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August 2007

Collier County opens artificial reef made from C&D waste

Collier County, Florida has completed the installation of an artificial reef nine miles off the coast near Caxambas Pass.

Coastal Zone Management partnered with Collier County’s Solid Waste Management Department on the project. Solid Waste Management director Dan Rodriguez said, “The fact that Solid Waste partnered with Coastal Zone Management on this project is benefiting divers, fishermen and the environment, because we are reusing construction materials to enhance the natural habitat for wildlife and preserve our environment.”

All the material is made up of clean concrete materials such as old culverts, telephone poles and junction boxes.

The project cost $100,000 to move the materials from the landfill to the drop site, paid for by the Solid Waste Management Department in an effort to recycle unusable items. Solid Waste receives the materials free from construction companies. The project provides a critical reef habitat for fish in the area.