Collier County Businesses Recycle 226 Tons of Waste

Think Green Every Day

Mid-year recycling numbers are up since Waste Management rolled out a commercial single-stream recycling program in Collier County last January.

Between January and June 2010, commercial single-stream recycling customers have recycled 226 tons of waste, increasing the life of our landfill and preserving our natural resources.

Since 2004, Collier County businesses have been under mandate to implement a recycling program. Until January 2010, the only options available were for business owners to utilize the standard residential-sized rolling cart with a yellow lid or separating materials, like cardboard boxes, into larger front-end containers.

"By providing a front-end container with additional space, our customers are able to recycle a higher percentage of their waste," said Larry Berg,
Sr. District Manager.

In the single-stream containers, business owners can recycle the same items that are picked up from their homes:

Plastics #1-7 including plastic containers of all sizes
Clear, green and brown glass bottles
Newspaper, cardboard, junk mail, paper grocery bags, carton board and magazines

Once picked up, the recyclables are delivered to Reuter Recycling Center in Pembroke Pines. Nationally, Waste Management processes approximately eight million tons of recyclables per year. Recovering this material saves both energy and resources. Recycling metals in particular saves considerable energy: nationally, the company recycled more than 40,000 tons of aluminum, conserving enough energy to run 1.6 million televisions for 13 hours a day all year long.

For more information on single-stream recycling, call: (239)633-3793 or email dferrao@wm.com

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