City of Bonita Springs update: Post-hurricane debris removal

Update October 3, 2017

Household Trash Removal

As reported in an earlier update, Lee County Solid Waste has begun curbside collection of yard waste. Recycling pickup has also resumed. Here are some FAQ’s to assist you.

FAQs: Hurricane Irma clean up As residents tackle property clean up, Lee County Solid Waste offers the following guidance to frequently asked questions.

What is the difference between storm-related debris and regular household trash?

Storm debris includes any trees, tree limbs and shrubs that went down in the hurricane. It also includes any fencing, flooring, furniture or wall board, etc. that had to be removed from the home due to flooding or other structural damage. This will be picked up by special debris-collection contractors. Regular household trash is those things that you would throw away in a normal week with no hurricane. This will be picked up by your regular waste hauler.

When will my regular household collections resume?

All three types of household collections – garbage, recycling and normal weekly yard waste – Has resumed on regular collection days. You can help speed the cleanup by placing yard waste that is in compliance out for weekly collection by your regular hauler. This includes yard waste that is bagged, bundled and tied, or in containers. Each bag, bundle or container needs to weigh less than 50 pounds. Bundles need to be less than six feet. Palm fronds can be stacked in neat piles at the curb. Where can I get more information? For more information on proper set out, go to

Debris Removal

After any natural disaster, debris removal is one of the biggest recovery tasks – clearing, removing and disposing of items like trees, parts of buildings, wreckage, vehicles, personal property, dirt and mud. Remember, the entire county and many areas in the state have been covered with debris. Please have patience. Contractors and staff have been working in the hardest-hit areas first and will pick up your debris as quickly as we can. Debris-removal contractors are a specialized service. Some trucks have driven from Texas to be here. More are on their way to Florida as many areas in the state need debris removal assistance.

When will the storm debris be collected from my curb and what should I do to prepare?

There is no definite schedule for when storm debris will be collected from your neighborhood. Additional debris collection vehicles arrive daily and are dispatched as soon as they are certified by FEMA. This cleanup effort will take months; it will not be concluded until all county neighborhoods are cleared. You can prepare for the storm debris collection by having everything at the curb in separate piles; vegetation waste should be separate from construction debris, including furniture, appliances.

Residents of impacted areas that can safely do so, are asked to place any storm-generated debris on the public right-of-way. 

The public right-of-way is the area of residential property that extends from the street to the sidewalk, ditch, utility pole or easement. Residents are urged to separate the debris as follows:

  • VEGETATIVE DEBRIS (whole trees, tree stumps, tree branches, tree trunks and other leafy material)
  • CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION DEBRIS (damaged components of buildings and structures such lumber and wood, wall board, glass, metal, roofing materials, tile, furnishings, and fixtures)
  • HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (materials that are ignitable, reactive, toxic or corrosive such as paints, cleaners, pesticides, etc.)
  • WHITE GOODS (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, heat pumps, ovens, ranges, washing machines, clothes dryers and water heaters)
  • ELECTRONIC WASTE (computers, televisions, office electronic equipment, etc.)

Only loose debris will be collected, bagged debris should not be placed on the public right-of-way.

Do not place debris near a water meter vault, fire hydrant or any other above-ground utility. Only debris placed on the public right-of-way will be eligible for collection until further notice.  The attached flyer provides residents with a visual overview of the proper method to set debris on the right-of-way. 

Where are the trucks in Bonita Springs currently doing debris removal?

The photo below represents where the debris trucks are now and where they have completed the first sweep.

The red pins are where the debris trucks are currently. The white pins show where the first sweep has occurred. There will be a second sweep still to come. To date we have collected 26,615 cubic yards of horticultural debris. The City has four double trucks and three thirty yard trucks working today. 

There are two doubles scheduled to arrive this afternoon. They will be dedicated to pick up construction and demo debris in the flood damaged areas on the south side of Imperial River and north side of Bonita Beach Road. The area includes streets like Quinn, Pawley, McKenna, Tangerine, Pendleton, Chapman Dean, Kelly Drive, Orange Blossom, Lime St. Residents are likely to see the trucks in these areas Wednesday through the end of the week. 

In addition to the normally scheduled waste pick up, this past weekend, the city worked with Advanced Disposal to pick up 1,080 cubic yards of waste in the Quinn St. area.  Six trucks assisted on Saturday and Sunday in picking up waste.

The City of Bonita Springs has also been contacting gated communities to execute right of entry agreements so that the city may pick up storm debris within those communities. Businesses are required to make their own arrangements for debris clean up.  Bonita Springs residents can bring sandbags to the Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District located at 27701 Bonita Grande Dr.




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