Residential Waste Services

Residential Waste Services

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Examples of compliant bulk waste:

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.

Cape Coral Urges Residents to Conserve Water

Cape Coral Urges Residents to Conserve Water

The United States Geological Survey Drought Monitoring website has classified Cape Coral as currently experiencing a severe drought.

If adequate rainfall does not occur soon, our area may soon join Southern Lee County and Northern Collier County in an extreme drought condition classification.

Reducing water usage now is vital to protecting Cape Coral’s water resources. As the dry season persists, the City of Cape Coral encourages its residents to conserve water by watering lawns only once weekly voluntarily.

At a minimum, Cape Coral residents can do their part to reduce water consumption by optimizing their irrigation system for high efficiency and following the City’s year-round watering schedule. If you have water-sensitive landscaping that needs extra water, we encourage you to water them by hand during the daylight hours. City ordinance allows watering by hand with a garden hose and cut-off nozzle at any time of the day or night.

Current drought conditions are impacted by the lack of rain, record-high temperatures, and the influx of new residents, recovery workers, and seasonal residents.

Current rainfall is 5 to 6 inches below the seasonal average over the past 30 years.

Approximately two-thirds of the water that supplies the city’s irrigation system comes from the City’s 300 miles of freshwater canals. The City is pumping 16 million gallons daily into Gator Slough from Charlotte County to rehydrate the city’s freshwater canals due to extremely low levels.

City of Cape Coral Launches Inaugural Hurricane Preparedness Art Contest

City of Cape Coral Launches Inaugural Hurricane Preparedness Art Contest

The City of Cape Coral proudly announces its Inaugural Hurricane Preparedness Art Contest.

Students who live in Cape Coral and are currently enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade are encouraged to create and submit artwork with a theme of “Hurricane Preparedness.”

Artwork should be submitted online beginning Wednesday, March 15, and ending Saturday, April 15.

Three winners will be selected and honored at a City Council Meeting. The winning pieces will be displayed throughout the City and may be used as a logo for the City’s 2023 Hurricane Season.

Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate U.S. copyright laws. For a complete list of rules and guidelines, click here.

Accepted mediums are as follows:

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal
  • Collages: must be two dimensional
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photographs

Pieces will be judged on relevance to the theme, creativity, and quality.


City of Cape Coral Vendor Outreach Event

City of Cape Coral Vendor Outreach Event

Vendors interested in doing business with the City of Cape Coral are invited to attend an outreach event Friday, March 31, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Mercola Market, 125 SW 3rd Place.

Mayor Gunter will kick off the event by reading a Procurement Month proclamation. Potential vendors can meet with procurement staff to learn the City’s eligibility requirements and begin the registration process on-site.

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) representative will be available to answer questions and discuss government contracting.

This event is free, and no registration is required. For questions or more information, email or call 239-574-0831.

Hurricane Ian Debris Cleanup Program Deadline

Hurricane Ian Debris Cleanup Program Deadline

The deadline for Lee County residents to apply for the Hurricane Ian Debris Cleanup Program is Wed, Mar 29th.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) is accepting applications from private and commercial property owners who need assistance removing lost and displaced vehicles, vessels, and other titled property that became derelict due to Hurricane Ian.

This program can also support identifying and reuniting vehicles, vessels, and other title property lost or displaced due to Hurricane Ian to their rightful owners.

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