Collier County began offering polystyrene foam recycling starting Oct. 1, at the North Collier Recycling Drop-Off Center, 9950 Goodlette-Frank Rd. Collier is a leading Florida county in providing this service to its residents. This important initiative will keep foam out of the landfill and help preserve the environment.
Residents and commercial customers can drop off foam products at the center free of charge. The center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Most foam products with a number six recycling symbol can now be recycled, including clean takeout containers, coolers, and egg cartons. Packing peanuts cannot be accepted for recycling and should not be placed in curbside recycling containers with the yellow tops.
Collier County’s foam recycling pilot program was made possible by a $50,000 grant from the Foam Recycling Coalition. The grant was used to purchase a foam densifier. The machine compresses foam into blocks, which are then sold to a vendor for collection and resale.
For more details on foam recycling and how you can help keep Collier green, visit colliercountyfl.gov/recycle or call 239-252-7575. ¦