Brevard County Recycling Rate Exceeds State Goal; No. 1 In Central Florida
By Don Walker // August 6, 2015
exceeded recycling goals set by the State
BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA — Brevard County’s recycling rate of 55 percent has exceed the state recycling goal by 5 percent, ranking the County second-highest in the state for recycling and first in Central Florida.
New recycling data released by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection shows an increase in Brevard County’s recycling rate for 2014. Brevard County has achieved a recycling rate of 55 percent, exceeding the State 2014 recycling goal by 5 percent.
This impressive ranking compares to a recycling rate of 52 percent in 2013 and puts Brevard County in 2nd place in the State for recycling and also places Brevard County in the lead position in the Central Florida area. Martin County was the only other county to rank above Brevard for its recycling rate.
“Brevard County has consistently exceeded the recycling goals set by the State” says Hillary Arena, Recycling Coordinator for Brevard County Solid Waste Management.
“This is no small feat but one that can be directly attributable to the dedicated recycling efforts of the citizens of Brevard County and our cities.”
Florida’s official recycling rate is now 50 percent, up one percent from last year. The Florida Legislature set an ambitious goal to recycle 75 percent of Florida’s waste by 2020. One of the goals set to meet along the way: Recycle 50 percent by the end of 2014.
The County’s aggressive recycling effort is ongoing.
“As we seek to promote recycling in our communities, efforts will continue to educate citizens about what to recycle and the proper way to get those items ready for recycling,” said Euripides Rodriguez, Director, Brevard County Solid Waste Management Department.
Future efforts will focus on the next level of recycling – commercial recycling. Commercial waste accounts for approximately 55 percent of the total municipal solid waste in Florida. However, only about half of the commercial solid waste is recycled.
“We will need all Brevard County residents and businesses to step up their recycling efforts. By working together, the residents of Brevard County will reach the ultimate goal of recycling 75 percent of our waste by 2020,” Rodriguez said.
For more information on recycling, contact Hillary Arena, at 321-633-2042 or visit the Brevard County website at Brevardcounty.us/solidwaste