Mayor's Office Press Release

City of Houston Begins Trash Roundup to Reduce Mosquito Breeding Grounds

February 12, 2016 -- Effective  Saturday, February 13, 2016, the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department will begin a comprehensive Citywide cleanup of illegal dump sites and collection of heavy trash to help reduce mosquito breeding sites and combat the spread of the Zika Virus.  The special collection sweeps, which will occur on Saturdays, will begin in City Council District D this weekend and then proceed throughout the rest of the City on subsequent Saturdays.  Normal junk waste collection will occur per the regular schedule.

“Now, before mosquitoes have the opportunity to start breeding, is the time to be vigilant about protecting our city,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner.  “Please help us by taking steps to reduce potential breeding sites near your home.”
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.

The Solid Waste Management Department provides solid waste service to the citizens of Houston through the collection, disposal and recycling of discarded material in a manner that is safe, efficient, environmentally sound and cost-effective.