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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

September is Tree Waste Month

Residents may dispose of their Tree Waste and Junk Waste at their curbside. Tree Waste is collected during ODD numbered months and Junk Waste is collected during EVEN numbered months. This method of collecting large waste comes with the benefits of diverting materials that can be recycled from landfills, saving landfill space and valuable tax dollars. Learn More.

Illegal Dumping in the News

Illegal dumping is not only aesthetically unappealing—it can pose a threat to human health. Rats, mice, mosquitoes, and flies can all carry disease and are attracted to unkempt areas that contain food scraps. Local news station KPRC is helping shed light in this growing problem. Watch Now.

A Note of Thanks from the Citizens of Houston

In May of 2015 the City of Houston was impacted by severe weather. Unfortunately many of our homes had storm debris that needed to be collected. Many of our residents have been e-mailing notes of gratitude to the Solid Waste Management Department on their handling of the disaster. Please read what a few of your neighbors are saying. Read Now.

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

Living EarthHouston Apartment AssociationMontrose Management DistrictKeep Houston beautifulCompucycleHouston Furniture Bank