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Posted on: September 19, 2017

Hurricane Irma Debris Pickups Moving at Rapid Pace

Horticultural Waste Claw Truck

FORT MYERS, FL (September 19, 2017) – The City of Fort Myers has double the number of yard waste trucks on the roads to clean up Hurricane Irma debris as quickly as possible.  However, because of the sheer bulk of Hurricane Irma debris, piles remain on curbsides around the City.

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.

“We’ve added eight double-size trucks from a private contractor to our usual horticultural collection fleet, so we’re able to pick up more than three times the normal amount of debris every day,” explains Richard Moulton, the City’s public works director.  “But even with that extra capacity, we have some areas that are taking a full day to clean up that normally take just a few hours. We ask our citizens to patient with us as we continue the debris management effort.”

In addition to exercising patience, 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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