Sunday, November 16, 2014
Recycling is smart business for Florida’s environment
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.