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May 29, 2015

Storm Debris Collection Begins Tomorrow
Volunteers Network Formed to Help With Cleanup

The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department will begin storm debris collection in the hardest hit areas of the City tomorrow, Saturday, May 30, 2015. Residents are asked to separate discarded items into the following six categories (see attached flyer below) and place each pile at the curb away from mailboxes, fire hydrants, water meters, electrical lines and other impediments.

  • Normal Household Trash - Normal household trash and bagged debris of any kind will not be picked up with debris as part of this program. You should continue to follow your normal garbage schedule.
  • Vegetative Debris - leaves (do not put in bags), logs, plants, tree branches.
  • Construction & Demolition Debris - building materials, carpet, drywall, furniture, lumber, mattresses, and plumbing.
  • Appliances & White Goods - air conditioners, dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers and water heaters.
  • Electronics - computers, radios, stereos, televisions, other devices with a cord.
  • Household Hazardous Waste - cleaning supplies, batteries, lawn chemical, oils, oil-based paints, stains and pesticides.

Additional information and instruction for debris placement can be found at, or the Solid Waste Management Department's Facebook page.
Weekly garbage, yard waste and curbside recycling services that did not occur this week due to the flooding will return to their normal collection schedules as follows:

  • Monday and Tuesday garbage that was not collected will occur on their regularly scheduled days next week, beginning June 1. 
  • Missed yard waste will be collected on its regularly scheduled day next week, beginning June 1.
  • Missed recycling will be picked up on its next scheduled recycling collection date. 

Effective Monday, June 1, 2015, the city's neighborhood depository sites will be open seven days a week until further notice for residents who want to get rid of debris or uncollected recycling on their own.  City residents will need to show an ID and utility bill to utilize the depositories.

The City's Environmental Service Center at 11500 South Post Oak is also open to accept Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) from residents who don't want to wait for city crews to come by for collection.  HHW can be dropped off every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. or on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Should there be a need; the hours may be increased to accommodate the demand for service.

If your trash bin floated away during the flood, please contact 311 to file a report. A replacement will be delivered within 5 - 7 business days.

The City will not collect debris from apartment complexes, businesses or other commercial properties.  It is the responsibility of the owner/management company to make provisions for debris removal from these sites.

Volunteer Information
In response to this week's flooding and in preparation for hurricane season, Mayor Annise Parker has launched an initiative aimed at getting basic clean-up assistance to those in need as quickly as possible after disasters occur.

The Houston Volunteer Disaster Assistance Initiative is designed to coordinate and support the efforts of Houston's many volunteer groups so they can more quickly identify and assist elderly, disabled and low-income residents who are least likely to be able to handle disaster clean-up themselves.

The initiative will utilize a network of faith-based organizations to identify the homes of elderly or disabled people who are unable to clean up flood debris or remove flood-damage carpet and furniture from their homes.  Once the homes have been identified, volunteer crews will be dispatched to do the work. The effort will continue as long as there is need.  Then the network will remain on call through the hurricane season, which begins on Monday, June 1, 2015.  Elderly, disabled and low-income persons who need help with flood clean-up should call 311.

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