Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Monroe tops in recycling

Monroe County ranks in the Top 10 when it comes to recycling rates, according to Florida Department Environmental Protection (DEP).

The county had a recycling rate of 55 percent and came in 10th among Florida counties. The DEP does allow counties like Monroe to get credit for the burning of its trash as recycling.

Without including the burning of trash, the rate would be about 37 percent, according to Rosa Washington, who oversees recycling projects for the county.

In 2008, the Florida Legislature first established a new statewide recycling goal of 75 percent to be achieved by 2020. Hillsborough and Lee counties have the top two total recycling rates at 73 and 70 percent, respectively.