Published: Apr 12, 2010 11:05 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The city of Fort Myers is taking its recycling out of town, after learning its recyclables were being burned at the Lee County Waste-to-Energy facility.

Fort Myers will now ship its recycling to Pembroke Pines, Florida.

Lee County had been burning the recycling coming from the city because of the way it was collected.  Fort Myers co-mingles all recyclables into one container, but the county facility currently is unable to automatically sort those materials.

Taking the recycled material out of town will come at a cost to the city.

"We're estimating about once a day, we're running four days a week, possibly five, so we're estimating somewhere in the range of $40,000 for the next five months," said Paul Flores, with the city's Solid Waste Division.

The county is working on an upgrade to its recycling equipment, expected by late fall.  The city says it will resume bringing its recyclables to the county facility at that time.

"It's a critical program for the city of Fort Myers, we do not want this little incident to deter or detract from their efforts on recycling," Flores said.