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Posted on: September 21, 2021

Where does the trash go that's picked up from your curb?

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What happens to the trash, recycling and yard waste that gets picked up at your curb every week? Or the debris from demolition and construction projects?
ANSWER: It goes to Lee County’s 260 acre Waste Resource Recovery Facility on Buckingham Road, and gets sorted for reusable and recyclable materials. The parts of your trash with the lowest value are converted to energy that powers thousands of households!
Tours of this facility are available by calling 239-533-8000. On the tour, you will learn about “The Pit” and “The Claw” and a giant magnet, and how they fit into the disposal of your trash in viable economic and environmental ways.
Reusable and recyclable materials include plastic, cardboard, glass, metal cans, construction debris, tires, trees and brush. Learn more: 
Need mulch? It’s FREE to Lee County residents at five locations. (Yard debris is turned into mulch.) 
Thanks Vice Mayor Rexann Hosafros for touring the facility and sharing these pictures and info!

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Lee County's Waste Resource Recovery Facility
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