To ensure that debris is collected in the most efficient, safe, and timely manner, we recommend you follow these simple guidelines.

  • Local media will notify when collection will take place.
  • Do not place trash, recycling or debris near low hanging objects, around mailboxes or utility equipment including power poles/lines, electric meters or fire hydrants.
  • Small quantities should be prepared the same as your weekly collection, in containers or recyclable bags/bundles 50 lbs. or less.
  • Large quantities of vegetative debris should be piled at the curb for mechanical collection.
  • All white goods must be empty.  Any containing food or other waste will not be collected. (See Priority 3)
  • Use your regular collection container or heavy duty plastic bags. Place in your normal location for weekly collection
  • Do not mix materials.
  • Separate collections for each material.
  • Land clearing and landscape improvement activities are not eligible for collection.
  • No collection of large quantities of yard debris on private roads or in gated communities unless included in a FEMA declaration.
  • Businesses and owners of vacant lots are required to make their own arrangements for debris clean-up.
  • Pickup Priority Levels:
    • Priority 1:
      • Normal Household Garbage
        • Bagged garbage
        • Discarded food
        • Packaging materials
    • Priority 2:
      • Normal Household Recyclables
        • Newspapers
        • Cardboard
        • Plastic containers (#1 - #7)
        • Glass
        • Steel
        • Aluminum
      • Yard Debris
        • Shrubs
        • Palm fronds
        • Tree / grass trimmings
        • Bushes
        • Leaves
        • Twigs/cut tree branches
    • Priority 3:
      • White Goods/Appliances
        • Refrigerators
        • Ranges
        • Washing machines
        • Dryers
        • Water heaters
        • Freezers
        • Microwaves
        • Air conditioners
      • Construction/Demolition Debris
        • Lumber
        • Glass
        • Drywall
        • Insulation
        • Concrete block
        • Plumbing
      • Recyclables
      • Bulk Items
      • Electronic Equipment
      • Tires

Recycling Smart is easy!

Recycle Smart – 5 for the Cart

There are only 5 things to remember –

  1. Paper – no soiled, shredded, metallic or waxed.
  2. Metal – only aluminum or steel (tin cans, aluminum foil and disposable foil pans.
  3. Cardboard – any kind of box that doesn't have waxed coating.
  4. Plastic – containers labeled #1 - #7 – no bags, no Styrofoam.
  5. Glass – bottles and jars that are clear, green or brown.

Placing anything else in your cart is "Wish-cycling" – the most expensive disposal method of all.

Lee County Solid Waste Division – www.leegov.com/solidwaste - 239-533-8000.