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General Support/Services Division

Solid Waste, Recyclables, Horticulture and Bulk Trash Removal

Public Works Solid Waste Section Mission:
To provide cost-effective, environmentally safe, and sound solid waste management practices. Inherent within this mission are efficient, sustainable collection and disposal of various waste materials, and to pursue a healthier, more aesthetically pleasing community by promoting clean community programs and policies.

The City of Cape Coral contracts with Waste Pro to provide solid waste removal services to residents and business owners. Click on the links below for details on how to stay compliant with the City's requirements.


Check Your Trash Day Search Tool

  • Click on the below icon and enter your address in the search bar at the top of the page.
  • The colors on the map legend correspond with the map colors. Users also can click on the dot at the address to display the trash/recycling/horticulture and bulk pickup days. Bulk pick-up days are always the same as your normal trash pick-up. 

Waste Pro map aClick the map to check your trash day!



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Residential Trash Collection:

All residential curbside services will begin at 5 a.m. Monday through Friday from May 1 to September 30 and 6 a.m. from October 1 to April 30.   Please ensure all items for collection are placed curbside by these times on your scheduled collection day to avoid missing any of the collection vehicles.  Trash totes may be placed curbside anytime after 5 p.m. the day before your scheduled collection day.

Waste Pro provides residential collection and disposal service for all household trash and recycling generated from residential customers, which has been properly prepared and contained in the correct refuse container provided under the Automated Cart Program.

Extra garbage that does not fit in the brown garbage can be placed out for collection in plastic bags set next to the can. Each bag cannot weigh more than fifty (50) pounds and be stacked neatly at the curb.

Keep a three (3) foot clearance between and around each can for collection so that the wheels and handle face the house. Please keep at least a five (5) foot clearance from mailboxes, trees, parked cars, etc.

If Waste Pro does not pick up by 6:00 p.m. on your normal (or post-holiday) collection day, residents may report a "Missed Solid Waste Pick-up" through the City's 311 App or Call Center.

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Residential Recycling Collection:

Residential curbside collection is provided one (1) time per week. Your collection day is based on your location and is the same day as your trash day.

Extra recycling that does not fit in the green recycle tote may be placed out for collection in an empty cardboard box with the words “EXTRA RECYCLE” written large and clear enough for the driver to see set next to the can. Each box should be placed neatly at the curb and cannot weigh over fifty (50) pounds.

Keep a three (3) foot clearance between and around each can for collection so that the wheels and handle face the house. Please keep at least a five (5) foot clearance from mailboxes, trees, parked cars, etc.

If Waste Pro does not pick up by 6:00 p.m. on your normal (or post-holiday) collection day, residents may report a "Missed Recycling Pick-up" through the City's 311 App or Call Center.


Residential Horticulture Collection:

Waste Pro provides Residential Yard Waste (horticulture) collection and disposal service for all TRIMMINGS (branches and limbs from trees and shrubs), grass clippings, fallen fruit, leaves, weeds, and palm fronds generated from residential customers that have been properly contained (bagged or containerized less than 50 lbs.) and placed curbside or street line edge of the street within the confines of residents' or owners' side property lines for collection.

Waste placed at vacant lots will not be collected. Branches and limbs from trees and shrubs are to be cut in lengths no more than six (6) feet long, tied up in bundles weighing no more than fifty (50) pounds and no more than 4 inches in diameter, and placed neatly at the curb.


Palm fronds need not be cut down in size, bundled, or tied. Just make one (1) single neat pile with all the palm fronds facing the same direction with nothing but palm fronds in a single pile separated from the rest of your yard waste that has been bundled and tied up.

Small clippings, weeds, grass clippings, etc. may be put in your own personal garbage can that is no more than forty (40) gallons in size, has a weatherproof lid and handles on both sides of the brown paper biodegradable leaf bags you can purchase from local stores.

Each can or bag of yard waste set out for collection can weigh no more than fifty (50) pounds. There is a charge for the collection and disposal of land-clearing debris.


--> Click here to see examples of how to properly prepare garbage, recycling, and yard waste for curbside collection

--> Click here to see examples of non-compliant garbage, recycling, & yard waste preparation (what NOT to do)

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Residential Bulk Waste Pick-Up
Bulk waste, garbage, recycling, and yard waste are all collected on the same day. Go to the "Check Your Trash Day" Search Tool above to determine your pick-up day.

