Public Meeting on Florida's Recycling Goal

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

Work is underway in Florida to try and recycle 75 percent of the state's waste. The Department of Environmental Protection held a public meeting Tuesday afternoon to hear input on how to reach that goal by 2020.

The Department says Leon County currently recycles 24% of its trash, which is close to the overall percentage in Florida. D.E.P. says continued support from communities is the only way to go green.

Ron Henricks, recycling program manager with the D.E.P. said, "If we're going to have a chance at reaching the goal, communities are going to have to focus more on the commercial sector. We've got the residential sector covered pretty well. You look around in Tallahassee, you see we've got weekly collection of recyclables. The commercial sector has not been focused on as much in a lot of communities."

To achieve the 2020 goal, the D.E.P. plans on recycling more things like paper, construction waste and yard waste.

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