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Hurricane debris cleanup update

Cary Barbor

Debris cleanup is winding down in some areas and ongoing in others.

In Collier County, December 15 will be the last day for curbside pickup of hurricane debris in evacuation Zone A, including the City of Naples, City of Marco and Everglades City. December 15 is also the last day for hurricane debris collection at the four Recycling Drop-Off Centers.

The centers are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at these locations:

  • Immokalee Transfer Station, 700 Stockdale Rd.
  • Marco Island, 990 Chalmer Drive
  • Naples Airport, 2640 Corporate Flight Rd.
  • Tim Nance Collier County Recycling Center, 825 39th Ave. NE, Naples

Find more information about debris collection at Collier County’s dashboard.

The City of Sarasota has ended debris collection, with over 113,000 cubic yards of vegetative storm debris collected. The city says that is four times the amount of regular yard waste overall collected in 2021.

In Sarasota County, debris assessment teams will this week be identifying areas with remaining debris and marking them for second and final pass collections. Residents in unincorporated Sarasota County should not put out any additional hurricane debris for collection. Sarasota County reports that it has collected more than 3 million cubic yards of debris from throughout the county.

In most of Lee County, debris collection is ongoing. The City of Fort Myers will end residential debris removal December 11 and return to regular trash and bulk pickup schedule. The county reports that it has collected over 4 million cubic yards of debris thus far, enough to fill Hertz Arena to the ceiling 10 ½ times over.

Lee is also closing two public drop-off sites for Ian storm debris at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Brooks Park, 50 South Road, Fort Myers, and at Mosquito Control, 1840 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres.

Track debris collection progress at Lee County’s debris removal information dashboard.

In Charlotte County, 2.5 million cubic yards of debris have been collected. The county estimates that all debris will be collected by March 2023.

Temporary drop-off locations for storm debris, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., daily

• Placida West Boat Ramp, 12560 Placida Road

• 7000 Florida St.

Mini-transfer facilities, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., daily

• 19765 Kenilworth Blvd. in Port Charlotte

• 7070 Environmental Way in Englewood

This article was updated on December 8.

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