The following rules apply when placing bulk items out for disposal: 
  • Bulk items should not be stacked.
  • Cardboard should be broken down and placed in the recycle bin.
  • All items need to be placed within 3 feet of the road.
  • Any item that can fit in a trash bin should be placed in the bin.
  • "Move-Outs" are not part of the normal bulk pick-up process and must be scheduled for removal.  Note: A fee may be imposed.
In Compliance


Not In Compliance



Non Compliant Bulk Trash 2 - Copy   Non Compliant Bulk Trash 4 - Copy
Example of a "Move Out"
Need to call to schedule.
Example of a "Move Out"
Need to call to schedule.

--> Click for more information on how to properly prepare bulk waste for curbside pick-up

Bulk Waste Drop-Off Site for Residents 
1200 Kismet Parkway
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm

Map of Bulk Waste Site LocationThe bulk waste drop-off site is located on the west side of the North Cape Government Complex. The address for the complex is 1200 Kismet Parkway; however, the bulk-drop off-site entrance is off NW 14th Avenue, at the western portion of the complex.

Commercial businesses are not permitted to use the facility because the program is an optional complementary service for residential use only.  Proof of residency may be required to dispose of items.  Household chemical waste and recycling will not be accepted at the drop-off location.

--> Click here to see acceptable and unacceptable bulky waste, horticultural waste, and white goods that may be dropped off at this Drop-Off Site



Bulk Waste Events
The city partners with Waste Pro and Lee County's Solid Waste Division to offer semi-annual drop-off events to collect bulk items and household chemical waste (HCW). Waste will be collected from 7:00-11:00 a.m. on the following date in the City Hall parking lot at 1015 Cultural Park Boulevard: 
  • Saturday, November 2, 2024

These events give residents another way to dispose of large items and a safe and responsible way to dispose of HCW. Residents should drop off items at the main entrance to City Hall on Cultural Park Blvd. Materials for drop-off will be collected from vehicle trunks and truck beds. 

Proof of residency may be required to drop off items. Photo IDs with a Cape Coral address and Cape Coral utility bills from an active account are acceptable items to prove your residency.

Items that will be accepted at the event include:
·        Drain cleaners and pool chemicals
·        Pesticides/herbicides
·        Liquid paint and thinners
·        Polishes and strippers
·        Fluorescent tubes
·        Electronics
·        Car and boat batteries
·        Automotive oil
·        Gas propane tanks
·        Mattresses
·        Yard Waste

No white goods will be accepted. 

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Holiday Schedule

There are six (6) Holidays that Waste Pro will not be providing collection and disposal services on:

  1. New Year’s Day: 1st Day in January

  2. Memorial Day: Last Monday in May

  3. Independence Day: 4th Day of July

  4. Labor Day: 1st Monday in September

  5. Thanksgiving Day: 4th Thursday in November

  6. Christmas Day: 25th Day of December


How the Holiday Schedule Works:


Your collection schedule will not be affected if the holiday falls on Saturday or Sunday.

If the holiday falls on a weekday, the collection schedule will be delayed one day from the day of the holiday for the remainder of the week.

For instance, if the holiday falls on a Wednesday, then Monday and Tuesday collections would be performed as regularly scheduled, Wednesday's collection would occur on Thursday, Thursday's collection would occur on Friday, and Friday's collection would occur on Saturday.


Right of Entry (ROE) for Private or Gated Communities

In the event of a hurricane or other declared major disaster in the City of Cape Coral, FEMA regulations require private or gated communities to have a current Right of Entry (ROE) on file with the City before any disaster debris recovery crews can enter the community. 

Intended for community-owned/common areas, only ONE form is required per community to be completed by each association's authorized agent/representative. Completing the form is quick and easy and must only be done once a year. All professional property managers and residential HOA presidents are encouraged to complete the form early in the year before a major disaster is declared. 

--> Click here to access the City of Cape Coral Right of Entry (ROE) Form
Note: This form is for communities or properties located in Cape Coral, Florida (only).

For questions or assistance completing the ROE form, please contact cceoc@capecoral.gov.


Frequently Asked Questions

--> Click here to see Frequently Asked Questions About Waste Service



Additional Resources

For more information, visit Waste Pro Service in the City of Cape Coral.Solid Waste Presentation_Page_01
-->View the Solid Waste Collection Presentation from the COW meeting on 8.23.23. 



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