Published: Apr 08, 2010 6:30 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Fort Myers residents may be surprised to learn that their recycling isn't actually recycled - it's burned.

The reason? The City of Fort Myers sends its recycling to the Lee County waste facility. But Fort Myers and Lee County have incompatible trash systems. Lee county separates its recyclables into paper and containers, while the city mixes all of its recyclables together. Therefore, when Fort Myers recyclables arrive at the Lee County waste facility, they're considered contaminated.

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