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Solid Waste, Recyclables, Horticulture and Bulk Trash Removal

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.

Note: As the City continues to recover from Hurricane Ian, Waste Pro is collecting garbage and recycling only on regular collection days. and will resume bulk and horticultural services on Monday, 12/5. Please do not contact Waste Pro about hurricane horticulture and debris pickup. The City is working with a debris removal contractor (Ceres) to collect hurricane debris. 

--> See Hurricane Recovery - Debris and Garbage Collection Information


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. 

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Residential Trash Collection:

All Residential curbside services start at 6:00 a.m., so please make sure that 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, garbage, 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 can not weigh more than fifty (50) pounds and be stacked neatly at the curb.

Remember to keep a three (3) foot clearance between and around each can for collection and that the wheels and handle are to face the house. Please remember to 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 can 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 more than fifty (50) pounds.

Remember to keep a three (3) foot clearance between and around each can for collection and that the wheels and handle are to face the house. Please remember to 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 which have been properly contained (bagged or containerized less than 50 lbs.) and placed curbside for collection. Branches and limbs from trees and shrubs are to be cut in lengths no more than six (6) feet long and tied up in bundles weighing no more than fifty (50) pounds and no more than 4 inches in diameter.

Palm Fronds need not be cut down, bundled, or tied. Just make one (1) single neat pile with nothing but palm fronds in a pile and a second neat pile with 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 or plastic lawn and 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

As of January 10, 2022, 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.

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

Bulk Waste Drop-Off Site for Residents 
- *Reopens Tuesday, 12/6/22
1200 Kismet Parkway
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm 


Quarterly Bulk Waste Events
The City partners with Waste Pro and Lee County's Solid Waste Division to offer quarterly 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 dates in the City Hall parking lot at 1015 Cultural Park Boulevard: 
  • Feb. 4, 2023
  • May 6, 2023
  • Aug. 5, 2023

These quarterly 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. Residential bulk item collection is available each week on the same day as solid waste, recycling, and yard waste removal.

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Holiday Schedule

There are only 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
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If you have a regular trash pickup day on a Monday, and one of the holidays listed above falls on a Monday, your trash will be picked up on Tuesday. Tuesday trash pickup will be on Wednesday, Wednesday on Thursday, Thursday on Friday, and Friday on Saturday.

If you have a regular trash pickup day on a Tuesday, and one of the holidays listed above falls on a Tuesday, your trash will be picked up on Wednesday. Wednesday trash pickup will be on Thursday, Thursday on Friday, and Friday on Saturday.

If you have a regular trash pickup day on a Wednesday, and one of the holidays listed above falls on a Wednesday, your trash will be picked up on Thursday. Thursday trash pickup will be on Friday and Friday on Saturday.

If you have a regular trash pickup day on a Thursday, and one of the holidays listed above falls on a Thursday, your trash will be picked up on Friday. Friday trash pickup will be on Saturday.

If you have a regular trash pickup day on a Friday, and one of the holidays listed above falls on a Friday, your trash will be picked up on Saturday.

If the holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, there is no change to your collection schedule.

The trash schedule will return to the regular pickup schedule the following Monday.


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


Additional Resources

How much knowledge do you have in properly disposing of your solid waste and horticulture? Take the Solid Waste Quiz now.

For more information on the services provided, visit Waste Pro Service in the City of Cape Coral.

View the Solid Waste Collection Service Update from February 2022

Solid Waste Collection Service Performance Update

 


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