Florida Recycles Day [GALLERY]

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By: Lanetra Bennett
November 5, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Florida's business community is working to improve recycling rates. They're doing that by spreading the word on the importance of recycling.

Businesses and organizations today met on the third floor of the Capitol building to celebrate Florida Recycles Day. It's a day to promote recycling statewide.

During the event, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection presented a recognition award to FSU for the university's recycling program.

Trey Gowdy with FSU Campus Sustainability says, "There are economical benefits, saving landfill fees. Then there's also environmental benefits, saving a lot of hazardous chemicals, our valuable resources from being used only one time. So, we're real excited to receive some recognition."

Displays showing recycling information and efforts were set up from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Capitol.

D.E.P. says Florida is well on its way to reaching its goal of a recycle rate of 75 percent. It says the current rate is 48 percent.

Press Release: Recycle Florida

Tallahassee - November 5, 2013 … Florida businesses and organizations are gathering in the Capitol on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 to celebrate Florida Recycles Day, a day dedicated to promoting recycling statewide.

Since 2008, Florida has been working toward a 75% recycling goal by the year 2020. Recycling has not been a top legislative issue in recent years, so a variety of businesses and organizations have joined together to talk about recycling again.

"People are not aware that Florida has a recycling goal. We want to make sure they know the business community is constantly working on improving recycling rates without mandates," stated Keyna Cory, Executive Director of the Florida Recycling Partnership. "Our members practice the mantra of reduce, reuse and recycle and want others to do the same at home, work and play."

Prior to 2012, Florida had a recycling rate of approximately 30%. However, the state is well on its way to reach the 75% recycling goal. According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection latest report, the current recycling rate is 48%.

As part of the event, Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel Vinyard will be presenting a Recycling Recognition Award to Florida State University. Accepting the award will be Willie Wiggins, Supervisor at Florida State's Solid Waste & Recycling Center and Trey Gowdy, FSU Campus Sustainability Associate.

"Our team at Florida State University is proud to be a part of Florida Recycles Day, and we appreciate the efforts of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for incentivizing recycling in the state. Due to the committed efforts of FSU's Sustainable Campus and Solid Waste & Recycling, under the direction of FSU Facilities, our campus recycling program is burgeoning. We are honored to receive this momentous recognition," said Gowdy .

Displays showing recycling information and efforts will be on the Third Floor - Capitol from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Participants include:
· Florida Beverage Association/American Beverage Association
· Florida Department of Environmental Protection
· Florida First Capital Finance Corporation (FFCFC)
· Florida Recyclers Association
· Florida Recycling Partnership
· Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association
· Keep Florida Beautiful
· Mothers for Mother Earth
· National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) - FL Chapter
· Publix
· Recycle Florida Today
· Southern Waste Information Exchange (SWIX)
· Southeast Recycling Development Council (SERDC)
· Waste Management


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