Address: 10500 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33905
Hours of Operation: 24/7 365 days a year. The plant is not open to the public except during special events and for pre-arranged tours. You can also tour the facility as a LeeGROWS participant.
All of the household garbage collected in Lee and Hendry counties eventually ends up at the Lee County Resource Recovery Facility, where it is sorted for reusable and recyclable materials. The lowest value waste is brought to the Waste-To-Energy Plant where, for the last 20 years, it has been converted to electricity through combustion.
At this facility's mass-burn combustion system, waste is combusted at temperatures above 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. The energy created during the combustion process is transformed into electricity. Once the waste is combusted, all that is left is an inert ash residue that is about 10 percent of its original volume. The Waste-to-Energy plant is also equipped with an enhanced metal recovery system that efficiently removes ferrous and non-ferrous metals from the ash; the recovered material is recycled. This ash is then disposed of at the landfill in Hendry County.
The Resource Recovery Plant is equipped with extensive air pollution control systems. It is the first operational plant in the United States to be built with a permanent activated carbon injection system for controlling mercury emissions. The environmental control systems were designed with the new, more stringent, Clean Air Act in mind, and emissions have met the proposed standards without any modification. Facility emissions are continuously monitored and strictly regulated by state and federal agencies.
All aspects of the plant are monitored from the central control room 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Learn more about how Waste-to-Energy works.
Awards & Recognitions
The Lee County Resource Recovery Facility is a sound, long-term, environmental and economic solution to solid waste disposal. It has won prestigious awards recognizing excellence in design, construction and operation of power generation systems throughout the world.
The Lee County facility also received the prestigious 1996 Environmental Citizen of the Year Award from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
For a complete listing of awards and facility recognition, please see Solid Waste Program Recognition and Awards.