San Carlos Island residents fed up with trash in front of their homes

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Trash on the street on San Carlos Island (CREDIT: WINK News)

San Carlos Island residents are fed up with the piles of trash in front of their homes.

In one of the hardest hit areas like San Carlos Island, mountains of trash bags cover the sidewalks people use to walk on.

People are tired of the trash in front of their homes, and they want it gone.

Trash in front of homes on San Carlos Island (CREDIT: WINK News)

Over the weekend, Lee County reached the milestone of collecting one million cubic yards of debris from Hurricane Ian, that’s equivalent to one million kitchen ovens being picked up.

But debris removal and trash removal are two different things.

Debris removal is slowly being taken care of, but when it comes to trash, so many roads have been impassable for so long that the trash started to build up.

The people who live on San Carlos Island said their waste is piling up, and they need help.

Aerial view of trash in front of homes on San Carlos Island (CREDIT: WINK News)

Carla Pine, a San Carlos resident said, “Have we seen anybody out here? No. Have I seen FEMA out here? No. Have we seen any bikes in the county out here? Check and check in on us nothing. So you know, it’s, we feel like we just kind of left out here by ourselves.”

WINK News reached out to the county for full clarification on when this area will be more debris and trash removal but didn’t receive a clear answer. They directed people to their website,

The county said over 1,000 people are working on debris and waste removal.

The option to bring debris to a dump site was presented to the residents, but most of them do not have cars due to Ian.

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