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Solid Waste Management Department

"Working to make Houston a Cleaner, Greener Place to Live"

Department Blank LogoThe Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) provides solid waste services 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.
Council Member Brenda Stardig District A

Message from Council Member Brenda Stardig on May Disaster recovery.

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SWMD Recycling Facilities

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Houston to Expand Automated Curbside Recycling ProgramCity Wide Automated Curbside Recycling
Automated curbside recycling for Houston residents is here. Everyone with City of Houston collection now has recycling in the big 96-gal cart. Collection began on March. More...
Go Green CommunitiesHouston Business Recycling Program
The City of Houston strives to save businesses money, protect the environment and keep Houston clean. In July 2011, the City of Houston's Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD), in partnership with the Montrose Management District, began a pilot program offering recycling services to small businesses in Montrose. More ...
Houston Carton RecyclingHouston Carton Recycling Program

Yes! Cartons are recyclable. The City of Houston accepts cartons for recycling.

The last drop of milk, juice or soup does not mark the end of a carton's useful life. Cartons are easy to recycle and in high demand. More ...

Know Your Service DaysKnow Your Service Days
Want to know when your SWMD service days are? Visit our online search tool, MYCITY and enter your Houston area address for information.
When placing your carts at the curbA Friendly Reminder

When placing your carts at the curb, remember to leave 3 feet between each cart and other objects such as cars, trees, and mailboxes so the SWMD trucks can pick them up quickly and easily.

Our Community Partners

Living EarthHouston Apartment AssociationMontrose Management DistrictKeep Houston beautifulCompucycleHouston Furniture Bank

Go Green CommunitiesGo Green Communities

The Houston Apartment Association (HAA) and the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) launched on November 15, 2011 the Go Green Community initiative to increase recycling in apartment communities.
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