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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

Hurricane Harvey - Garbage Collection Service

Houston residents, please remember that due to the disaster debris collection efforts, the only regularly scheduled solid waste service is garbage collection. All other scheduled services – curbside recycling, yard waste and junk/tree waste – are suspended until further notice. Please do not put your green cart with recycling or yard waste bags out, they will not be collected. We appreciate your cooperation and patience as we all recover together. You may still bring your recycling to any of the Neighborhood Depository and Recycling Centers; or to the Westpark Recycling Center; all of which are open 7 days a week for your convenience. More...

Drop-Off Facility Hours Change Due to Flooding

Beginning Tuesday, September 5, 2017, The City of Houston Solid Waste Management will be temporarily changing hours and days of operation at all its drop-off facilities to better serve residents during the recovery and debris removal operation post Hurricane Harvey. More...

Debris Removal Guidelines

Learn more on how you can contract with the City of Houston to assist with the Hurricane Harvey debris removal. More...

Report Storm Damage

The City of Houston's Solid Waste Management Department is working diligently throughout the city picking up Harvey storm debris. To assist with Harvey debris collection efforts, the City asks that citizens report storm debris to 311. More...

Debris Removal Guidelines

In efforts to expedite the debris removal process, SWM asks that you separate your debris into 6 piles. More...

Hurricane Harvey - Debris Removal Assistance

If you are a contractor with debris equipment and the ability to load it, who is interested in assisting with the Hurricane Harvey debris removal in Houston, please call DRC at 1-888-721-4372 or visit www.drcusa.com.

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...

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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