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Hurricane Ian Recovery

Hurricane Debris & Garbage Collection

The City is working with Ceres Environ­mental to collect, haul, and dispose of what amounts to ~6.9 years of Horticulture and 4.4 years of Solid Waste debris left in the wake of Hurricane Ian. The City has completed the first pass of all streets and remains on track to complete the second pass by the end of December, with all Hurricane debris to be removed by mid-January.

Household Garbage Collection
Waste Pro is collecting regular household garbage and recycling items under the normal pick-up schedule and will resume bulk and horticultural services on Monday, 12/5/22. 
Storm Debris Collection
is being handled by a separate contractor (see below).

Hurricane Debris Collection Progress (updated 12/2/22) 
Since the start of debris collection, contractors have removed:
  • 35,150 truckloads of hurricane debris from Cape Coral streets, totaling 1,668,017* cubic yards
    * This is the equivalent of filling over 260 football fields three feet high with debris!
  • 383 truckloads of debris from Cape Coral canals
  • 309 truckloads of compacted debris from the C&D debris management site
  • 454 truckloads of vegetative mulch from grind sites to final disposition
Debris Drop-Off Locations for Cape Coral Residents

Interactive Disaster Debris Pickup Map

Note: Gated communities and private roads are not included in the removal progress map. 

Hurricane Debris - Must be Sorted into Separate Piles
- NO PLASTIC BAGS*
  • Vegetative Debris (e.g., tree branches, logs, plants) - Vegetation may be stacked or placed in a paper lawn bag.
  • Construction Debris (e.g., building materials, drywall, lumber, carpet)
  • Appliances & Electronics
* Debris in plastic bags will not be collected by the debris hauler.

SEPARATING YOUR DEBRIS V.3 10.12.2022
Please Note:
  • Hurricane Debris piles can be touching but cannot overlap or be mixed.
  • Storm-related debris does not have to be bundled or cut into smaller pieces.
  • Household chemicals cannot be placed at the curb.
See Debris Classifications and Debris Location/Public Right-of-Way


Debris Collection & Schedule

The City is working with Ceres, a debris removal contractor, to clear hurricane debris. Place debris curbside within the Right-of-Way (as shown below), not in the roadway, to prevent safety issues.
ROW Location
View Interactive Disaster Debris Pickup Map
Note: Gated communities and private roads are not included in the removal progress map. 

Debris Removal for Private or Gated Communities
FEMA regulations require private or gated communities have a current Right of Entry and Indemnification form on file with the City before any disaster debris recovery crews are allowed to enter the community. 

The Right of Entry Form is for any property owner or gated community wanting the debris contractor to enter for debris cleanup.  This form must be completed in its entirety for any private property to collect from private rights-of-way. To submit, ALL fields must be completed (including the witness signatures/info). 

The form permits the Right of Entry onto Private Property for Disaster Debris Assistance, specifically for Hurricane Ian (FEMA-DR-4673-FL). It is intended for community-owned/common areas, with only ONE form required per community to be completed by an authorized agent/representative of each association. If you are unsure if your community has a current Right of Entry form on file, please contact your community association manager or home-owner association president. 

Private and Commercial Property Debris Removal Assistance
The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM is accepting applications from private and commercial property owners who would like assistance for the removal of qualifying debris, vehicles, vessels, and other title property. If requested, this program also provides support in identifying and reuniting vehicles, vessels, and other title property lost or displaced due to Hurricane Ian to their rightful owners.

Residents can apply at www.IanDebrisCleanup.com or by phone at 850-961-2022. The Hurricane Ian Debris hotline is open from 8:00 am-8:00 pm Monday-Friday, and 9:00 am-5:00 pm on weekends.

Cape Coral Resident Debris Drop-Off Locations

Vegetative Debris Drop-off
2930 NW 13th Street
Open 8.am.-5 p.m., seven days a week
Cape Coral residents can drop off vegetative debris ONLY at this location. Proof of Cape Coral residency is required. Items brought in a bag must be emptied at the site, and the bag must be taken with the resident when they leave.  

Construction and Demolition Debris Drop-off
1821 SW 42nd Street
Open 8.am.-5 p.m., seven days a week
Cape Coral residents can drop off construction and demolition debris ONLY at this location. No hazardous waste or vegetation will be accepted.  Proof of Cape Coral residency is required. Items brought in a bag must be emptied at the site, and the bag must be taken with the resident when they leave.  

Bulk Waste Drop-Off Site for Cape Coral Residents - *Scheduled to reopen on Tuesday, 12/6/22
1200 Kismet Parkway
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there sites available for residents to drop off hurricane debris themselves?

Yes.  Cape Coral residents may drop off vegetative debris at 2930 NW 13th Street and drop off construction and demolition debris only at 1821 SW 42nd Street from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. seven days a week.  Bring proof of Cape Coral residency. Do not place debris in bags.

Who is taking care of the trees down on residential developed property?

It is the property owner's responsibility to place all hurricane-related debris at the curb for pick up by the City's debris removal contractor. Volunteer or non-profit organizations may be able to assist property owners with getting debris to the curb for pickup. 

Who is taking care of the trees down on residential vacant properties/vacant lots?

The property owner is responsible for coordinating the placement of all hurricane-related debris at the curb to be picked up by the debris removal contractor. If debris is not removed in a reasonable time, the City will remove the debris and bill the property owner.

Who is taking care of the trees down on commercial property?

It is the responsibility of the property owner/site manager to dispose of its debris. 

Will debris be removed from the City’s 400 miles of canals?

Debris will be removed from the canals by the City; however, priority is given to clearing debris from roadways. Further information will follow on canal debris removal. Please call 311 to report any debris in the canals.

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