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October 16, 2008

Mayor Bill White and Solid Waste Director Harry Hayes Encourage Citizens to Help with the Collection of Hurricane Ike Storm Debris  

Mayor Bill White and Solid Waste Department Director Harry Hayes encourage Houstonians to move quickly to remove and place at the curbside any remaining storm debris.   Sunday, October 26th is the deadline by which the city can receive full reimbursement from FEMA for collection and disposal of Hurricane debris. After Sunday, October 26th, the city may be asked to pay a portion of the cost.

For all debris drop-off sites and to read more about progress on the collection of debris, visit  For more information, visit


Mayor Bill White Solicits Additional Ideas on Recycling Tree Debris from Hurricane Ike

Mayor 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.

Visit for all contest rules and further information. For questions, email recycleike@cityofhouston.net


Tree Waste from Hurricane Ike Converted into Mulch and Compost  

The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department has partnered with Living Earth Technology Co. (LETCO) to produce a quality mulch product called "Living Earth Houston Mulch" which will be prepared from trees and brush collected from the City of Houston.  This mulch will be available in bulk directly from Living Earth, and will also be available in bags at Houston area retailers including Lowe's Home Improvement Centers. LETCO has agreed to donate to the City of Houston ten cents for every bag sold and 50 cents for every bulk yard sold.  The donated funds will be used to promote recycling programs in Houston.

For more information, visit 


Regularly consult for updated Hurricane Ike Recovery information.


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