Jay Katari’s Efforts for Recycling in Florida

Florida is the Southeastern most U.S. state, with the Atlantic on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. Florida’s population is around 18.65 million in 2009 and they generate approximately 32 million tons of municipal solid waste every year. In 2009 Floridians diverted 8,482,964 tons or 29% of Municipal Solid Waste from the landfill through recycling. In efforts to accelerate recycling and reduce waste in the Florida assed the Energy, Climate Change and Economic Security Act of 2008 established a new statewide recycling goal. Reduce the disposal of recyclables 75% by 2020.

Florida residents generate 8.39 Pounds/Day of waste, so there is no shortage of waste to work with.

Jay Katari started South Florida Textile Recycling, Inc. back in 1998, with placing 24 collection bins in Palm Beach and Broward counties. Since then, he also set up 10 more clothing collection businesses across a dozen states recycling more than 26 million pounds of second hand clothes and Footwear every year.

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