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February 15, 2016

City of Houston Begins Trash Roundup to Reduce Mosquito Breeding Grounds, Combat Zika

As part of Mayor Sylvester Turner's Zika Virus response plan, the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department has started a comprehensive citywide cleanup of illegal dump sites and collection of heavy trash to help reduce mosquito breeding sites.  The special collection sweeps will occur on Saturdays for the near future.  Normal junk waste collection will proceed per the regular schedule.

Residents can help by doing the following: 

  • Eliminate all standing water from their property
  • Remove all trash because mosquitoes can breed in areas as small as a water bottle
  • Make sure to empty water from discarded tires and separate them from the rest of your junk waste pile at the curb to allow the SWMD employees to properly sort the materials
  • Report illegal dumping sites by calling 3-1-1
  • Utilize one of the six Neighborhood Depository/Recycling Centers listed below to dispose of heavy trash if you miss the collection date in your neighborhood

Northeast              5565 Kirkpatrick
Northwest             14400 Sommermeyer
North                    9003 North Main
Southeast             2240 Central Street
South                    5100 Sunbeam
Southwest             10785 Southwest Fwy

For more information about the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department and its services, please visit us at, like us on Facebook at, follow us on twitter @houstontrash or call 3-1-1, the City of Houston's Customer Service Hotline.