Collier County has attained the 75 percent recycling rate set by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). One of five counties to reach the 75 percent mark, Collier County recycled 1.5 million tons of the 2 million tons of waste collected in 2021 according to the FDEP. This is the first time Collier County has reached the statewide goal and represents a one percentage point increase over the previous year.

“We are so proud of our residents, visitors and businesses who recycle right every day,” said Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Director Kari Hodgson. “Our exceptional recycling rate emphasizes the fact that every person can make a difference to help preserve the environment.”

Collier County’s residential collection program recycles glass, metal cans, plastic bottles, paper and cardboard. The award-winning foam recycling program collects foam at any of the county’s Recycling Drop-Off Centers. In addition, yard waste, construction and demolition materials, appliances and electronics are recycled. The Gas to Energy Facility converts landfill waste to energy that powers 3,000 homes.

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