Lee County Solid Waste has created “Donated not Wasted.” This is a food rescue campaign to encourage seasonal residents and visitors to donate unopened pantry items before returning north.

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 from today through April 2 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.

For more information, visit www.leegov.com/solidwaste or call (239) 533-8000.