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Gov. Ron DeSantis has proclaimed November 11-15, 2019 as “Florida Recycles Week.” The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Recycling Partnership are encouraging people to recycle — and recycle right.
Florida has a goal to recycle 75% of its municipal solid waste by 2020. It’s a lofty goal but we can move the needle.
The national rate for recycling is about 34%. Florida is way ahead, with a recycling rate of approximately 50%, but we need everyone’s participation to reach our goal.
So make sure to recycle plastic bottles and jugs, aluminum and steel cans, paper and cardboard, whether you are at home, at work or on the road. And make sure the items are clean and dry. When in doubt if something is recyclable, throw it out in the trash instead, so you do not contaminate the good recyclable material.
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Plastic bottles can be recycled to make new items like shoes, carpet and filling for jackets. Aluminum cans are recycled to become new cans, and if you recycle one aluminum can, you save enough energy to power a television for three hours. Plastic bags and film, when recycled at your retailer (not curbside), become baskets you find in grocery stores, planters and decks.
Florida Recycling Partnership is a coalition of top Florida businesses and associations with the mission of educating policy makers and the general public on the benefits of recycling. Our members believe in the symbol – reduce, reuse and recycle! They are doing their part to reduce waste in their day to day business, reuse materials whenever possible and recycle those items that can be recycled.
Florida Recycling Partnership members recycle every day. They are recycling within the confines of their business, as well as providing customers recycling opportunities.
Let’s all do our part and recycle every day!
What have your recycled today?
Keyna Cory is the executive director of the Florida Recycling Partnership.
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