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Donated not Wasted

Second annual food-rescue campaign begins as seasonal residents head north

April 12, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Lee County Solid Waste's second annual "Donated not Wasted" food rescue campaign encourages seasonal residents and visitors to donate unopened pantry items before returning north.

"We were delighted with the participation during our inaugural campaign in 2018," said Pam Keyes, Lee County Public Utilities Director. "Last year, 3,771 pounds of food was collected over the two weeks enough to provide 3,143 meals to those in need."

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 now until April 22 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.

Drop off locations

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 Library locations

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

Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library, 921 SW 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. N. 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

About Lee County Solid Waste

Lee County Solid Waste seeks to ensure the health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of Lee County by providing a responsible and economical solid waste management system. The agency, a division of the Lee County Public Utilities Department, has established a track record of success. Including energy recovered from the agency's Waste To Energy Facility, Lee County is on track to meet Florida's 75 percent recycling goal by 2020. Lee County Solid Waste plans to continue implementing programs that make recycling, resource recovery and responsible waste management easier and pledges to strive for even more effective and sustainable solutions for the future. Learn more at



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