In-House Recycling Efforts
On July 27, 2004, the Collier County Board of County Commissioners adopted Ordinance 2004-50 establishing a recycling program for non-residential property in the unincorporated areas of Collier County. The “ Collier County Non-Residential Recycling Ordinance ” will become effective for all businesses, including Collier County Government, in August 2005. To lead by example the Division of Facilities Management, in conjunction with the Solid Waste Management Division, has developed a program to save natural resources by increasing recycling efforts, encouraging participation in recycling programs, and raising awareness regarding the importance of recycling.
Currently, Collier County Government recycles office paper, cardboard, aluminum cans, glass containers, plastic containers (#1 through #7), phone books, newspaper and toner/ink jet cartridges. In addition, the Department of Facilities Management recycles used light bulbs, ballasts and batteries.
On-Campus Interior and Exterior Recycling Locations
The Department of Facilities Management currently handles all recycling on the main Government Complex and is moving forward to include most satellite sites. Locations with new recycling containers include:
- INTERIOR : Building B, Buildings C1 and C2, Building F (2nd, 3rd and 5th floors), Building G, Building H (1st, 2nd and 3rd floors), and Building L (1st and 5th floors).
- EXTERIOR: Building B, Building D (East), Building F (Vending Machine Area), Building H (2 containers), Building J, Building L (2 containers), Museum, Parking Garage #1, Subway, and Building W. Map
The Division of Facilities Management is in the process of ordering additional interior and exterior recycling stations. These will be placed at all library locations, Transportation, several Parks and Recreation sites as well as all Collier County Government sites in Immokalee. There are already several containers placed at the Community Development and Environmental Services Building with additional containers placed as the need arises.
Collection and Removal
Facilities Management has contracted with Waste Management for the removal of cardboard, paper, glass, aluminum and plastic recyclable materials. An office paper container, a cardboard recycling container and twelve 64-gallon co-mingled totes for glass, aluminum and plastic have been placed outside of Building W for a “one stop” collection location. The 64-gallon totes are emptied weekly by Waste Management with the larger cardboard and paper container emptied by Waste Management as needed. Phone books are picked up by our contracted janitorial service, One Source, and taken to one of the County’s local transfer sites. Newspaper is collected and taken to an off-site recycling container.
Visions for the Future
A goal of the Division of Facilities Management, with the help of the Solid Waste Management Division, is full compliance with the Collier County Non-Residential Recycling Ordinance. By developing partnerships with all Collier County divisions and agencies, the In-House Recycling Program will increase the County’s recycling efforts and raise employee awareness regarding the importance of recycling. Through these efforts, Collier County Government will become a recycling leader not only in the business community, but also among local governments.
Additional Recycling Resources
How to Recycle at the Office
Collier County Solid Waste Management Division
Florida Department of Environmental Protection http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/recycling/pages/educate.htm
Earth 911 http://www.earth911.org/master.asp
For any questions regarding the Department of Facilities Management’s recycling initiatives, please contact Ann Simpson at
See Our Recycling Flyer (.pdf file)