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June 20, 2013

Curbside Recycling Expanded to 35,000 More Households
Begins Monday, July 22, 2013

The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) is expanding the curbside recycling program to an additional 35,000 households. (See list below.) Service will begin Monday, July 22, 2013, for homes on "A" week collection and Monday, July 29, 2013, for homes on "B" week collection.

Residents in the neighborhoods included in the expansion will receive one 96-gallon green automated cart starting the first week of July, similar to the black automated garbage cart they currently have. Beginning July 22, 2013, collection of both the green and black carts will occur on the same day as current collection service; however, recyclables are collected every other week.

This is the first of two expansions this calendar year where SWMD will double the number of homes with single stream recycling.  This is not only good for the environment, but also helps reduce disposal costs, create jobs and appropriately manage resources. The second expansion to another 70,000 households is planned for the fall. The neighborhoods to be included in the second expansion have not yet been identified.

Recyclable items that can be placed in the green carts include: newspapers, magazines, office paper, junk mail, cardboard, paperboard, paper bags, glass bottles and jars, aluminum cans, tin and steel cans and plastics 1 - 5 and 7.

Since first implementing the initiative in 2009, residents have overwhelmingly been asking to be included in this program. It is convenient because participants can place their unsorted recyclables, including glass, in one city-provided container with wheels that makes it easy to roll to the curb.

Subdivisions included in the July 2013 expansion curbside Automated Recycling Program:

 1. Almeda Plaza
 2. Bayou Place
 3. Braeburn Glen
 4. Braeswood Place
 5. Brooksmith
 6. East Montrose
 7. East Sunnyside
 8. Epernay Sec 2
 9. Fourth Ward/Freemen's Town
10. Glen Iris
11. Glenshire
12. Golfview Manor
13. Gulf Freeway Oaks
14. Harris Court
15. Heights
16. Heights II
17. Hiram Clarke
18. Home Owned Estates
19. Huntington Patio
20. Huntington Village
21. Inwood Terrace
22. Kashmere Gardens

23. Keegan's Glen
24. Kempwood Villa T/H
25. Magnolia Park Sec 2
26. Monte Beach
27. New Meadow Brook
28. Nottingham Sec 4
29. Outpost Estates
30. Parkglen
31. Parkglen West
32. Proctor Plaza
33. South Park
34. Sunnylan
35. Sunset Heights
36. Sunset Terrace
37. Third Ward
38. Tropicana
39. Westbriar
40. Westbury West
41. Westwood Corner
42. Westwood Patio Homes
43. Wilson Court

For more information, contact Sandra Jackson at or 713.837.9164.

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