Recycling Advisory Committee

Okaloosa County Recycling Advisory Committee

Vision Statement: The vision of the Okaloosa County Recycling Advisory Committee is to advise the Okaloosa County Commissioners so that they can inspire and challenge Okaloosa County residents to achieve the highest waste reduction, recycling and reuse goals in the state of Florida through innovation and creativity, sound advancements in science and technology, and efficient programs that improve economic vitality and environmental sustainability.

Mission Statement:  The mission of the Recycling Advisory Committee is to review, comment, and/or make recommendations to the Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners on matters of recycling administration and operations in order to:

  • improve recycling effectiveness and efficiency;

  • increase public awareness of best practices;

  • conduct reviews of new and emerging technology; and

  • plan long-term enhancement to recycling capabilities

Members:  Nine (9) members, appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. Term - 1 year and can be appointed to successive terms

Desired configuration:

  • 3 - At-large citizen/resident
  • 1 - Institute of Senior Professionals
  • 1- Education Community
  • 2 - League of Cities (Recommendations)
  • 1 - Commercial Business
  • 1 - Environmental Community

Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of each month from 1 PM until 3 PM CST.  Location 3rd Floor Main Board Room located in the Okaloosa County Water & Sewer Building, 1804 Lewis Turner Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

Liaison Department: Public Works Department - Waste Resources Division - (850) 689-5772.

Meeting Minutes by Date:

Reference Documents:

The Recycling Recognition Program was developed to encourage private businesses, institutions, schools, public organizations and citizens to increase recycling in order to reach Florida’s recycling goal of 75 percent by 2020

Clemson University Recycling – Strategic Plan

Government in the Sunshine Manual

ECUA website for Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties

Statewide public education campaign dedicated to increasing Florida’s recycling rate

Okaloosa County contract with ECUA

Fun article from National Geographic aimed at kids

2014 Waste and Recyclabes Composition Study

Innovative Recycling Technologies:

Recycling Technologies

 

Innovative Technology-based Recycling Resources

  1. Drive the plastic highway? How a California company's innovative repaving process could lead to the 'holy grail' of road construction https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/08/08/recycling-plastic-pet-bottles-repave-california-roads/3315815001/ Technisoil (https://technisoilind.com/technisoil-g5.html) uses four large construction vehicles linked together in what’s called a “recycling train.’’ The old roadway is scooped up, ground up and combined with liquefied type 1 recycled plastic

  2. Sweden’s recycling is so revolutionary, the country has run out of rubbish https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/sweden-s-recycling-so-revolutionary-country-has-run-out-rubbish-a7462976.html Sweden has a cohesive national recycling policy so that even though private companies undertake most of the business of importing and burning waste, the energy goes into a national heating network to heat homes through the freezing Swedish winter…(using it) as a substitute for fossil fuel.”

  3. Upgrading Recycling for Today’s World — and Tomorrow’s https://www.plasticmakers.org/news/mrff/ Pilot programs to add flexible plastic packaging (FPP) to curbside recycling, such as resealable food bags, pouches for laundry detergent pods and pet food bags, results in the production of a new recycled material called rFlex that can be used to make durable goods and other products.

  4. Innovations in recycling https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/01/partner-content-innovations-in-recycling/ PureCycle’s technology recycles polypropylene into a “virgin-like” resin, which is the basis for plastic products. Polypropylene is the second-most used plastic in the world, yet only 1 percent is currently recycled. Supply, however, can’t keep up. Recyclers are screaming for more material, mainly because people just aren’t recycling enough.

  5. 4 Top Plastic Recycling Technology Startups https://www.startus-insights.com/innovators-guide/4-top-plastic-recycling-technology-startups-impacting-packaging/ Four ways to process plastics into usable product, or to create new uses for such products. One is PolyWaste Technology™, which can recycle a wide variety and combination of contaminated film, semi-rigid and rigid plastics from multiple commercial, industrial, agricultural and/or domestic waste streams into value-added plastic products. (https://newtecpoly.com/polywaste/)

  6. Can Chemical Recycling Solve The World's Plastic Problem? (13-minute Video with commercials) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPllpwMuV9Y "Plastics recycling is failing, and the plastics industry is betting big on a technology called chemical recycling to save it. This tech can supposedly convert any type of used plastic into plastic that's as good as new. But skepticism abounds."

  7. Recycling and composting technology (6-minute video) https://youtu.be/8WvtorSDcss Dealing with hard-to-recycle plastics, organic waste and textiles

Successful Recycling Technologies From Around The World

Recycling innovations from around the world

  1. From Austria to Wales: The five best recycling countries in the world https://www.nspackaging.com/analysis/best-recycling-countries/ Summary of these 5 countries’ recycling programs.

  2. 5 best recycling practices from around the world https://www.bbva.com/en/5-best-recycling-practices-from-around-the-world/ Three countries overlap the list above, and the article provides additional detail.

  3. Recycling Systems Around the World https://freelymagazine.com/2019/03/25/recycling-systems-around-the-world/ Some countries overlap the list above, and the article provides additional detail.

  4. 5 Recycling Lessons From Different Countries in the World https://www.bbvaopenmind.com/en/science/environment/5-recycling-lessons-from-different-countries-in-the-world/ Some countries overlap the list above, and the article provides additional detail. There is also a 5-minute video about a zero-waste town in Japan (https://youtu.be/eym10GGidQU

Other Interesting Information and Resources 

Additional resources include:

  1. Waste Management website information on recycling Recycling: https://www.wm.com/us/en/inside-wm/sustainable-technology/recycling Organics Recycling: https://www.wm.com/us/en/inside-wm/sustainable-technology/recycling Website states that Waste Management is "investing heavily in innovative technologies to process materials,” and "turning leftover food and yard trimmings into materials that positively impact the environment and economy.”

  2. PlastiCycle - Nashville TN https://plasticycle.com/about-plasticycle-2/ "Ability to handle challenging plastic recycling situations helps us keep millions of pounds of scrap out of landfills.”

  3. WasteZero - Raleigh NC https://www.wastezero.com/partners WasteZero partners with hundreds of cities, towns, counties, and state agencies across the nation to reduce residential trash while also optimizing the financial health of the community.