City of Houston Solid Waste Management

City of Houston Solid Waste Management The Solid Waste Management D provides solid waste services to Houston residents through the collection, disposal, and recycling of discarded material in a manner that is safe, efficient, environmentally sound and cost-effective.

www.HoustonSolidWaste.org The Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) is a department of the City of Houston, www.houstontx.gov. This site is intended to serve as a mechanism for communication between the public and the SWMD on the listed topics. Following or “friending” persons or organizations is not an endorsement by the City and is only intended as a means of communication. All content of this site and all comments submitted to this page and its list of fans are public and are subject to disclosure pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act. Public information requests must be directed to the SWMD’s Public Information Officer.

Operating as usual

JUNE is (even month) JUNK WASTE COLLECTION ALL debris placed at the curb will be removed! June 1st our crews are working...
06/01/2021

JUNE is (even month) JUNK WASTE COLLECTION

ALL debris placed at the curb will be removed!

June 1st our crews are working on 1st Tuesday junk waste routes.

A few reminders:
• No more than 8 cubic yards (about the size of a minivan) of Junk Waste may be placed at the curb for collection.

• A maximum of four cubic yards of building material (not to include roofing shingles, brick, plaster or concrete) generated by the resident.

• Appliances containing refrigerant must have a tag attached to them certifying a qualified technician has removed the refrigerant.

• Solid Waste Management is NOT allowed to collect any material that was generated by contractors.

For more information visit us at https://www.houstontx.gov/solidwaste/

JUNE is (even month) JUNK WASTE COLLECTION

ALL debris placed at the curb will be removed!

June 1st our crews are working on 1st Tuesday junk waste routes.

A few reminders:
• No more than 8 cubic yards (about the size of a minivan) of Junk Waste may be placed at the curb for collection.

• A maximum of four cubic yards of building material (not to include roofing shingles, brick, plaster or concrete) generated by the resident.

• Appliances containing refrigerant must have a tag attached to them certifying a qualified technician has removed the refrigerant.

• Solid Waste Management is NOT allowed to collect any material that was generated by contractors.

For more information visit us at https://www.houstontx.gov/solidwaste/

Memorial Day Collection Schedule.The Solid Waste Management Department will be observing the Memorial Day holiday on Mon...
05/27/2021

Memorial Day Collection Schedule.
The Solid Waste Management Department will be observing the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 31, 2021. Please review our holiday collection schedule. https://bit.ly/2T7MhML
#MemorialDay2021 #MemorialDay

Memorial Day Collection Schedule.
The Solid Waste Management Department will be observing the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 31, 2021. Please review our holiday collection schedule. https://bit.ly/2T7MhML
#MemorialDay2021 #MemorialDay

Yes, we are hiring! CDL Drivers with at least 6 months of driving experience required. Click link below for more informa...
05/20/2021

Yes, we are hiring! CDL Drivers with at least 6 months of driving experience required. Click link below for more information: https://bit.ly/342oTCI

Hiring CDL-A Local Senior Sideloader Operators in the Houston, TX area. This individual will function as the primary operator of a collection/yard trimming truck and operate hydraulic controls on refuse truck. Learn more: https://bit.ly/342oTCI

#truckdriver #CDL #nowhiring

Take your lunch break and learn the difference between the alternating months for your Junk Waste/Tree Waste collection ...
05/19/2021

Take your lunch break and learn the difference between the alternating months for your Junk Waste/Tree Waste collection services; are you confused about the alternating months? Our solid waste experts are here to answer your questions when it comes to your junk waste/tree waste services.

This virtual event will allow you to ask questions of two of the city’s experts on Junk Waste/Tree Waste. Questions can also be submitted before the event at [email protected]. https://bit.ly/3eqOYBv

Take your lunch break and learn the difference between the alternating months for your Junk Waste/Tree Waste collection services; are you confused about the alternating months? Our solid waste experts are here to answer your questions when it comes to your junk waste/tree waste services.

This virtual event will allow you to ask questions of two of the city’s experts on Junk Waste/Tree Waste. Questions can also be submitted before the event at [email protected]. https://bit.ly/3eqOYBv

The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department is looking for skilled CDL license drivers to join our team. We of...
05/14/2021

The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department is looking for skilled CDL license drivers to join our team. We offer competitive pay, great benefits, and countless opportunities!

