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Recycling is Mandatory for Businesses Located in Unincorporated Collier County, the City of Marco Island, the City of Everglades City, and in the City of Naples.

The Collier County Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Department is responsible for recycling and/or diverting 75% of the total amount of waste generated in Collier County.  Proactive steps taken to manage recyclables generated outside the residential curbside collection program include a first-in-the-state mandatory non-residential recycling ordinance (Ordinance No. 2004-50) passed in 2004, to require recycling on non-residential properties and make recycling mandatory for businesses. 

Did you know commercial waste makes up about 59% of the total municipal solid waste generated in Collier County?  Businesses and industry operations generate recyclable materials in many areas such as offices, cafeterias, retail stores, shipping and warehouse units, print shops, and production areas.  Many companies already have a recycling program in place, while others are just beginning. 

To those businesses who have implemented a recycling program: thank you for taking the recycling initiative to reduce waste and increase recycling.  Your waste reduction efforts support the county in achieving the target of Florida's 75% Recycling Goal.  The Florida Department of Environmental Protection Agency currently reports Collier County's recycling rate at 64% for 2018.  Recycling possibilities are endless, keep up the good work!

 

What materials are recyclable?

 

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Paper:

Office Paper: Copy paper, computer paper, stationary paper, white note paper

Mixed Paper: White and colored paper, newspaper, file folders, and manila envelope

According to the American Forest and Paper Association, nearly 80% of America's paper mills depend on paper recycling to supply the raw materials they need to make new paper.

Corrugated Cardboard:

Approximately 100 billion cardboard boxes are produced each year in the U.S. 70% of corrugated cardboard is recovered for recycling.

Glass: 

(Clear, Green, & Brown Glass)

Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity. It has served as a universal packaging container for centuries.

*Please note: Not all haulers accept glass as part of their commercial recycling program; be sure to check with your hauler on what materials they accept.

 Metal:

(Aluminum, tin, and steel cans; scrap copper, lead, zinc, nickel, titanium, cobalt, chromium, and other precious metals).

Through the utilization of ferrous scrap rather than virgin materials in the production of iron and steel, CO2 emissions are reduced by 58%.

Plastic:

(Plastics #1-7) 

Water, soda, juice, and condiment bottles, food tubs and containers, 
milk jugs, egg and juice cartons, vegetable and meat trays.

For every 1 ton of plastic that is recycled, we save 2,000 pounds of oil.

 

Recycling is just one step in a series of proper waste management techniques.  Before you begin your  recycling program, think of how you will do it effectively. We work closely with local businesses to create successful, cooperative commercial/business waste reduction and recycling programs.  Should you require assistance, our Recycling Coordinators are here to help.  We will come to your facility and provide a waste assessment and discuss various recycling techniques to get you started. To set up an appointment with a Recycling Coordinator, please call 239-252-2508.   

 

Collier Recycling Ordinance No. 2009-56

Everglades City Interlocal Recycling Agreement

Marco Island Interlocal Recycling Agreement
  
City of Naples Recycling Ordinance Section 32-40

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