Recycling Champion

 Q. Why do I need to recycle?
A. Recycling has numerous environmental benefits. Recycling saves energy, conserves natural resources, limits pollution, and saves landfill airspace.

Q. How do I become a recycling champion?
A. Becoming a recycling champion is easy! Recycle at home, work, at school – everywhere you go. Share knowledge with others, and help spread the word on the value of recycling. Volunteer for environmental clean-up events, and help promote changing the way people think of their garbage.

Q. How does recycling work in Collier County?
A. Residents in unincorporated Collier County enjoy single stream recycling where all recyclables are placed in one container; there is no need to separate the materials. Recycling is mandatory for businesses in Collier County (County Ordinance 2009-56).

Q. Why is recycling so important in Collier County?
A. Collier County is one of the most beautiful yet environmentally sensitive areas in Florida. Our proximity to the Everglades and beautiful Gulf beaches is why we all live here. Sound recycling practices keeps our environment safe and stable, and demonstrates good stewardship.

Q. How does recycling save valuable landfill airspace?
A. Increasing recycling reduces the amount of garbage that gets buried in the landfill. The less garbage buried, the longer the landfill can accept waste, providing additional disposal capacity for generations to come.

Q. What do I do with household waste that cannot be placed in my yellow top recycling cart?
A. Household waste that is not recyclable at the curb may be taken to any of Collier County’s convenient Recycling Drop-off Centers –

• Naples Recycling Drop-off Center – 2640 Corporate Flight Drive (643-3099)
• Marco Island Recycling Drop-off Center – 990 Chalmer Drive     (252-5153)
• North Collier Recycling Drop-off Center – 9950 Goodlette Frank Road (252-8617)

 These are some of the items that are accepted at the Recycling Drop-off Centers 
* Cleaning Products       * Oil    
* Laundry Detergents      * Fungicides    
* Propane Tanks       * Pool Chemicals     
* Thermometers           * Waxes
* Insecticides & Herbicides       * Paint, Paint Thinner & Stains    
* Mercury Lamps & Switches   * Automotive Fluid
* Poison   * Health & Beauty Products

All of us have many of these materials in our homes and garages that may be hazardous if used, stored, or disposed of improperly.  

The following materials are also accepted at the Collier County Recycling Drop-off Centers.
* Fluorescent Bulbs & Tubes      * HID Lamps 
* Ballasts  * Lead Acid & Rechargeable Batteries     
* Electronics  * Office Paper 
* Residential Biomedical Waste Sharps      * Antifreeze & Waste Oil 
* Gasoline  * Cardboard 
* Used Cooking Oil & Grease   


Q. How does recycling save money for businesses?
A. By recycling more, businesses can reduce the size of their trash container and/or the frequency that it is emptied. When more materials are recycled, less materials go into the trash. The smaller the trash container, the smaller the monthly bill.

Q. Who do I call for help setting up or increasing the recycling program at my business?
A. Call 239-252-7575 and ask to speak with a Recycling Coordinator. Our Recycling Coordinators are happy to visit your business, perform a free waste assessment, and provide you with information on setting up a successful recycling program. 

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