. 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.

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Department Information

Recycle Holiday Lights

Do not place holiday lights (tanglers) in your curbside recycling. Tanglers, including holiday lights and power cords, cannot be recycled in your home recycling cart and will cause problems... MORE

Thanks but NO TANKS

Your disposable helium tanks are not accepted in your curbside recycling. Placing tanks in the trash cart is also hazardous. MORE

Ribbon Cutting - Ellington Recycling Facility

The Ellington Field Community Recycling Drop-off has been reconstructed to improve the customers’ recycling experience. MORE

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

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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...
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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.

Curbside Recycling
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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.

Business Recycling
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Carton Recycling Program

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

Carton 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.

Green 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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