Hurricane Irma left behind approximately 3 million cubic yards of debris - three times more than Hurricane Charley. This historic cleanup effort will take time, and it won't be complete until each area of Lee County is returned to its pre-storm condition.


Where are crews working this week?

View the interactive Lee County Debris Collection Map for the most up-to-date information. The map is updated weekdays at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. (smartphone map)

Please Note: Lee County Debris Collection crews work in unincorporated Lee County and the Village of Estero.

Residents in the following incorporated areas must contact their municipality directly for debris pickup information:

Garbage and debris generated outside of Lee County is not accepted at Lee County facilities.



Is there a place where I can take my own horticultural storm debris? 

View drop-off locations in Lee County where residents of Bonita Springs, Fort Myers Beach, Estero and unincorporated Lee County can self-haul horticultural debris from their residential site at no charge.

Commercial landscaping firms may also use the sites as long as they have documentation indicating the address of the residence where the storm debris was collected and proof that they have only charged the homeowner for collection and removal of the debris, not disposal.

Residents in the following incorporated areas must contact their municipality directly for information about public drop-off locations:

  • Sanibel (Keith Williams, 239-472-3700)




What is the difference between storm-related debris and regular household trash?

Storm debris includes any trees, tree limbs and shrubs that went down in the hurricane. It also includes any fencing, flooring, furniture or wall board, etc. that had to be removed from the home due to flooding or other structural damage. This will be picked up by special debris-collection contractors.

Regular household trash is those things that you would throw away in a typical week. This will be picked up by your regular waste hauler.


When will the storm debris be collected from my curb and what should I do to prepare?

There is no schedule for when storm debris will be collected from your neighborhood. Additional debris collection vehicles arrive daily and are dispatched as soon as they are certified according to FEMA guidelines. This cleanup effort will take months; it will not be concluded until all county neighborhoods are cleared.

You can prepare for the storm debris collection by having everything at the curb in separate piles; vegetation waste should be separate from construction debris, including furniture, appliances. If you have large amounts of leaves and small twigs in plastic bags, set those aside from any brush piles. The brush will be ground into mulch and plastic cannot be in the mulch.


How should I separate my debris?

Click on image below for a full-size printable copy.


When will my regular household collections resume?

All three types of household collections – garbage, recycling and normal weekly yard waste – resumed regular collection the week of Sept. 25.

You can help speed the cleanup by placing yard waste that is in compliance out for weekly collection by your regular hauler. This includes yard waste that is bagged, bundled and tied, or in containers. Each bag, bundle or container needs to weigh less than 50 pounds. Bundles need to be less than six feet. Palm fronds can be stacked in neat piles at the curb. 



Will storm debris be collected from private or gated communities?

Storm debris will be collected from residential properties in private and gated communities as long as the property manager or association president has provided a signed Right of Entry form. Please make sure the name of the community is clearly indicated on the front page. Please return the forms to Molly Schweers at or fax to 239-338-3337.



I lost a lot of trees and don't have enough room to stage all my storm debris along the road. What should I do?

Put as much as possible along the road without blocking the roadway. Do not fill any drainage swales in case we get another rain storm before the debris is collected. You will have to leave the rest of the debris on your property until after the first collection pass has been made, which will give you more room at the curb.
Disaster debris contractors cannot go on your property – debris has to be at the curb. They will be collecting the debris with a mechanized claw truck, so don’t put the debris anywhere that could be damaged by the collection truck.



How many passes will the debris collection trucks make?

They will make several passes, depending on how much debris is in your neighborhood. Please make sure to get your debris to the curb in separate piles a shown in the diagram below. Mixed wastes will NOT BE COLLECTED.



How much Storm Debris has been collected by Lee County?

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