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Posted on: September 22, 2017

Storm Debris Pickup Update – Weekend of Oct. 6, 2017

Horticultural Waste Claw Truck

FORT MYERS, FL (October 6, 2017)- Since Hurricane Irma ravaged Fort Myers on Sept. 10, City of Fort Myers Solid Waste crews and debris removal contractors have removed more than 125,000 cubic yards of storm-related yard waste.  Crews have picked up debris has been picked up from nearly the entire City’s geographical area, however crews will need to make additional passes before all storm-related yard waste has been removed.  This weekend, crews will begin their second sweep of the City.  Crews will begin the second pass serving neighborhoods in the same order that they received pickup service immediately after the storm.

This weekend’s (Oct. 6 - 8) anticipated pickups will focus on the following areas:

  • Franklin Park neighborhood (between Veronica Shoemaker Blvd. and Ford St., between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Edison Ave.)
  • West of McGregor Blvd. (South of Manuel's Branch canal).

Because of the volume of debris that needs to be picked up, service in these neighborhoods may continue for several days.  Other neighborhoods/communities may see collection vehicles, depending on the completion of the above routes.

Additionally, the City resumed bulk item/junk pickups on Thursday, October 5.  Customers will be served on their regularly scheduled day from Oct. 5-10, with Oct. 11 scheduled as a make-up day for bulk item pickup.  After Oct. 10, the City will evaluate whether to continue collecting bulk items weekly or to reduce the schedule again in order to focus on horticultural storm debris.

To ensure that yard waste is picked up quickly and efficiently, the City asks citizens to follow these guidelines when placing yard waste curbside:

  • Pile yard debris no more than four feet from the curb.
  • Do not obstruct the roadways or visibility with your yard waste.
  • Please do not place your debris into storm drains or swales.
  • Keep your yard waste separate from other waste set out for disposal.
  • Please do not place horticultural debris into containers. This will assist with FEMA documentation.
  • Keep horticultural waste piles away from obstacles like mailboxes, poles, or trees.

City residential and commercial solid waste and recyclable items are being collected on their normal schedule. If you have any questions concerning your service, please contact the City of Fort Myers’ 24-hour response line at (239) 321-8100.

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previous update:

FORT MYERS, FL (September 29, 2017)- Since Hurricane Irma ravaged Fort Myers on Sept. 10, City of Fort Myers Solid Waste crews and debris removal contractors have removed more than 75,000 cubic yards of storm-related yard waste.  Debris has been picked up from approximately 75% of the City’s geographical area, however crews will need to make additional passes before all storm-related yard waste has been removed.

This weekend’s (Sept. 30 - Oct. 1) anticipated pickups will focus on neighborhoods which have not yet received service, including the following areas:

  • Terra Palma neighborhood (northeast of McGregor Blvd. and Colonial Blvd.)
  • Carillon Woods neighborhood (west of Summerlin Rd., near Bishop Verot High School)
  • Jefferson Park neighborhood (between US-41 and McGregor Blvd., south of the Fort Myers Country Club)
  • Cortez Blvd. area (from Lee Memorial Hospital to the Fort Myers Country Club)
  • Dean Park neighborhood (Between Michigan Ave. and Palm Beach Blvd., west of Seaboard St.)
  • Midtown Fort Myers (Between US-41 and Fowler St., north of Edison Ave.)

Other neighborhoods/communities may see collection vehicles, depending on the completion of the above routes.

To ensure that yard waste is picked up quickly and efficiently, the City asks citizens to follow these guidelines when placing yard waste curbside:

  • Pile yard debris no more than four feet from the curb.
  • Do not obstruct the roadways or visibility with your yard waste.
  • Please do not place your debris into storm drains or swales.
  • Keep your yard waste separate from other waste set out for disposal.
  • Please do not place horticultural debris into containers. This will assist with FEMA documentation.
  • Keep horticultural waste piles away from obstacles like mailboxes, poles, or trees.

City residential and commercial solid waste and recyclable items are being collected on their normal schedule. If you have any questions concerning your service, please contact the City of Fort Myers’ 24-hour response line at (239) 321-8100.


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(previous update)

FORT MYERS, FL (September 25, 2017) – As of Friday, Sept. 22, the City of Fort Myers has picked up Hurricane Irma's yard waste from approximately half of the City's geographic area, however crews will need to make several more passes in every neighborhood before all waste has been removed. Fort Myers resumed horticultural waste pickups just two days after the storm, with service restarting on September 12. The City’s fleet doubled in size on Monday, Sept. 18, with the arrival of emergency debris removal contractors.

City crews will continue to clean up areas of the City according to the usual yard waste schedule. Unfortunately, because of the high volume of Irma-related debris, not every household should expect to see a pickup on their assigned pickup day.

This week’s anticipated pickups will focus on the following streets and/or neighborhoods:

Tuesday, September 26 (map)

  • Scheduled Tuesday pickups west of Fowler St.  
  • Downtown/Midtown scheduled Tuesday pickups west of Evans Ave.

Wednesday, September 27

  • TBD based on debris accumulation and completion of Monday/Tuesday routes.

Thursday, September 28 (map)

  • Scheduled Thursday pickups 

Friday, September 29 (map)

  • Scheduled Friday pickups west of Ortiz Ave.

The City asks citizens to follow these guidelines when placing yard waste curbside:

  • Pile yard debris no more than four feet from the curb.
  • Do not obstruct the roadways or visibility with your yard waste.
  • Please do not place your debris into storm drains or swales.
  • Keep your yard waste separate from other waste set out for disposal.
  • Please do not place horticultural debris into containers. This will assist with FEMA documentation.
  • Keep horticultural waste piles away from obstacles like mailboxes, poles, or trees.

City residential and commercial solid waste and recyclable items are being collected on their normal schedule. If you have any questions concerning your service, please contact the City of Fort Myers’ 24-hour response line at (239) 321-8100.

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previous update:

FORT MYERS, FL (September 22, 2017) – As of Friday, Sept. 22, the City of Fort Myers has picked up Hurricane Irma's yard waste from approximately half of the City's geographic area, however crews will need to make several more passes in every neighborhood before all waste has been removed.  Fort Myers resumed horticultural waste pickups just two days after the storm, with service restarting on September 12. The City’s fleet doubled in size on Monday, Sept. 18, with the arrival of emergency debris removal contractors.  More trucks are expected to assist in cleanup efforts over the weekend as citizens place additional debris at their curbs.

This weekend's anticipated pickups will focus on the following streets and/or neighborhoods:

Saturday, September 23

  • Commercial customers, including apartment and condominium complexes
  • Central Fort Myers, south of Edison Ave and between Fowler St. and Veronica Shoemaker Blvd. (map)
  • McGregor Blvd area, from Moreno Ave to the vicinity of the Fort Myers Country Club. (map)

Sunday, September 24

  • Edgewood neighborhood, between Palm Beach Blvd. and the Caloosahatchee River. (map)
  • Central Fort Myers, south of Edison Ave and between Fowler St. and Veronica Shoemaker Blvd. (map)
  • McGregor Blvd area, from Alahambra Dr. to the vicinity of the Fort Myers Country Club. (map)

City crews will continue to clean up areas of the City according to the usual yard waste schedule. Monday's regular pickups focus primarily on property west of Cleveland Ave.  On Monday, September 25, crews will focus on the customers in this area that have not yet been served:

Monday, September 25

  • Scheduled Monday pickups south of Colonial Blvd. (map)
  • Scheduled Monday customers between McGregor Blvd. and Cleveland Ave., from  Fort Myers Country Club south to Colonial Blvd. (map)


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