. 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

Neighborhood Depository & Recycling Centers’ Change in Hours Due To Beginning of Daylight Savings Time

Our hours of operation at our six (6) Neighborhood Depositories are changing on Sunday, March 11, 2018, due to Daylight Savings Time.
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Neighborhood Depositories, Westpark & ESC Return to Normal Days & Hours of Operation

Neighborhood Depositories, Westpark Consumer Recycling Center and HHW Environmental Service Centers will return to normal hours of operation.
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City Crews return to regular Tree/Junk Schedule

City Junk Waste/Tree Waste crews will resume the regularly scheduled Tree Waste and Junk Waste collections effective March 1, 2018.
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Place all storm material on the curb

We ask residents to continue moving their debris curbside for collection as quickly as possible. Place all storm-related debris out on the curb for collection, regardless of the size of the pile
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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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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.

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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.

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Carton Recycling Program

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

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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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