. 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

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Collection and Facility Schedule for Thanksgiving Holiday
In observance of Thanksgiving Day, the following are changes to the City of Houston’s Solid Waste Management Department’s collection and facilities schedules. MORE »

Collection Service Update
The City of Houston Department of Solid Waste Management experienced higher than anticipated amounts of junk waste placed at the curb last month. MORE »

Composting Drop-Off Pilot Program
Annoncing the city's very first composting pilot program. Divert your food waste away from the landfill. It's easy, it's fun, it's good for our city & our planet.  MORE>>

HTX Collects
Houston Solid Waste Management has launched HTX Collects, a mobile app that will allow residents to stay better connected with the City’s waste and recycling collection programs. MORE>>

Hiring Commercial Truck Drivers
The department is also hiring Commercial Truck Drivers and offering a signing incentive retention pay for these critical classifications. MORE>>

Did you receive an OOPS! tag?
Houston SWMD put "Feet on the Street" to monitor and tag recycling bins. Get more information on this recycling education program and 'Oops Tags'. MORE>>

Pilot Education Campaign To Improve Curbside Residential Recycling
Beginning May 3, 2021 Houston SWMD will put "Feet on the Street" to monitor and tag recycling bins. MORE »

Lunch & Learn Vol 2 - Junk/Tree Waste Collection
Round table discussion with three SWMD experts on Junk Waste/Tree Waste collection services. MORE »

Lunch & Learn Vol 1 - Earth Day Recycling
Round table discussion with two SWMD experts on the City of Houston recycling program. MORE »

SWMD Long-Range Plan
The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) is excited to announce the creation of an updated Long-Range Solid Waste Management Plan covering waste and recycling programs for Houston until 2040. MORE »

Award Honoring the Very Best in the Recycling Industry
The City of Houston’s Solid Waste Management Department recycling processing partnership with Fomento de Construcciones y Contractas (FCC) has been named the "Best U.S. Recycling Facility of the Year... MORE »

Solid Waste Cart Management
Effective July 1, 2020 and pursuant to City of Houston Ordinance Amending Sections 39-1, 39-49, 39-62, AND 39-63, passed by City Council on 05/13/2020, a $1.14 cart fee will be charged to water accounts that receive COH Solid Waste Service. MORE »

Proper Motor Oil Disposal
Used motor oil is not collected in your curbside collection. Used motor oil is a contaminant of waterways, so do not dump down the drain or trash. 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 »

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 »

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... MORE »

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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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