|RECYLING: DO'S AND DON'TS|
Our office often gets phone calls from Waste Management personnel informing us that certain recycling bins couldn't be collected because an owner had put "trash" items in it. When that happens, we have to send one of our maintenance crew to dump the entire bin in the dumpster and the benefit of recycling is lost.
Collier County's recycling is processed at the Pembroke Pines material recovery facility. Recycling involves a complex system of conveyors, blowers, screens, sensors, magnets and humans to the sort the tons of co-mingled recyclables hauled in daily.
It's best to keep your recyclables separate. In other words; don't fill plastic grocery bags with newspapers or bottles. While they can be in the same bin, they are processed differently at the recovery facility. It's much easier to process when items are not bundled together.
WHAT CAN'T BE RECYCLED?
PLASTIC SHRINK WRAP. For example, the type of wrap that secures a bulk supply of water bottles. The bottes and the cardboard on the bottom is recyclable. The plastic is not!
PLASTIC SANDWICH AND STORAGE BAGS.
COOKWARE GLASS, WINDOW GLASS, LIGHT BULBS, PORCELAIN AND MIRRORS
ALUMINUM FOIL, AEROSOL CANS, PAINT CANS, OLD POTS AND PANS
PACKAGING PEANUTS OR STYROFOAM BLOCKS
CANDY WRAPPERS, PLASTIC POOLS, HANGERS OR TOYS
PIZZA BOXES OR FOOD CONTAINERS THAT ARE SOILED WITH FOOD RESIDUE
WAX COATED MILK OR JUICE CARTONS
WHAT CAN BE RECYCLED?
HOUSEHOLD PLASTICS SUCH AS CUPS, BEVERAGE BOTTLES MILK JUGS, CONTAINERS FOR SHAMPOOS, DISWASHING LIQUIDS AND CLEANING SUPPLIES.
GLASS USED FOR FOOD JARS AND BEVERAGES.
PLASTIC FOAM EGG CARTON, VEGETABLE AND MEAT TRAYS (AS LONG AS THEY DON'T HAVE FOOD RESIDUE)
JUNK MAIL, MAGAZINES, NEWSPAPERS AND NON-FOIL GIFT WRAP
CEREAL BOXES AS LONG AS THEY ARE NOT WAX COATED
We hope this helps clear up recycling confusion! If you have any questions you can call the Collier County service line at 239-252-2380 or check the website at www.colliergov.net/recycles.