Lee County Solid Waste has resumed regular yard waste collection in all county-served areas.
Residents are asked to use containers, paper lawn and leaf bags or clear plastic bags to set vegetative material – including palm fronds – curbside on their regular collection day. Black plastic bags and bundled yard waste will not be collected with curbside yard waste at this time. Those items will be collected at a later date by the county's storm-debris contractor using specialized equipment.
Lee County hit a new milestone with 3 million cubic yards of debris collected.
Total collections from Hurricane Irma in 2017 were 1,749,948 cubic yards in 111 days. Hurricane Ian debris collection crews beat that number on Nov. 1 – only 28 days into collections.
Crews are setting new industry records with daily debris collection totals ranging from 78,000 cubic yards to nearly 100,000 cubic yards. There are 133 specialized debris trucks working continuously in Lee County each pulling a trailer that doubles collection capacity.
The Gulf Coast Landfill will accept Hurricane Ian construction/demolition storm debris only – not household garbage or horticulture waste – on an emergency basis. Waste Management and the county estimate the landfill could be used for 18 to 24 months.
Solid Waste is holding three informational meetings for residents to learn more about how this landfill will be used as Lee County recovers from Hurricane Ian. The meeting format will be come-and go with informational stations for discussion and questions.
Anyone with a question or concern about the Gulf Coast Landfill, or activity at the landfill, can call the Gulf Coast Reporting Line at (239) 645-4285. Your call will be answered by a live person who will take your question or concern and relay it to a WM staff person, who will return your call.
FDEM, in collaboration with Lee County, is now accepting applications from private and commercial property owners who would like assistance for the assessment and removal of qualifying debris, including vehicles, vessels and other title property.
FDEM is also accepting applications from owners of vehicles, vessels and other title property lost or displaced due to Hurricane Ian. Residents can apply at www.IanDebrisCleanup.com or by phone at 850-961-2002.
The Hurricane Ian Debris hotline is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. People can also email
Public drop-off sites for vegetative and structural debris are available. Click here for more information on debris removal.
Storm debris is collected separately from household garbage. Storm debris collection is already underway throughout the county.