If you are interested in obtaining recycled product, call 904-712-4510 extension 84 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
HB7243 was passed in 2010 and signed into law by Governor Crist in July. The bill can be viewed in detail by clicking here.
Some important aspects of the new Recycling Law:
1) DEP has created the Recycling Business Assistance Center (Click here to visit their website). The purpose of the center shall be to serve as the mechanism for coordination among state agencies and the private sector in order to coordinate policy and overall strategic planning for developing new markets and expanding and enhancing existing markets for recyclable materials in this state, other states, and foreign countries. The bill outlines the center’s duties.
2) Sets long-term goal for Florida to recycle 75% of the municipal solid waste that would otherwise be disposed of by 2020.
3) All state agencies, K-12 public schools, public institutions of higher learning, community colleges, and state universities, all municipal, county, or other state entities who employees occupy buildings not owned by the municipality, county, or state and all entities occupying buildings that are managed by the Department of Management Services must, at a minimum, annually report all recycled materials to the county using the department’s designated reporting formats. Small counties and cities are exempted.
4) DEP shall recognize those private businesses that demonstrate outstanding recycling efforts using the information gathered from reports.
5) DEP shall evaluate and report biennially to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives on the state’s success in meeting the recycling goal.
6) Each county shall implement a recyclable materials recycling program that shall have a goal of recycling recyclable solid waste by 40 percent by December 31, 2012; 50 percent by December 31, 2014; 60 percent by December 31, 2016; 70 percent by December 31, 2018; and 75 percent by December 31, 2020.
7) In order to assist counties in attaining the goals, the Legislature finds that the recycling of construction and demolition debris fulfills an important state interest. Therefore, each county must implement a program for recycling construction and demolition debris.
8) If the state recycling rate for the 2013 calendar year is below 40 percent, DEP is directed to provide a report to the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives identifying additional programs or statutory changes needed to achieve the goals.
9) Beginning with the data for the 2012 calendar year, DEP shall post on its website the recycling rate for each county by July 1 of each year.
10) By January 1, 2012, the amount of C&D debris processed and recycled prior to disposal at a permitted MRF or at any other permitted disposal facility shall be reported by the county of origin to DEP and to the county on an annual basis in accordance with rules adopted by DEP. The rules shall establish criteria to ensure accurate and consistent reporting for purpose of determining the recycling rate. Also it requires that all C&D debris must be processed prior to disposal, either at a permitted MRF or at a permitted disposal facility. This paragraph does not apply to recovered materials, any materials that have been sourced separated and offered for recycling, or materials that have been previously processed.