A team of researchers will be going door to door in parts of Collier County from late August to early September as part of a recycling pilot study. Collier County Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Division encourages residents to participate in the study and learn more about recycling.
The residential and multifamily pilot initiatives are supported by the circular economy national nonprofit The Recycling Partnership and by WM, North America’s largest comprehensive waste management environmental solutions provider. The project is intended to increase the amount of quality recyclables – items that are accepted for recycling that are clean, empty and dry – so they can be recovered and put back into the recycling system to become new products or packaging.
“Recycling is very important to our community. We are pleased to be selected as one of three counties in the United States for this study and excited to see how engaging with our community participants makes a difference,” said Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Director Kari Hodgson.
This pilot is another step the county is taking to keep recycling rates strong. Collier County 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.
Now, more than ever, Americans view recycling as an essential public service, according to a survey conducted by The Recycling Partnership in 2019. Residential recycling programs, like the pilot between the County, WM and The Recycling Partnership, are likely to be a critical step to increasing recycled content that can be turned into new products.
Learn more about what is and is not acceptable in recycling at collierrecyclesright.com.
About Collier County Solid and Hazardous Waste
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. There are four Recycling Drop-off Centers conveniently located throughout the county where residents can dispose of paint, light bulbs and other residential hazardous waste.
About The Recycling Partnership
At The Recycling Partnership, we are solving for circularity. We mobilize people, data, and solutions across the value chain to unlock the environmental and economic benefits of recycling and a circular economy. We work on the ground with thousands of communities to transform underperforming recycling programs; we partner with companies to achieve packing circularity, increase access to recycled materials, and meet sustainability commitments; and we work with government to develop policy solutions to address the systemic needs of our residential recycling system and advance a circular economy. We foster public- private partnerships and drive positive change at every step of the recycling and circularity process. Since 2014, we have diverted 500 million pounds of new recyclables from landfills, saved 968 million gallons of water, avoided more than 500,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases, and driven significant reductions in targeted contamination rates. Learn more at recyclingpartnership.org.