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Collections Prior to the Declared Storm Event:

In the event of any weather-related incidents, regularly scheduled garbage, recycling and yard waste collections are performed and remain in effect until sustained tropical storm force winds reach 39 mph, provided there are no road or bridge closures.

Move empty garbage containers immediately after the collection to a secure area so they don't roll into traffic or become projectiles.

In the case of impending storm conditions, please check this web page for messages or tune to your local media for updates or announcement of changes to your collection schedule.


Collections After the Declared Storm Event:

Residents:

Debris must be placed a the right of way for collection - collection crews will not enter your private property to remove debris.

Please set out four separate piles:

  • Household garbage (Materials normally placed in your garbage can for weekly collection.)
  • Yard waste (Only storm-related yard waste will be collected; debris from land-clearing activities is prohibited.)
  • Construction demolition debris (This debris includes materials that come from your home and outbuildings that were generated during the storm event including household items like carpet, furniture, roofing, siding etc.)
  • Appliances (Remove all food items from refrigerators and freezers prior to placing these items at the curb, and place them out with the normal household garbage.)

Make sure that each pile is clear of any electrical lines, water meters, mailboxes and fire hydrants.

Keep any hazardous waste separate, and contact Solid Waste at 239-533-8000 for disposal options.

Clean-Up Dates: After a hurricane, listen to local media for updates. Lee County will issue press releases and post clean-up dates on the County's website, and/or advertise in the local newspaper. Ensure that all material is at the curb for pick up at the time of the announced date. Clean-up crews will proceed from street to street and collect only debris placed at the curb. Emergency access roadways will be cleared first. This is a large-scale operation and your patience is greatly appreciated.

Remember, in a severe storm, the entire county could be covered with debris. Please have patience. We will be working in the hardest-hit areas first and will pick up your debris as quickly as we can. 

Businesses:

Businesses are required to make their own arrangements for debris clean up.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: During disaster clean-up, are my regular garbage and recyclable schedules affected?
A: No. Regular garbage and recyclable pickups are performed by the franchised garbage company and continue on a regular schedule as long as it is safe to do so and roadways are clear of debris. Pickup of garbage is the highest priority because of health hazards associated with putrification.

Q: What is the schedule for debris removal?
A: The County has enlisted extra resources for the pickup of storm debris and will announce to the local media and on its website when crews are in what area.

Q: A hauler came and picked up part of my debris. Will they come back?
A: This is not unusual that a truck may pick up some of your debris but not all of it on a particular sweep. Trucks will come back later to pick up the remaining debris if placed at the curb prior to the announced final dates of debris clean up.