FPL marks National Recycling Day by recognizing efforts that help keep
customer bills low and preserve Florida's environment
Company is one of state's largest recyclers
JUNO BEACH, Fla., Nov. 15, 2013
JUNO BEACH, Fla., Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- To coincide with National
Recycling Day, Florida Power & Light (FPL) Company today announced savings of
approximately $8 million in 2013 as a result of its recycling and refurbishing
efforts. FPL, one of the state's largest recyclers, saved nearly $6 million by
recycling materials and more than $2 million by refurbishing old parts and
manufacturing its own hardware items last year. These savings help keep
customer bills low.
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"FPL is helping to keep thousands of tons of materials out of Florida's
landfills and reducing the need for new goods," said FPL Vice President of
Environmental Services Randall LaBauve. "Our recycling and reuse program
results in substantial environmental and economic benefits. It's not only good
for the environment, but the savings help FPL provide the lowest typical
residential electrical bills in Florida."
"For years, FPL has been a leader in Florida for efficient and effective
operations that reduce its environmental impact. The company is a role model
for how other corporations can adopt these sustainable practices and
experience similar savings, revenues and community-wide benefits," said Tim
Center, executive director of Sustainable Florida.
At FPL's Corporate Recycling and Services (CRS) facility in Riviera Beach,
Fla., operations are centralized to maximize recycling and minimize fuel used
for transportation. The same trucks that deliver 95 percent of new materials
into the field for construction and maintenance projects, return loaded with
used materials to be recycled and/or reused.
In 2012, FPL's centralized CRS facility in Riviera Beach recycled or reused:
o6 million pounds of scrap metal; equal to six Boeing 747s
o301,250 pounds of paper and cardboard; equal to about 150,000 Sunday
o1,150 streetlights; enough to light up the city of Coconut Creek, Fla.
o7,000 cubic yards of non-treated wood; equal to the length of 700 football
o250,000 gallons of mineral oil; equal to four million 8 oz. bottles of
Other FPL Recycling Initiatives
oArtificial Reefs -- Since 2005, FPL has partnered with county and state
agencies in creating four artificial reefs. In October 2013, FPL donated
25 concrete power line poles to create a new artificial reef – the third
one in less than a year – off the coast of St. Lucie County. FPL has
donated 2,700 tons of material, or the equivalent of 1,800 mid-sized cars,
to St. Lucie County's artificial reef program, which is funded by the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and private donations.
oPower Plant Demolitions -- FPL recycled 98 percent of all materials, or
more than 190,000 tons of concrete and metal, from three power plant
demolition project sites in Florida including Port Everglades, Riviera
Beach and Cape Canaveral.
Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the largest rate-regulated electric utility
in Florida and serves the third-largest number of customers of any electric
utility in the United States. FPL serves approximately 4.6 million customer
accounts and is a leading Florida employer with approximately 10,000 employees
as of year-end 2012. During the five-year period ended December 31, 2012, the
company delivered the best service reliability among Florida investor-owned
utilities. As of year-end 2012, its typical residential customer bills are the
lowest in Florida, and based on data available in July 2012, are about 26
percent below the national average. A clean energy leader, FPL has one of the
lowest emissions profiles and one of the leading energy efficiency programs
among utilities nationwide. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based
NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more information, visit www.FPL.com.
SOURCE Florida Power & Light Company
Contact: Florida Power & Light Company Media Line: (561) 694-4442
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