Hillsborough and Pinellas Have Top Recycling Rate in Florida

State Data Shows Tampa Bay is Leading Florida Recycling Efforts

Hillsborough County, Fla. (August 7, 2017) - Hillsborough and Pinellas counties are leading the state of Florida in recycling efforts, according to data released last month from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). The agency's 2016 annual recycling rates for individual counties and the state show both counties tied for the highest county recycling rate at 82 percent. FDEP annually tracks the progress being made by Florida counties as they strive to reach the state's goal of recycling 75 percent of all waste by the year 2020.

FDEP counts a variety of credits toward a county's overall recycling rate, including credits from waste-to-energy facilities that burn garbage to produce renewable energy. Both Hillsborough and Pinellas counties own and utilize waste-to-energy facilities as a means of reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills. Operating these facilities helps boost recycling credits.

Recycling is one of the easiest ways that Tampa Bay residents can help the environment and the local economy. Recycling helps conserve resources, reduces the amount of pollution associated with manufacturing, leads to the development of new products, and creates jobs. Just this spring, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties participated in a regional "Trash the bag" campaign, a partnership with local governments to educate and encourage Tampa Bay residents to keep recycling bag-free by properly disposing of plastic bags.

Hillsborough and Pinellas counties credit residents, businesses, and municipal partners for their recycling efforts, which are leading the state. However, there is more work to do. Whether you have been recycling for decades or just starting, it's worth taking a second look to make sure you are recycling correctly. Recycling technology and processes change over time, so recycling program rules change too. Hillsborough County residents can learn more by visiting or

Hillsborough County
Media Contact: Kara Walker, (813) 272-6699

Pinellas County
Media Contact: Irena Karolak, Public Information Specialist, (727) 464-4600


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