Solid Waste Management Department
  • Recycling 70,000

    Art Recycling Trucks Hit the Streets

    Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) and City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) debut six new Art Recycling Trucks.

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  • July is Tree Waste Month
  • Business Recycling
  • Recycle Used Cooking Oil
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  • RE-Use Warehouse

    Solid Waste Department ReUse Warehouse

    More than one-third of the waste stream in the Houston area is made up of construction and demolition material, much of which could be diverted and re-used.

  • Recycling 70,000

    Curbside Recycling Expanded to 70,000 Homes

    The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) is pleased to announce an additional 70,000 households (see list below) will be added to its popular automated curbside recycling program.

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Automated Curbside Recycling Program Expanded to 62,000 Homes

Houston to Expand Automated Curbside Recycling ProgramMayor Annise Parker and Harry J. Hayes, Director of the Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD), are pleased to announce the addition of 62,000 homes to the City's popular automated curbside recycling program. As part of the expansion, residents in neighborhoods throughout Houston will receive a new 96-gallon green automated cart similar to the black automated garbage cart they already have. The green carts will take paper, plastics, metals and glass out of the waste stream. More.

Houston Business Recycling Program

Go Green CommunitiesThe 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 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.

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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.

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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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. The City of Houston also proclaimed Nov. 15 as Houston Recycles Day, which coincides with Texas Recycles Day and America Recycles Day.
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About the Director

Harry J. Hayes

In August 2007, Mayor Bill White and City Council unanimously confirmed North Operations Deputy Director, Harry J. Hayes, as the director of Houston’s Solid Waste Management Department. As Director, Hayes oversees a $65.5 million budget and is responsible for solid waste services to approximately 423,000 households, of which 376,820 homes are directly serviced by the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department.  In addition to garbage collection services, Director Hayes has oversight of the yard trimmings recycling, tree waste/junk waste collection, dead animal collection, the operation of the Neighborhood Depository/Recycling Centers, Westpark Recycling Center as well as a variety of recycling facilities and 3 transfer stations. He is also responsible for the City of Houston’s debris management operations.



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Contact the Department

Solid Waste Management Department
P.O. Box 1562
Houston, TX 77251




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Keep Houston Beautiful

Keep Houston Beautiful is the city's leading organization in beautification, litter reduction and recycling education. (Note: Keep Houston Beautiful is the dba name for the Clean City Commission established by city ordinance.)

Caring for our Environment

When it comes to Yard Trimmings, You have options!

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Compostable bags are available at these Houston area Retailers

Living Earth Houston Mulch is now available at Lowe's stores!

Did you know that Yard Trimmings and Tree Waste collected by the City of Houston are taken to area Living Earth facilities for processing instead of going to the landfill? The material is first processed through a grinder, then composted and eventually becomes Houston Mulch. You can purchase Houston Mulch at area Lowe's Home Improvement stores..

Public Information Office Press Releases


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Wasting No Time

The SWMD's TV show, featuring the latest information and news about the Solid Waste Management Department. View the show's library on HTV's website here....