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‘Donated not Wasted’ — Lee County food-rescue campaign to begin

March 16, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Lee County Solid Waste has created "Donated not Wasted," a food rescue campaign, to encourage seasonal residents and visitors to donate unopened pantry items before returning north.

About 70,000 tons, or 13 percent, of the waste stream in Lee County is food, according to a 2016 waste audit. Nationwide, Americans throw out about 30 percent of the available food supply.

To help reduce those numbers, unopened canned or dry goods can be dropped off from Sunday, March 18, to April 2 at any Lee County Library System location or Lee County Recreation Center. Additional collection containers are located at the Six Mile Cypress Slough and the Topaz Court Household Chemical Waste Facility.

Lee County Solid Waste is asking the public to join the effort along with its partners - the Harry Chapin Food Bank, Waste Pro, FOX4, the Lee County Library System and Lee County Parks & Recreation - to help route food that might otherwise end up in the waste stream to the county's population of people in need.

For more information visit or call 239-533-8000.

The Lee County Solid Waste Division is a nationally recognized enterprise system providing residents and businesses safe, affordable waste disposal and recycling services. The system utilizes an energy-from-waste combustion process to create clean, renewable energy and single-stream recycling for material recovery.

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Recreation Centers

* Estero Recreation Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero, FL 33928

* North Fort Myers Recreation Center, 2000 North Recreation Park Way, North Fort Myers, FL 33903

* Veterans Park Recreation Center, 55 Homestead Road South, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936

* Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center, 16760 Bass Road, Fort Myers, FL 33908

Lee County Libraries

* Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs, FL 34135

* Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33914

* Captiva Memorial Library, 11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva, FL 33924

* Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library, 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers, FL 33916

* East County Regional Library, 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres, FL 33971

* Fort Myers Regional Library, 2450 First St., Fort Myers, FL 33901

* Johann Fust Community Library, 1040 W. 10th St., Boca Grande, FL 33921

* Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers, FL 33919

* North Fort Myers Public Library, 50 Pine Island Road, North Fort Myers, FL 33903

* Northwest Regional Library, 519 Chiquita Blvd., North Cape Coral, FL 33993

* Pine Island Public Library, 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia, FL 33922

* Riverdale Branch Library, 2421 Buckingham Road, Fort Myers, FL 33905

* South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero, FL 33928


* Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, 7751 Penzance Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33966

* Topaz Court Solid Waste Annex, 6441 Topaz Court, Fort Myers, FL 33966



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