Wish.cy.cling /wiSH sīk(ə)liNG/
the practice of tossing questionable items in the recycling bin, hoping they can somehow be recycled.
Do you Recycle Smart?
There are only
5 materials that belong in your recycle cart.
(Click on the picture of each material for a quick informational video.)
Curbside Collection of Recyclables
Lee County offers weekly curbside collection of recyclable material. Your waste hauler will come by on the specified day to pick up both your recyclables and yard waste.
Junk mail, newsprint, magazines, printing paper, phone books, etc. Basically, any kind of paper except shredded, waxed, metallic or soiled. (No hard cover books - donate those instead)
Aluminum or steel (tin) cans
aluminum foil & disposable pans are good, too
Any kind of box that doesn't have a waxed coating (such as those used to hold milk, juice and broth) Flatten it to save room in your cart
Look for the numbers 1 -7 within the recycle triangles on the bottom of the container
(no Styrofoam, no plastic bags)
Green, brown and clear bottles and jars
Have a hard time remembering if an item goes in the trash or recycle? If you live in unincorporated Lee County, Bonita Springs, Estero or Fort Myers Beach, check the lid of your recycle cart - the information is right there.
Don't be a Wish-cycler
Just because an item is recyclable doesn't mean it's recyclable in your curbside cart. Wish-cyclers include extra items in their recycle cart and hope for the best.
This method of "recycling" is the most expensive and highest impact form of disposal.
A wish-cycled item must be
- Collected from your curb
- Transported to our
Material Recovery Facility (MRF)
- Transported again
- Finally disposed of
Please visit the
What Not to Recycle page for a list of common household items that do not belong in your recycle cart. If in doubt, please call one of our friendly customer service representatives at 239-533-8000.
Remember - Plastic bags and shredded paper do NOT belong in your recycle cart.
Want a visual reminder?
Lee County offers "Recycle Smart" information in paper or magnet form in both English and Spanish.
Click on the image below to view a larger, printable version of the magnet in English.
Topaz Court Solid Waste Annex for copies or use the provided links to print the material yourself. We are happy to provide you with material to share with your friends, family, neighbors or community association.
Recycle Smart Magnet - Spanish
Recycle Smart Brochure - English
Recycle Smart Brochure - Spanish
Interested in learning more about Lee County's Recycling process?
You can get a lot of great information about what happens to the material you place in your recycle bin from
ReCommunity, Lee County's contracted recycling plant operator.