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County facility anticipates 10,000th customer

By Staff | Mar 3, 2009

The Lee County Solid Waste Division announces that it is anticipating its 10,000th customer this week at the Household Chemical Waste Drop Off Facility.
As of Monday evening, the division reported the count was at 9,870 residents.
Since the opening of the permanent facility April 2, the center has seen on average 50 residents per day come and dispose of household chemical waste.
The facility was established to replace the three collection events held Saturdays at Page Field, and residents quickly adapted to the permanent facility.
The 10,000th customer will receive a $20 gift card courtesy of Covanta Energy Inc., the operator of Lee County’s Waste-To-Energy facility on Buckingham Road in east Fort Myers.
Since the facility opened, a total of 542,137 pounds of household chemical waste has been brought to the facility. Of that amount 506,297 pounds were recycled. The 35,840 pounds that could not be recycled were sent to EPA- and DEP-approved disposal facilities.
In addition to household chemical waste, generally categorized as flammable, poison, corrosive, reactive and oxidizer, the facility also accepts obsolete electronic devices.
The Household Chemical Waste Drop Off Facility is located at 6441 Topaz Court in Fort Myers. For information, visit: www.leegov.com/solidwaste.