31201 Tamiami Trail East
Open every 2nd Saturday from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
The Carnestown Recycling Drop-off Center was formerly a Class I Landfill serving residents of the remote and environmentally sensitive areas of Everglades City, Chokoloskee, Ochopee, Copeland, and surrounding areas of Collier County. The 4.39 acre site commenced operations in August 1977 accepting municipal solid waste, yard waste, scrap metal, waste tires, automotive batteries, waste oil, and white goods for residential customers only.
On August 1, 1980, a lease agreement was signed between the Collier Development Corporation and Collier County for the use of Carnestown Transfer Station through 1991, when Collier County purchased the Carnestown Transfer Station. In 1982, the Board of County Commissioners authorized the use of the Carnestown Transfer Station for commercial use. The site was then altered to be operated as an unmanned "green box" facility at no charge. Due to its remote location, the unmanned site was misused for disposal which resulted in a Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) citation and a recommendation to return the site to a manned operation. That same year following the recommendation, the Carnestown Transfer Station became a manned transfer station accepting municipal solid waste, construction and demolition debris (C&D), and yard waste. In 1985, the Carnestown Transfer Station was considered by the FDEP as a Class III, Yard Waste Site. This classification allowed the county to receive a ground water monitoring plan exemption.
In 1995, the Collier County Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Division started the collection of recyclable materials and used oil under the FDEP's Public Used Oil Collection Program. In 2002 the site was registered as a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility (HHWCF) by the FDEP and by definition was officially operating as a recycling center.
Today, the Carnestown Recycling Drop-off Center operates the second Saturday of every month and accepts household hazardous waste, used oil, batteries, electronics, tires, yard waste and C&D. The Carnestown Recycling Drop-off Center was approved by the FDEP as a Disaster Debris Management Site, allowing Collier County to use this site as necessary in the event of a major storm or disaster.