Since making the switch to single stream recycling, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties in Florida have seen an increase in their recycling rates. Indian River County’s recycling rate increased from 33 percent in 2014 to 53 percent in 2017, and St. Lucie’s recycling rate jumped from 39 percent in 2014 to 58 percent in 2017.
In addition to single stream recycling, the counties educate residents on the importance of recycling and what can and cannot be recycled.
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How do you encourage people to recycle more and keep more materials out of local landfills? Two Treasure Coast counties have found that making it easier does the trick and gets them closer to meeting the state's recycling goals.
The Department of Environmental Protection sets goals for how much recyclable solid waste counties should divert from their landfills through recycling.
In 2014, Martin was the only Treasure Coast county meeting the state recycling target, at the time 50 percent. Martin County achieved a 62 percent recycling rate, putting it fourth-highest in Florida, almost twice that of Indian River's 33 percent and St. Lucie's 39 percent.