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.
The following areas are asked to place residential storm debris at the curb by Feb. 13:
- Pine Island north of the Pine Island Road/Stringfellow intersection. (Matlacha and St. James City are unaffected.)
- Waterway Estates
- Fort Myers Shores
- Iona/McGregor (north of Summerlin Road)
- Island Park
- Cypress Lake
At this time, Lee County has set a Feb. 1 deadline for the following unincorporated areas to place their remaining storm debris out for collection:
- Whiskey Creek / McGregor
- Pine Manor
- Page Park
- Beacon Manor
- Winkler Road corridor
- Royal Tee
- Burnt Store
- Herons Glen
- Tara Woods
Please note, this collection is for residential storm debris only and does not include debris from vacant land, commercial sites or agricultural properties. Those entities must pay to remove materials or self-haul materials to an appropriate site. Go to www.leegov.com/solidwaste for more information.
Some areas do not yet have any deadline for debris set-out, and residents in those areas should continue to separate their household waste from storm debris. The county’s debris-hauling contractor will continue collections of storm debris in these areas of the county until it is complete.
Lee County thanks residents who were given set-out deadlines in some unincorporated areas and have placed their remaining Hurricane Ian debris at the curb. The county reminds those residents that collection of storm debris in these areas will conclude once material that met the deadline has been picked up:
- Lehigh Acres
- Daniels Parkway corridor
- Eagle Ridge
- Florida Gulf Coast University / Miromar areas
- Gasparilla Island / Boca Grande
- San Carlos Park
- The Villas
Lee County has reached another milestone with 5 million cubic yards of debris collected – almost three times more than was collected after Hurricane Irma in 2017.
Five million cubic yards of debris would:
- Fill Hertz Arena to the ceiling 13 times
- Fill the 1,250-foot Empire State Building 3.5 times
- Cover 781 football fields with 3 feet of debris
Specialized trucks working continuously in unincorporated Lee County have removed 118,625 loads of debris from roadsides since collection began Oct. 4.
Crews have now cleared debris from 4,400 miles of Lee County roads. That's nearly the distance from Fort Myers to London, England.
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 IanDebrisCleanup@em.myflorida.com
Storm debris is collected separately from household garbage. Storm debris collection is already underway throughout the county.