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

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

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

Through a new partnership with Strategic Materials Inc., North America’s largest glass recycler, the City of Houston is able to offer residents a more convenient way to recycle glass. Learn More...

Recycling to Continue but Glass no Longer Accepted

Good news! City Council and Mayor Turner approved the recycling processing contract Wednesday, March 23, 2016. We are excited to continue our curbside program, and more information on the glass removal will be coming shortly. Glass is still accepted at all drop-off locations, please go here for information. More...

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. More ...

Work for Solid Waste Management

Solid Waste Management is looking for exceptional people in Houston and the surrounding area to join our team. Are you ready for a change? Want to work where your efforts are appreciated? SWM can make that happen. Apply Now.

City Wide Automated Curbside Recycling

Houston to Expand Automated Curbside Recycling Program 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...

Houston Business Recycling Program

Go Green Communities Houston Business Recycling Program The City of Houston strives to save businesses money, protect the environment and keep Houston clean. More ...

Go Green Communities

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.
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Know Your Service Days

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

Houston Carton Recycling Program

Houston Carton RecyclingYes! 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 ...

A Friendly Reminder

When placing your carts at the curbWhen 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

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