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Residential Waste Services

May 16, 2023

The City of Cape Coral contracts solid waste removal services to help keep our city's streets clean and safe. Each residence is provided a tan bin for household waste and a green bin for recyclables. These bins are property of the city and must remain with the dwelling. Residents should familiarize themselves with trash collection protocols to optimize available services and stay in compliance with city requirements. For more information, visit

 Trash day:

  • Trash collection services begin at 6 a.m. Monday-Friday. Check your area's trash day online.
  • Garbage, recycling, yard waste, and bulk waste are all collected on the same day.
  • Service will not take place on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, or Christmas. When any of these six holidays falls on a weekday, trash service will be delayed one day from the holiday for the remainder of the week.

 Bins should be:

  • Placed at the edge of the road, wheels and handles facing the house.
  • At least three feet away from other waste bins.
  • At least 5 feet away from mailboxes, trees, parked cars, etc.

 Extra garbage and recycling:

  • When your garbage bin is full, extra garbage should be placed in plastic bags next to the cart.
  • Extra recycling should be set out in a clearly labeled cardboard box.
  • Neither can weigh more than 50 pounds.

 Yard Waste:

The city provides collection of residential horticulture waste including trimmed branches and limbs from trees and shrubs, grass clippings, fallen fruit, leaves, weeds, and palm fronds. Residents can:

  • Use brown biodegradable paper yard clippings bags or their own cans that are 40-gallon-size or smaller and weigh less than 50 pounds when loaded.
  • Neatly set out branches trimmed shorter than 6 feet and weighing less than 50 pounds. If they are smaller than 4 inches in diameter, they must be bundled.
  • Set out palm fronds neatly stacked, facing the same direction, and separated from all other yard waste. They do not need to be cut down to size or bundled.

Household Garbage (1)

Bulk waste: 
  • Bulk items should not be stacked and should be easy for two people to pick up.
  • All items need to be placed within three 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.
  • Cardboard should be broken down and placed in recycle bin.

Examples of compliant bulk waste:

Bulk Compliant 3

Bulk Compliant 2

Bulk Compliant 1

Residents can also drop off bulk waste at the North Cape Government Complex, 1200 Kismet Parkway, Tuesday-Saturday, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Bulk Waste Drop-off Site can be accessed from Northwest 14th Avenue.

When a resident hires a company to work on fences, provide landscaping services, trim trees, etc. the service provider is responsible for disposing of all debris and rubbish resulting from the work. They may not leave anything behind for city contractors to collect.

 Household Chemical Waste:

The city holds quarterly drop-off events to collect bulk items and household chemical waste at City Hall, 1015 Cultural Park Boulevard. The next drop-off event will be held August 5, 2023 from 7-11 a.m.