Florida Senate - 2023                                     SB 506
       By Senator Stewart
       17-00263-23                                            2023506__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to a comprehensive waste reduction and
    3         recycling plan; amending s. 403.7032, F.S.; requiring
    4         the Department of Environmental Protection to develop
    5         a comprehensive waste reduction and recycling plan for
    6         this state by a specified date, based on certain
    7         department recommendations; requiring the department
    8         to convene a technical assistance group for a
    9         specified purpose; providing minimum requirements for
   10         the comprehensive plan; requiring the department to
   11         submit a report to the Legislature upon completion of
   12         the comprehensive plan; providing requirements for the
   13         report; providing an effective date.
   15  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   17         Section 1. Subsection (6) is added to section 403.7032,
   18  Florida Statutes, to read:
   19         403.7032 Recycling.—
   20         (6) By July 1, 2024, the Department of Environmental
   21  Protection shall develop a comprehensive waste reduction and
   22  recycling plan for this state based on recommendations from the
   23  department’s Florida and the 2020 75% Recycling Goal Final
   24  Report. The department shall convene a technical assistance
   25  group within the department to help develop the plan.
   26         (a)At a minimum, the comprehensive plan must:
   27         1.Identify recycling goals based on sustainable materials
   28  management and waste diversion.
   29         2.Include a 3-year plan to implement all of the following
   30  strategies:
   31         a.Recycling education and outreach. The department shall
   32  propose statewide solutions to provide local recycling
   33  information and education throughout this state.
   34         b.Local government recycling assistance. The department
   35  shall evaluate the benefits and challenges of the former state
   36  Recycling and Education Grant Program and provide
   37  recommendations for reinstating the program or considering other
   38  means of providing recycling assistance to local governments.
   39         c.Recycling materials market development. The department
   40  shall consider and recommend plans to develop and promote
   41  markets for recycling materials.
   42         (b)Upon completion of the plan, the department shall
   43  provide a report to the President of the Senate and the Speaker
   44  of the House of Representatives. The report must include an
   45  update on the status of the plan and any recommendations for
   46  statutory changes necessary to achieve the recycling goals or
   47  strategies identified in the plan.
   48         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2023.