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October 21, 2008

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Curbside Recycling Is Resuming What Items Does The City Accept
Hurricane Ike Debris Contest Hazardous Trees and Hanging Limbs


Green Recycling BinThe City of Houston will resume its Curbside Recycling Program beginning Monday, October 27, 2008.  The program was temporarily suspended after Hurricane Ike as the curbside recycling crews were assisting the yard trimmings staff with storm debris cleanup in the “Sweep and Bag” Program.

Curbside Recycling services are provided on alternating weeks to 162,000 Houstonians.

  1. Recycling Pickup TruckWeek of October 27th:  Residents on the “B” week will begin receiving normal collection on their regular pickup day.
  2. Week of November 3rd:  Residents on the “A” week will begin receiving normal collection on their regular pickup day.

To find out your collection day, log onto and click on "Schedules Via Zip Codes" (or direct link


Plastic BottlesReusette WiselyRemember the City of Houston now accepts all plastics (excluding plastic bags and Styrofoam).

The City also accepts aerosol cans, aluminum, catalogs, envelopes, flattened cardboard, home and office paper, magazines, mail, newspaper, telephone books, tin, and used motor oil.

For a list of drop-off locations, visit


Cash PrizesMayor Bill White announced the start of a competition for additional ideas on how best to recycle debris from Hurricane Ike.  While the city and its debris collection contractor have entered into contracts to recycle debris and are actively pursuing other options, Mayor White desires to tap into industry, academia and the community as a whole for unique, large-scale ways to make good use of the tree and woody waste generated by the hurricane. Cash prizes will be awarded.

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Trees and LimbsApproximately 200 City-contracted debris removal crews will be deployed throughout Houston Monday, October 20, 2008 through Sunday, October 26, 2008 to remove from the public right-of-way hazardous, leaning trees and hanging limbs. The trees and limbs must pose an immediate threat to lives, public health and safety and be located in the public right-of-way.

Eligible scope of work includes trees having a diameter of six (6) inches or greater that are leaning at an angle greater than 30 degrees, as well as hanging limbs greater than two (2) inches in diameter.  Trees smaller than six (6) inches in diameter and limbs two (2) inches or less in diameter are the homeowner’s responsibility.

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