The 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.
Solid Waste Management Department
Collection Schedule - UPDATE 1/11/2019
Due to our busy holiday season and higher volumes at the curb, we've fallen a bit behind the posted recycling collections schedule. All available automated service crews are working diligently to ensure collection of your garbage (black can). Learn More.
Christmas Tree Recycling Extended - Jan. 31st
From December 26, 2018 through January 31, 2019, residents can recycle their real (natural) trees by dropping them off at one of twenty-five (25) free recycling locations throughout Houston to the drop-off locations.Learn More.
City Of Houston Receives Grant For Zika Abatement Collection
City Council approved an ordinance awarding a contract to NOLA Construction & Development Group, LLC for Zika Abatement Debris Removal Service. More...
Groundbreaking of New Recycling Facility FCC Environmental Services
The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department celebrated a groundbreaking on the new Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas, Inc. (FCC) Material Recovery Facility (MRF). More...
Place Your Debris Out On The Curb Storm Debris Collection Continues
It has been 6 months since Hurricane Harvey devastated the lives of many of the residents of the City of Houston.
Neighbor Helping Neighbor - Let’s Get It All Out
As you continue to work on your own home, make sure you check on your neighbors as well, especially if they are seniors or disabled.
'HARVEY BY THE NUMBERS' Interactive Web Site
"Harvey By The Numbers" web site that shows where trucks are picking up storm debris, where flood damage was the worst...
City Cracking Down on Illegal Scrap Tire Operations
Effective July 1, 2016, the grace period for compliance with the City of Houston’s Scrap Tire Ordinance will expire and enforcement will begin in earnest. More...
New Partnership Increases Glass Recycling Drop Off Locations
The City of Houston is able to offer residents a more convenient way to recycle glass....
Work for Solid Waste Management
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City 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.Curbside Recycling
Want to know when your SWMD service days are? Visit our online search tool, MYCITY and enter your Houston area address for information.Your Schedule
Business Recycling Program
Houston Business Recycling Program The City of Houston strives to save businesses money, protect the environment and keep Houston clean.Business Recycling
Carton Recycling Program
Yes! Cartons are recyclable. The City of Houston accepts cartons for recycling.Carton Recycling
Go 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.Green Communities
Rules & Regulations
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.More Rules & Regulations