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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 start at 6:00 a.m., so please ensure all items for collection are placed curbside by 6:00 a.m. to avoid missing any of the collection vehicles.

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.

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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.

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

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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 drop-off events semi-annually to collect bulk items and household chemical waste (HCW). Waste will be collected from 7:00-11:00 a.m. on the following dates in the City Hall parking lot at 1015 Cultural Park Boulevard: 
  • Saturday, May 4, 2024

These events give residents another way to dispose of large items and a safe and responsible way to dispose of HCW. Residents should use the main entrance to City Hall on Cultural Park Blvd. to drop off items. 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:

If the holiday falls on Saturday or Sunday, your collection schedule will not be affected.

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.

--> 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.

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-->View the Solid Waste Collection Presentation from the COW meeting on 8.23.23. 

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