Trash, Yard Waste, Recycling FAQs
Where do I put my household recyclables?
Residents should use the green recycling cart for recyclables collection.
What can I place in my trash cart?
Trash generated in the home should be bagged and tied closed before placing in the cart. Bags keep your cart cleaner and minimize odors. Please do not place hot coals or ashes, dirt or rocks, large bulk items, medical waste (sharps, syringes or prescription medications), hazardous waste or recyclable items in the garbage cart. Do not overfill the carts. The lids should remain closed to assure proper collection, help prevent windblown litter, and help to control odor and varmints. A good practice is to periodically rinse out your cart.
Does the City provide service for disabled residents?
Please call Waste Pro to request special service if you, and all other occupants of the residence are disabled. For more information, please call 239-337-0800.
What do I do with large or heavy items for disposal?
Solid waste too big, bulky, or heavy to fit into the trash cart is considered bulk trash and should be placed out for collection on your scheduled collection day. Bulk trash should be at least 5 feet away from a fixed object such as a fire hydrant, mailbox, cars, storm drain, utility pole, or any other damageable property.
What do I do with appliances when they have been replaced?
Typically, the location you buy appliance items from offers free removal. If they do not; you may schedule a special pick up by contacting Waste Pro at 239-337-0800 for white good materials such as stoves, washers, refrigerators, and other large appliances. Waste Pro will coordinate a time, date and items to be picked up at no charge. Bulk Yard Waste Collection -Contact Waste Pro
How do I find out when my collection days are?
You can find out your trash, recycling, and bulk collection schedule by clicking on the Collection Zone Map. You may also call the City of Cape Coral Citizen’s Action at 311 or Waste Pro at 239-337-0800 for recycling, garbage, or bulk collection days.
When do I place my trash cart out for collection?
Trash collection carts should be placed curbside no earlier than 5:00pm on the day before your scheduled collection day. Carts should be at least 5 feet away from your mailbox, trees, fire hydrants, cars, sprinkler heads, or any other damageable property. If you have an extenuating circumstance and need help with determining the proper placement of your collection carts, please contact Waste Pro for assistance at 239-337-0800. Do not leave the cart on the street where it may be stolen or damaged.
Watch a video here on proper placement of trash carts.
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What happens if I or we move, what do I do with the cart?
The carts belong to the City of Cape Coral, and shall remain at the residence unless they are removed by Waste Pro.
What do we do about parking on our scheduled collection days?
Please do your best to accommodate the service vehicles by parking in a manner that provides safe access to the collection carts. If a vehicle is blocking (preventing) the safe collection of your carts, then the driver will not provide collection services at that time and you will not receive collection service.
My cart has been stolen, damaged or destroyed, what do I do?
The collection carts are property of City of Cape Coral, and must not be modified, altered, or abused. If your cart has been damaged, the following applies: If the damage is your fault, you will be required to pay for a replacement. For example, any cart that is destroyed by hot ashes or coals shall be the responsibility of the customer, and it shall be replaced at the customer’s expense. If the collection contractor damages your cart it will be replaced at no charge. Do not leave the cart on the street where it may be stolen or damaged. Waste Pro will be responsible for all replacement and repairs of the carts.
How do I get rid of household hazardous waste (HHW) and Electronic Waste (E-Waste) such as paint, motor oil or computer monitors?
Do not place Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) or E-Waste (flammables, paint, poisons, motor oil, etc.) inside the cart. The City provides multiple opportunities for residents to properly dispose of household hazardous and electronics waste at no cost. Contact Lee County Hazardous Waste at 239-533-8000, for proper disposal information.