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Lee County Solid Waste announces new website, disposal locations

October 6, 2017
Special to THE CITIZEN (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lee County has launched a new Hurricane Irma Daily 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 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 site to open is at Lee County Mosquito Control in Buckingham. A second site is scheduled to open Oct. 7 at 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.

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.

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.

Before hurricane season started, the county pre-selected Crowder-Gulf Joint Venture through a competitive bidding process, and the Lee Board of County Commissioners approved a contract with the debris-hauling company. Crowder-Gulf continues to add more debris-removal equipment daily.

Additionally, Advanced Disposal and WastePro, the county's franchise haulers, are using equipment on weekends to assist with debris removal. The county is utilizing all of its available equipment to further debris removal.

For more information visit www.leegov.com/solidwaste or call 239-533-8000.

Source: Lee County

 
 

 

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