Florida is not unique in America, passing state laws and local ordinances that mandate businesses to recycle, and the links to the ones that specifically affect you can be found by linking to your city page on this web site. For example, if your business is located in Naples, you will find the link for Collier County RECYCLING ORDINANCE NO. 2004 -50 on
the Naples page of our site.
Put simply, your business is required to provide documentation proving that a bona fide contractor processed your recycle material.
Most ordinances recommend four steps to meet your business recycling obligations.
Step 1 Contract
Obtain a service agreement from a service provider, or Self Haul to a recycling center, or directly to commodity markets.
You will normally be required to complete a County Recycling Plan Form
Step 2: Convenience
In order for recycling to work, making it convenient to your people is key, and works best when you;
Provide designated containers for recyclables throughout the business.
For co-mingled containers a centrally located container in the break room may work best.
Step 3: Communication
Provide annual education to employees–Flyers/memos
Provide information to new employees
Education should, at a minimum, indicate what is recycled and where containers can be found
Step 4: Compliance Enforcement
The state is not concerned about the quality of the effort your company puts into your recycling program – i.e. how much you recycled.
It wants to see that you have a recycling plan form, bins, and an education program for your staff.
If your company is found not to comply, you will assessed an Advance Disposal Fee based on DOR Code.
The ADF assessed monthly until compliance achieved. If non-compliance is for stopped service due to failure to pay for service, fines are issued in addition to ADF, at $300 per infraction.
The State of Florida is not concerned with your confidentiality obligations and requirements, only in you being able provide evidence that any recycling was handled correctly, and did not find it’s way into the regular, or “garbage” waste streams.