. City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department

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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

Department Information

Return of Curbside Glass Recycling

Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the return of curbside recycling of bottles and jars made from clear, green and brown glass.
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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.
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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.
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'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...
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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....
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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
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Collection Schedule

Want to know when your SWMD service days are? Visit our online search tool, MYCITY and enter your Houston area address for information.

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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
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Carton Recycling Program

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

Carton Recycling
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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
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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.

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