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State of Florida Waste and Recycling Information and Tips

Florida’s goal is to increase recycling rates to 75% statewide

In 2008 the Florida Legislature introduced a goal to increase statewide recycling rates to 75%, and in 2010 a plan was put into place to make that happen. The plan is to achieve this recycling goal by 2020.

This is quite an ambitious goal, and if achieved, would put Florida as one of the top recycling states in the country. Here’s a few things being done to work toward 75%:

  1. New grant programs will help promote increased recycling and educational tools to boost recycling rates.
  2. A Recycling Recognition Program encourages businesses, public/private institutions and citizens to demonstrate at least a 40% recycling rate.
  3. Encourage cities/counties to offer curbside recycling and mandatory commercial recycling. List of recycling availability by county (2012).

Stay up-to-date on the progress of Florida’s 75% recycling goal

Where does Florida send its waste?

Much of it is sent to one of the State’s waste-to-energy (WTE) facilities where the waste is used to produce renewable energy. As of 2011, there are 11 WTE plants in Florida, making it the biggest producer of energy from waste in the country.

Where do I dispose of (______)?

There are two easy ways to locate a landfill, composting or recycling facility near you.

  1. Use the Solid Waste Map Locator tool to view facilities statewide on an interactive map
  2. Use the new Statewide Solid Waste Universe database to locate a disposal facility that accepts the type of material you have (i.e., construction/demolition debris, yard waste, etc.)

***For e-waste recycling (i.e., computer, TV, etc.), try this map.

Waste and recycling laws vary by location, here are a few examples…

Here’s how the top 5 most populous counties in Florida regulate trash hauling/disposal and recycling, and also some useful facts that may come in handy.

Miami-Dade County

  • All businesses and multi-family properties (apartment and condos) are required to recycle.
  • Commercial disposal fees at local landfills/recovery facilities range from $64.85 to $85.51 per ton for general commercial waste.
  • Learn more

Broward County

  • Each city has a designated waste hauler franchised to handle waste/recycling services. Most offer single-stream recycling. Contact your hauler directly to setup recycling service.
  • Recycling is not mandatory for commercial/multi-family residences, as of 2013, but is strongly encouraged.
  • Landfill fees range from $50 per ton for general waste and $30 per ton for C&D debris.
  • Find a roll-off dumpster rental company in Broward County

Palm Beach County

  • Recycling is completely voluntary in Palm Beach County, but this hasn’t hurt waste reduction goals which is currently above 50%.
  • Tipping fees range from $42 for garbage to $45 for C&D debris.
  • Curbside waste hauling is contracted out to franchised haulers and your service provider varies depending upon your location. However, you are free to rent a roll-off dumpster from any private waste hauler for any type of home cleanout, construction, demolition, or renovation project.

Hillsborough County

  • Curbside service is handled by one of three franchised haulers. You can opt of this agreement and self-haul your waste (residential or commercial) if you wish. Landfill fees for most waste is $68.81 per ton.
  • Recycling is not mandatory.
  • Choose any local, permitted waste hauler for your dumpster rental needs.

Orange County