Frequently Asked Questions
the website for the Solid Waste Management Department
1. Is residential recycling
mandatory in Collier County?
Recycling is only mandatory for non-residential
units in Collier County. See our Business Recycling section of this website for
more information on business recycling. Florida State Legislature mandated in
1988 that Florida counties with populations over 50,000 must implement recycling
programs with a 30% recycling rate by 1994. To reach this goal Collier County
implemented a recycling program for single-family homes in 1990, a program for
multi-family homes in 1994 and a mandatory non-residential recycling ordinance
in 2004. The same recyclables are collected from all residents but the collection
system and billing might be different for single-family and multi-family homes.
Because recycling is one step toward protecting our natural resources and reducing
the dependancy on landfill space, all residents are encouraged to recycle.
2. Will recycling lower my garbage bill?
No, but it may in the future. In the long run, when everyone recycles, less landfill
space is used, more resources are saved and the environment is protected. Your
garbage bill represents all your solid waste services, including twice weekly
curbside garbage collection, 10 containers/bundles of yard waste weekly, bulky
items and recycling collection. In addition to curbside collection, residents
can drop off many items at county operated recycling centers without charge.
3. How do I get my first recycling container for
my new home?
If you have just moved into a newly constructed home
in Collier County and have your certificate of occupancy, you can call Solid Waste
Customer Service at 403-2380, Monday - Friday, 8:00am -5:00pm to order your new
recycling container. It will be delivered within 2-3 weeks. Remember the container
is assigned to the home not the homeowner. If you move leave the container with
4. How do I get additional containers
if I recycle a lot?
For additional containers you can call Waste
Management Customer Service at 649-2212 and request an additional container. Homeowners
must pay for additional containers through Waste Management. It will take between
2-3 weeks for the container to be delivered.
How do I get a replacement container if mine is stolen, run over or broken?
Call Customer Service at 403-2380 to make arrangements to replace your recycling
6. What day do I set out my
Please call Customer Service at 403-2380 to
determine what day your curbside recycling is picked up on your street.
7. What time should I set out my recycling container?
Local Ordinance 99-51 Section 7, states that your recycling container,
yard waste, garbage container, and bulky items are not to be set out before 6:00
PM the evening before your actual collection day. Empty containers should be removed
the same day as collected. Violations carry a $100.00 fine.
What items can I put in my single-family curbside recycling container?
You can place all paper products; newspapers, paper bags, office paper, junk mail,
phone books, catalogs, magazines, plastic grocery bags, food trays, egg cartons,
cereal/food boxes and cardboard (flattened and cut to 3x3 size) All plastics #
1 through # 7. All clear, green and brown glass bottles and jars. All steel, tin
and aluminum cans.
9. How do I prepare
my recyclables for curbside pick-up?
Please remove food residue
from all items. Place all recyclable items together in the curbside container.
10. How do I recycle if I live in a multi-family
complex without separate curbside containers?
should have large recycling containers used by multiple residents. These containers
are marked "paper" and "commingled". All paper products including newspaper, junk
mail, office paper, magazines, catalogs, phonebooks, cereal/food boxes and flatted
cardboard (3x3 in size) go into the paper container. All other items including
aluminum/steel/tin cans and brown/clear/green glass, egg cartons, food trays and
plastic grocery bags go into the commingled container.
What can I do with my plastic grocery bags, styrofoam egg cartons and food tray?
You can now place these items in your recycling container. In addition
most supermarkets in Collier County have in store collection containers for plastic
bags and styrofoam food containers.
What can I do with the styrofoam packing peanuts?
and clean bubble wrap can be reused. Most privately owned mailing stations will
accept them for reuse if you drop them off. Check the yellow pages for a mailing
station near your home.
13. Where can I
take large amounts of cardboard for recycling?
Cardboard can be
taken to several drop-off locations around the county or to one of the Recycling
Centers. There is no charge for recycling large amounts of cardboard.
14. How do I recycle or dispose of paint, oil and
other hazardous products?
Most items can be taken by home owners
to the Recycling Centers at no cost. There is also a Household Hazardous Waste
Center inside the Naples Landfill.
What do I do with batteries, dispose of them or recycle? Are they considered hazardous?
Alkaline batteries are not hazardous. All non-rechargeable A, C,
and D cell batteries can be disposed of in your household trash. Other batteries
such as those found in hearing aids, cell/cordless phones, cameras and rechargeable
batteries have toxic substances such as nickel, cadmium or lithium in them and
should be recycled. All lead acid batteries for cars, trucks, boats, tractors,
motorcycles, etc. are hazardous waste and are required to be recycled or disposed
of properly. These items can be dropped off at the Recycling Centers or the Household
Hazardous Waste Center inside the landfill.
What do I do with my used car tires?
Call Customer Service at 403-2380
for a special pick-up. Tires are included in your annual garbage assessment as
bulky items. Residents are permitted to dispose of up to four tires a month. Tires
do not have to be removed from rims.
What do I do with bulky items such as furniture, appliances and electronics?
Remember Items which are in usable or working condition should always be considered
for reuse. Donate the items or put a free ad in the paper. Call Customer Service
at 403-2380 to schedule a bulky item pick-up. The recycling or disposal of these
items is included in your annual garbage assessment.
What do I do with my yard waste?
Yard waste can be placed at curbside
for collection. Call Customer Service at 403-2380 if you need to know your yard
waste collection day. Yard waste can be placed in up to 35 gallon personal containers
or paper bags weighing less than fifity (50) pounds, the waste shall not extend
above the top of the curbside container over twelve (12) inches. Yard waste that
is not containerized shall be bundled and securely tied with cord or material
strong enough to support the bundle. The bundles shall not exceed fifty (50) pounds
in weight nor exceed four (4) feet in length. Branches will not exceed four (4)
inches in diameter. Do not use plastic bags for yard waste. Yard waste will not
be picked up if not set out properly.
What do I do with my dead Christmas tree?
Christmas trees can be
set out curbside on your regular yard waste day. Multi-family residents can bring
their trees to the Recycling Centers for mulching. Call Customer Service at 403-2380
if you need to know your yard waste collection day.
Who can use the recycling centers?
The Recycling Centers can be
used by all residents and businesses within Collier County.
What items can be taken to a recycling center?
The following items
can be dropped off at the Recycling Centers; all plastics #1 through #7, food
trays, egg cartons, aluminum cans, antifreeze (10 gallon limit), appliances, car
batteries, catalogs, cooking oil (10 gallon limit) coorugated cardboard,electronics,
fluorescent lamps, glass bottles & jars (green, brown & clear) hazardous waste,
junk mail, magazines, mercury devices, motor oil (10 gallon limit), newspaper,
ni-cad/rechargeable batteries, office paper, paint, paper grocery bags, phone
books, plastic grocery bags, scrap aluminum, scrap metals, steel cans, textiles,
tin cans, transmission/hydraulic fluid (10 gallon limit)
Where are the Recycling Centers located and when are they open?
Carnestown Recycling Center
41 East & State Road 29
Monday and Saturday, 8 am - 5 pm
700 Stockade Road
Immokalee, Fl 34142
Hours: Mondays - Saturdays, 8 am - 5 pm
Island Recycling Center
771 East Elcam Circle
Marco Island, Fl
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 8 am - 5 pm
Naples Recycling Center
Naples, Fl 34104
- Saturday, 8 am - 5 pm