The Lee County Solid Waste Annex at Topaz Court
Facts and Figures:
Total Area: 60,000 Sq. ft.
Purchase Price: $ 2 million
3 buildings with a total of 15,568 sq. ft.
Retrofit Cost: approx. $ 500,000
General Contractor: Lodge Construction
Owner: Lee County
Operator: Lee County Solid Waste Division
Lee County purchased the property on Topaz Court in Fort Myers with its 3 warehouse type structures in July 2007 for the temporary storage of household chemical waste relinquished by the public and to house the Divison's customer service section and offices of the environmental staff tasked with the oversight of the franchise hauling contracts. One of the warehouse structures was remodeled into an office building and the other two structures were remodeled and retrofitted to safely seggregate and store household chemical waste and electronic devices targeted for recycling. Lee County began operation at the Topaz Court Annex in April 2008.
The facility's central location makes it easily accessible from all areas of the County. On average about 1,432 residential customers per month make use of this disposal site. Chemicals such as latex paint, aerosol cans of various constituents, pesticides, pool and spa maintenance chemicals, propane tanks, and other chemicals are brought to the main storage area for sorting and consolidation by Lee County employees.
Solid Waste Technicians consolidate the chemicals received into 55 gallon drums and 5 gallon pails for transport via a contracted waste handler to an approved recycling or disposal facility. Approx. 90 percent of the materials brought to the household chemical waste drop off facility are recycled.
The Topaz Faciliy Annex also offers a nominal fee confidential document shredding and the purchase of bagged OrganicLee® Compost.