In today’s home-based businesses in Collier County, many residents are often left trying to tame their recyclable materials, which can pile up. And the Naples Recycling Center located off Enterprise Avenue near the Naples Municipal Airport offers recycling solutions for local office managers.
There were also 328 business licenses added, modified, or changed in Collier County during the month of July alone, also hammering more recyclable refuse into the Naples Recycling Center. But staffers of the center are prepared for business recyclable deliveries, with convenient hours of operation from Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Brad Beebe, a 5-and-a-half-year crew leader of the Naples Recycling Center, has seen his fair share of bizarre recyclables arriving during his time at the center.
“I saw a church steeple arrive here from Marco Island after the hurricane, and there was a guy walking around with a gun he was trying to get rid of,” Beebe said.
Yet, most of the items entering the recycling area are from business owners who are conscious about reducing solid waste in landfills. The recycling center accepts clean newspapers, cardboard boxes that are clean and dry, all plastic products labeled one through seven, unwanted junk mail, magazines, phone books, paints, tin, aluminum, steel and glass. In November, the recycling center will also host a shredding day for office paper.
“November 15th is America Recycles this year,” said Margie Hapke, public information coordinator for the Collier County Public Utilities Division. “We get a lot of requests from people who need to shred paper, and we offer a shredding service on that day, too.”
Angela Bunker, a senior equipment operator at the Naples Recycling Center, often greets business owners and residents as they arrive with their recyclables.
“We just recycled 14 jukeboxes and arcade games that came in a week ago from a bar that closed,” Bunker said of a recent delivery.
The recycling center suggests business owners and local residents take these three easy steps to recycle safely and conserve natural resources:
1. Remove food residue if it was once a food container.
2. Place all recyclables in your cart loosely without bags, or deliver to the recycling center.
3. Place recycling carts at the curb with at least three feet clearance from other objects.
If You Go:
Naples Recycling Center
2640 Enterprise Avenue West
Call the Solid Waste Department to order recycling bins at 252-2508
Call Customer Service for recycling service or questions at 252-2380
For questions or directions, call Naples Recycling Center at 643-3099
For additional information, visit www.colliergov.net/recycles