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Cape adds Public Works crew to trash collection efforts

City workers, community-service workers to make horticulture pick ups

By Staff | Apr 26, 2021

In an effort to boost trash collection efforts in the city, Cape Coral Public Works crews and court-appointed community service workers have begun picking up horticulture debris set at the curb by residents.

The city has a crew of about seven people that will be supplementing Waste Pro’s work and Waste Pro has agreed to reimburse the city for the related costs, city officials said Monday.

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno offered the assistance of community service workers to aid in the effort as the city and its contracted solid waste vendor continue to work to get garbage, bulk items such as furniture, and yard waste such as palm fronds picked up on scheduled days.

Saying Waste Pro’s collection efforts are failing to meet contract service provisions and fed up with resident’s complaints, Council on Wednesday unanimously approved fining Waste Pro $250 per complaint, retroactive to March 26. Council directed the city manager to withhold money from monthly billings the city pays the vendor.

On April 26, the fine will increase to $500 and so on after that until the max of $1,500 in the city-Waste Pro contract is reached, something Mayor John Gunter does not expect to happen.