Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD)

City of Houston                                                 


Harry J. Hayes, Director                                                            Annise D. Parker, Mayor

For Immediate Release                                                             June 13, 2013



For more information, please contact:

Sandra Jackson 
(713) 837-9164 office 




Houston to Expand Automated Curbside Recycling Program

to 35,000 more Households (Revised Corrected)


Thursday, June 13, 2013 – The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) is pleased to announce an additional 35,000 households (see list below) will be added to its popular automated curbside recycling program.  As part of the expansion, residents in neighborhoods throughout Houston will receive one 96-gallon green automated cart similar to the black automated garbage cart.


“I am pleased that we continue to expand our recycling services.  This is the first of two expansions this calendar year where we will double the number of homes with single stream recycling.  Our recycling efforts show great financial responsibility in not paying to dispose of valuable commodities, as well as creates local jobs by appropriately managing resources,” said Mayor Annise Parker.


“Since first implementing the initiative in 2009, residents have overwhelmingly been asking to be included in this program.  It’s convenient because participants can place their unsorted recyclables, including glass, in one city-provided container with wheels that makes it easy to roll to the curb,” said Harry Hayes, SWMD Director. 

An additional expansion to 70,000 households is planned in the fall.


Recyclable items that can be placed in the containers include: newspapers, magazines, office paper, junk mail, cardboard, paperboard, paper bags, glass bottles and jars, aluminum cans, tin and steel cans and plastics 1 – 5 and 7.



Subdivisions included in the July 2013 expansion curbside Automated Recycling Program:


(Visit each subdivision name to view a .pdf map of the new service areas.)


1. Almeda Plaza
2. Bayou Place
3. Braeburn Glen
4. Braeswood Place
5. Brooksmith
6. East Montrose
7. East Sunnyside
8. Epernay Sec 2
9. Fourth Ward/Freemen's Town
10. Glen Iris
11. Glenshire
12. Golfview Manor
13. Gulf Freeway Oaks
14. Harris Court
15. Heights
16. Heights II
17. Hiram Clarke
18. Home Owned Estates
19. Huntington Patio
20. Huntington Village
21. Inwood Terrace
22. Kashmere Gardens
23. Keegan's Glen
24. Kempwood Villa T/H
25. Magnolia Park Sec 2
26. Monte Beach
27. New Meadow Brook
28. Nottingham Sec 4
29. Outpost Estates
30. Parkglen
31. Parkglen West
32. Proctor Plaza
33. South Park
34. Sunnylan
35. Sunset Heights
36. Sunset Terrace
37. Third Ward
38. Tropicana
39. Westbriar
40. Westbury West
41. Westwood Corner
42. Westwood Patio Homes
43. Wilson Court







The Solid Waste Management Department provides solid waste services to the residents 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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