Florida League of Cities

Comprehensive Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan (Support) – Failed

SB 36 (Stewart) and HB 455 (Casello) require the Department of Environmental Protection to develop a comprehensive waste reduction and recycling plan by July 2025, based on recommendations from the Department's 2020 75% Recycling Goal Final Report. The bill also requires the Department to convene a technical assistance group to help develop the plan. The plan must include the following: recycling goals based on sustainable materials management and waste diversion; a 30-year plan to implement strategies relating to recycling education and outreach; local government recycling assistance; and recycling materials market development. The bill requires the Department to submit a report and recommendations to the Legislature following completion of the plan. HB 445 passed the House (119-0) and died in Senate Messages. (O'Hara)