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1988 Florida Solid Waste Management Act (SWMA) mandated waste minimization, conservation of landfill space, litter control, and recycling. The SWMA not only laid a solid foundation for sustainable and environmentally responsible solid waste management, it has also stimulated job creation in specific industrial sectors of the economy. Large numbers of quality green jobs have been produced in solid waste management in the two decades since implementation of the SWMA.

Florida set an ambitious recycling goal of 75% by 2020 through the Energy, Climate Change and Economic Security Act of 2008, two decades after its first enactment of Solid Waste Management Act of 1988 with a 30% recycling goal.

Since 2012, the Local Governance Research Laboratory has been conducting a series of research projects on solid waste management, recycling, and green jobs in Florida, funded by Hinkley Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management.

Our studies provide a longitudinal database for employment trend in recycling market in Florida. We also examine state, county, and local governments' waste management and recycling programs whether they have been effectively implemented and positively influenced green jobs creation in Florida. Evidence from methodologically rigorous analyses provides useful information and policy implications to governments, practitioners, and academia.



Local Governance Research Laboratory

Sustainability Energy & Governance Center


Askew School of Public Admin and Policy

Hinkley Center

Florida DEP

Division of Waste Management