Lee County has launched a new Hurricane Irma Daily Debris Collection Updates landing page on its Solid Waste website. It also has started opening drop-off locations for residential horticultural debris from the storm.
The Hurricane Irma Daily Updates site features an interactive map showing where crews are working. The map – also viewable on mobile phones – is updated each evening to show where trucks will arrive the next day throughout Lee County. The site also features daily updates showing the volume of debris collected. For residents who do not want to wait for debris-management trucks to arrive, there is now a map on the site to view residential drop-off locations. You must show ID and be a resident of Bonita Springs, Fort Myers Beach, Estero or unincorporated Lee County.
You can self-haul the horticultural debris from your residential site at no charge. The first two sites to open are at Lee County Mosquito Control in Buckingham and 14790 A & W Bulb Road in south Fort Myers. The site hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. seven days a week. Additional sites are planned. Check the website for a map and directions. Residents can visit drop-off sites as many times as desired. People must unload their own vehicles. Residents who hire someone, including commercial landscaping crews, to clear their property must complete a Hurricane Irma Storm Debris Self-Haul Form, which is available on the website. The self-haul sites are for residential storm debris only.
To find the new landing page, visit www.leegov.com/solidwaste and click on Hurricane Irma Daily Updates. Lee County estimates that Hurricane Irma produced more than three times as much horticultural debris as Hurricane Charley in 2004, which produced 900,000 cubic yards of horticultural debris. Irma is estimated to have produced at least 3 million cubic yards. This historic cleanup effort will continue until each area of Lee County is returned to its pre-storm condition. The cost to clean up the debris is estimated at $55 million to $60 million in Lee County alone, with anticipated partial reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. For more information visit www.leegov.com/solidwaste or call 239-533-8000.