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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Recycling is smart business for Florida’s environment

Tallahassee Democrat

By: Cliff Wilson, III

We all play a role in protecting Florida’s environment.

That’s an important message to remember as we celebrate Florida Recycles Day with a special event at the Capitol on Tuesday.

The Florida Legislature has reminded us of our recycling responsibilities by establishing a goal of reaching a 75 percent recycling rate for municipal solid waste in the state by the year 2020. That includes waste generated by residential, commercial and institutional sources. On the path to that 75-percent benchmark, the state’s recycling rate in 2013 reached 49 percent – a one-percent increase from 2012. Another slight climb to 50 percent by the end of 2014 remains the target.

The Department of Environmental Protection is encouraged by these recycling numbers. Part of our excitement is seeing an increase in the amount of construction and demolition waste collected – a sure sign that businesses in this industry throughout the state are joining every-day citizens in taking their recycling responsibilities seriously.

One of those construction companies doing its part to help Florida reach its recycling goals is Tallahassee-based Mad Dog Construction. DEP will recognize Mad Dog on Tuesday as part of our “Recycling Recognition” program.

This is a program that recognizes businesses large and small for complying with the recycling benchmarks established by the legislature. In the last year, DEP has also honored the Miami Marlins baseball organization and Florida State University for their recycling efforts as well as smaller businesses throughout the state.

That’s why Tuesday’s Florida Recycles Day at the Capitol is an event worth celebrating. We must continue to share success stories in the business community from across the state to encourage others to join the effort.

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