Collection Schedule due to Flooding August 25-30, 2017


City of Houston 

Harry J. Hayes, Director
For more information, please contact:
City of Houston Solid Waste Management
Sylvester Turner, Mayor

Irma Reyes, Public Information Officer
(832) 393-0475 office 

Tyra Wilkins
(832) 393-0448 office 


Houston, Texas, August 30, 2017: To address the disaster debris created by Hurricane Harvey, the Solid Waste Management Department will be suspending some of its collection services, specifically, yard waste, recycling and junk waste/tree waste. Department operations are to be focused on the current public health issues confronting the city in the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath. Services for self-serve operations will be expanded to accommodate residents who have already begun property removal. Neighborhood depository services will immediately move to a 7-day schedule until further notice. The department is focusing its efforts on disaster debris efforts to speed Houstonians property damage issues.

The Solid Waste Management Department appreciates our customers’ patience as we all recover from the disaster. Normal collection services will resume on the schedule as follows:

  • Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Thursday's Garbage collection will begin with normal schedule.
  • Friday, September 1, 2017 - Friday's Garbage collection will be collected.
  • Monday, September 4, 2017 - No collection in observance of Labor Day
  • Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - Monday’s Garbage will be collected.
  • Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - Tuesday’s Garbage will be collected
  • Thursday, September 7, 2017 -Normal garbage schedule resumes for all collection days.

Curbside single stream recycling collection will be suspended until further notice. All additional personnel will be assigned to debris collection for disaster recovery.

*Note: All Neighborhood Depository and Recycling Center sites will be on a seven day schedule, 10am – 7pm beginning Thursday August 31, 2017. To continue recycling during this time, residents may bring their recyclables to these sites listed below, or to the Westpark Recycling Center which will maintain its normal 8am – 5pm Monday - Saturday schedule. Facilities will be CLOSED Monday 9/4/17 for Labor Day.

Houston residents may utilize these Solid Waste Management neighborhood depositories:

  • NORTH - N. Main Neighborhood Depository - 9003 N. Main
  • NORTHWEST - Sommermeyer Neighborhood Depository - 14400 Sommermeyer
  • NORTHEAST - Kirkpatrick Neighborhood Depository - 5565 Kirkpatrick
  • SOUTH - Sunbeam Neighborhood Depository - 5100 Sunbeam
  • SOUTHWEST - Southwest Neighborhood Depository - 10785 SW Freeway
  • SOUTHEAST - Central Neighborhood Depository - 2240 Central St.
    No household garbage, electronics or household hazardous waste is accepted.
Each user must provide the following as proof of residency:
  • A current Texas Driver’s license (a current Texas Department of Public Safety issued I.D. may be substituted) or a Texas License to Carry and
  • A current utility bill or city property tax receipt. Addresses and names on all presented documents must match Texas Driver's License or ID.
    *Electronic records are NOT accepted.
  • RECYCLING ONLY - No proof of residency required.
  • NO PETS allowed on premises.

Yardwaste collection will be suspended until further notice due to the need of extra personnel for debris collection for disaster recovery.

Normally scheduled Junk and Tree Waste collections will be suspended until further notice as all related personnel will be assigned to disaster debris collections.

Disaster Debris from Hurricane Harvey will be collected on an ongoing basis until all material has been collected. Please place your debris at the curb as soon as possible. It is essential the piles be accessible by the collection crews therefore please do not park on the street blocking piles, and make sure the material is clear of tree branches, fire hydrants, utility lines. Please divide debris into the following categories.

  • 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

For more information about the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department and its services, residents may check online at, like us on Facebook at, follow us on twitter @houstontrash or call 3-1-1, the City of Houston’s Customer Service Helpline.


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.