Lee County Has Collected 4 Million Cubic Yards of Debris

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That’s equivalent to filling Hertz Arena with material to the ceiling 10 ½ times. Debris trucks in unincorporated Lee County collect more than 60,000 cubic yards of roadside debris each day and move roughly 20,000 cubic yards from debris management sites to final disposal (local and neighboring landfills). Crews have cleared debris from more than 3,500 miles of Lee County roads.

In addition to the vegetative debris and construction and demolition debris collected, crews have cleared more than 117,000 cubic yards of sand from local roads and more than 2,360 cubic yards of vegetative and structural debris from waterways.

Sand cleared from roadways is screened of debris and other contaminants and returned to local beaches. To date, roughly 73,000 cubic yards, or 62% of the collected sand, has been returned to beaches. On Fort Myers Beach, Lee County has the responsibility to clear Estero Boulevard and the beach’s Lee County owns, which are Lynn Hall Park, Bowdich Beach and Crescent Park. The remaining beach’s, roads and streets are the responsibility of the town.

Crews will continue to collect and provide each neighborhood at minimum a second pass for debris removal. Additional passes will be conducted as warranted, particularly in those neighborhoods that experienced both wind damage and severe flooding.

Residents can track debris collection progress at the county’s debris removal information dashboard HERE.