Solid Waste Management Department


Interim Director of Houston's Solid Waste Management Department

Caroyn Wright

Carolyn Wright is a Houston native, a proud graduate of Phillis Wheatley High School, and continued her formal education studies with Texas Southern University and the University of Houston/Downtown. Her City of Houston career began over 37 years ago starting with the Houston Public Library. She later joined the Solid Waste Management Department in 1986 and now has over 34 years of professional solid waste management experience. Carolyn’s work experience in the Solid Waste Management Department includes the positions of Human Resources Division Manager, Deputy Assistant Director and Deputy Director.

As the interim director, she is responsible for the collection and disposal of household garbage, tree waste and junk waste, yard waste, combined single stream automated recycling, and all other related programs for the 465,000 homes served by the department.

“I am very humbled and excited for this opportunity. My commitment to the City of Houston and the Solid Waste Management Department remains solid as it has been for the past 37 years. I’m here to continue to serve the citizens of Houston to the best of my ability and I assure you that our team of talented and dedicated employees are just as committed.”

Carolyn is active in the community and donates her time and skills toward the enrichment of neighborhood programs. She has played a vital role in every major department challenge over the past years including the department’s response to Tropical Storm Allison, Hurricanes Rita, Katrina, Ike, and Harvey, the Coronavirus pandemic, and city-wide anti-litter abatement projects.

Mrs. Wright is a wife, mother and grandmother.