What does the Florida Department of Environmental Protection responsible for doing?
Florida Department of Environmental Protection, is Florida's lead agency for environmental management and stewardship- protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida DEP is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems. The department is focusing on six strategic goals to help achieve this vision: 1) Focus taxpayer resources on projects that provide a direct benefit to the environment and local communities. 2) Establish and consistently use clear metrics to evaluate and strengthen the department’s programs, activities and services. 3) Partner with communities and businesses to protect natural resources and promote economic growth. 4) Improve the quality of natural resources through long-term planning, restoration and maintenance. 5) Empower employees to solve problems through innovation and efficiency. 6) Proactively communicate a clear, consistent message internally and externall
Is Florida on track to achieve a 75% recycling rate by 2020?
On its way to a 75% recycling rate by 2020, Florida’s recycling rate in 2014 was 50%, meeting the 50% target rate specified in Florida statute. Eighteen counties are leading the way with 2014 recycling rates reaching and exceeding the 50% Interim Recycling Goal. In 2014, eighteen counties have already achieved that 50% rate. As of January 1, 2015, the Department has also recognized 29 businesses and other organizations with a recycling rate of at least 50%. The challenge is for other counties, businesses and governmental agencies recycling efforts to match or exceed those that are leading the way. Each of us and our families can contribute by continuing to recycle as much as possible from our homes. With strong recycling programs and strong participation from businesses, governmental agencies, organizations, families and individuals, we can get Florida to 75% by 2020.