In 2015, Florida recycled 13.8 million tons of municipal solid waste, helping to increase the statewide overall recycling rate to 54 percent.

Protecting the Environment by Recycling

  • Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators
  • Conserves natural resources such as timber, water and minerals
  • Saves energy and prevents pollution
  • Helps sustain the environment for future generations

Recycling Creates Jobs

  • Recycling and reuse create 9 times more jobs in Florida than sending trash to landfills and incinerators
  • Recycling and reuse businesses employ 32,000 people in Florida, generating $765 million in annual payroll and $4.4 billion in annual revenue

DEP is Growing the Recycling Economy

  • Recycling Business Assistance Center (RBAC)
    • Helps develop markets for recyclable materials
    • Assists recycling businesses at all levels of the supply chain
    • Partners with Enterprise Florida, Inc. and the Agency for Workforce Innovation to provide technical assistance and resources to current and potential recycling businesses in Florida
    • Provides information about financing options and general business support
  • Florida Recycling Loan Program
    • Program offers long-term fixed-rate loans at low-interest rates
    • Provides capital to businesses to purchase recycling equipment and machinery
    • Since its inception, the Florida Recycling Loan Program has provided more than $3.9 million
  • Recycling Recognition Program
    • Recognizes outstanding recycling achievements by private businesses, institutions, schools, public organizations and citizens across Florida
    • Qualifying for the Recycling Recognition Program demonstrates commitment to Florida’s economic and environmental future
    • To track, compare and report recycling efforts, visit

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