75% Recycling Goal

  • Jan 12, 2016
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Simply put, we plan to recycle 75% of all solid waste generated in Manatee County with only 25% buried in the landfill before the end of 2020.

What is the 75% Recycling Goal?

The Energy, Climate Change and Economic Security Act of 2008 created Section 403.703 of the Florida Statutes. This established a new statewide recycling goal of 75% to be achieved by the year 2020. The long-term goal for the recycling efforts of state and local governmental entities, private companies and organizations, and the general public is to reduce the amount of recyclable solid waste disposed of in waste management facilities, landfills, or incineration facilities by a statewide average of at least 75 percent. Any solid waste used for the production of renewable energy shall also count toward the long term recycling goal.



On the way to achieving this goal the following benchmarks have been set:

  December 31, 2012 – 40% recycling rate

  December 31, 2014 – 50% recycling rate

o   December 31, 2016 – 60% recycling rate

o   December 31, 2018 – 70% recycling rate

o   December 31, 2020 – 75% recycling rate

o   Florida’s recycling rate in 2015 was 54%.

o   Manatee County’s recycling rate in 2016 was 54.5%.




 Annual certified recycling rates are determined by the FDEP, and comprise percentages of total tons collected for recycled materials. It is the responsibility of each County to calculate and report their recycling rate to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection by April 1 of each year. The recycling rate is based on the percentage of municipal solid waste created in the County which is diverted from a waste disposal facility for the purposes of recycling.


*More information and reports can be found on the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s website: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/recycling/SWreportdata/14_data.htm

*Program Components of the 75% Recycling Goal: