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Cape Coral proposes fix for trash pickup problem

Posted at 9:16 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 22:56:42-04

CAPE CORAL, FLA — It's something most of do at least once a week.

We bring our trash out to the curb, or roadside, and wait for it to be picked up.

But in Cape Coral there's been an issue with those pickups, especially bulk items like that mattress or this bedding.

"Trash has been sitting on the curbs for weeks and months with affects the residents property value as well as it's a health hazard," said Gail Hunt.

And that pickup problem led to a discussion at Monday's council meeting.

"We've been dealing with this now since I've been elected and it just seems to be an issue that is ongoing," said Mayor Joe Coviello.

Later on in that meeting, an updated contract with the city's garbage service, Waste Pro USA, was introduced for a June 1st public hearing.

If approved the seven year contract would go into effect this October.

"The vendor wasn't obligated to pick it up weekly or even monthly for that matter," said Stacy Maine of the Public Works department.

The biggest change to the new contract is that it created a weekly pick up day for all of those bulk items that often get left sitting on Cape Coral lawns.

"Knowing what day bulk items may be picked up to me is a great benefit," said Cape Coral spokesperson Maureen Buice.

City leaders say they hope that assigning a specific day will solve most of these issues, but they also want to hear your thoughts.

They're asking those who live in the cape to come to that June 1st meeting or send public comments online.

"This is their opportunity to weigh in," said Buice.