POSITIONS AVAILABLE:
Sideloader**
Senior Refuse Truck Driver**
Senior Sideloader**

**CDL license required for driver positions with at least 6 months of driving experience.
Visit our website for more information.
https://bit.ly/3feIS6i

The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department is looking for skilled CDL license drivers to join our team. We offer competitive pay, great benefits, and countless opportunities!

POSITIONS AVAILABLE:
Sideloader**
Senior Refuse Truck Driver**
Senior Sideloader**

**CDL license required for driver positions with at least 6 months of driving experience.
Visit our website for more information.
https://bit.ly/3feIS6i

The City of Houston Department of Solid Waste Management experienced higher than anticipated amounts of junk waste place...
05/06/2021

The City of Houston Department of Solid Waste Management experienced higher than anticipated amounts of junk waste placed at the curb last month. https://bit.ly/3nUIRZc

The City of Houston Department of Solid Waste Management experienced higher than anticipated amounts of junk waste placed at the curb last month. https://bit.ly/3nUIRZc

Thank you to Dogan Elementary in the 5th ward for allowing us to teach the importance of recycling.  This was their "kic...
05/06/2021

Thank you to Dogan Elementary in the 5th ward for allowing us to teach the importance of recycling. This was their "kick-off" for a month-long recycling rally, where each grade is challenged to collect the most recyclables during the month. The winner will be rewarded with an ice cream party sponsored by H.E.B.

The students were given a recycling starter kit by H.E.B. that included a reusable bag filled with snacks, recycling guides and fun recycling coloring books.
Thank you H.E.Buddy for assisting Re-Use It on starting Dogan Elementary on this recycling challenge. #RecycleRight #HEB

Make a difference in your community and your planet - recycle.Place your clean and empty plastic bottles and jugs, alumi...
05/04/2021

Make a difference in your community and your planet - recycle.

Place your clean and empty plastic bottles and jugs, aluminum and veggie cans, glass bottles and jars, paper and cardboard in your green recycling cart.

May the Fourth be With You!

#KnowWhatToThrow #MayTheFourth #StarWarsDay #Recycling #RecyclingMatters #MayTheFourthBeWithYou

Make a difference in your community and your planet - recycle.

Place your clean and empty plastic bottles and jugs, aluminum and veggie cans, glass bottles and jars, paper and cardboard in your green recycling cart.

May the Fourth be With You!

#KnowWhatToThrow #MayTheFourth #StarWarsDay #Recycling #RecyclingMatters #MayTheFourthBeWithYou

Watch our Earth Day Lunch and Learn with two of our Recycling Champions. https://bit.ly/3tqRBIr
04/30/2021
Earth Day Lunch and Learn 2021

Watch our Earth Day Lunch and Learn with two of our Recycling Champions. https://bit.ly/3tqRBIr

Earth Day Lunch and Learn features two members of the Solid Waste Management Department who are recycling champions discussing curbside recycling. Have you a...

National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 26–30. All collection workers, construction and maintenance workers need moto...
04/28/2021

National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 26–30. All collection workers, construction and maintenance workers need motorists to drive more carefully around them. Be sure to use extra caution in work zones, this week and year-round. #drivesafeworksafesavelives

National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 26–30. All collection workers, construction and maintenance workers need motorists to drive more carefully around them. Be sure to use extra caution in work zones, this week and year-round. #drivesafeworksafesavelives

Beginning May 3, 2021, Houston SWMD will put "Feet on the Street" to monitor and tag recycling bins. The Cart-Tagging Pr...
04/28/2021

Beginning May 3, 2021, Houston SWMD will put "Feet on the Street" to monitor and tag recycling bins. The Cart-Tagging Project is supported by a grant from The Recycling Partnership and a grant from the Houston-Galveston Area Council passed through from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The goal of the program is to improve the quantity and quality of recyclables collected in the curbside recycling cart. Currently, more than 35% of what is collected in the single-stream program is contamination. The contaminants include but are not limited to trash items with food residue, bagged recyclables, batteries and electronics, long tangler items such as cords, hoses and chains, yard waste, household items, scrap metal, scrap wood and shredded paper. For more information visit https://bit.ly/3dX72CY. #RecycleRight

Beginning May 3, 2021, Houston SWMD will put "Feet on the Street" to monitor and tag recycling bins. The Cart-Tagging Project is supported by a grant from The Recycling Partnership and a grant from the Houston-Galveston Area Council passed through from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The goal of the program is to improve the quantity and quality of recyclables collected in the curbside recycling cart. Currently, more than 35% of what is collected in the single-stream program is contamination. The contaminants include but are not limited to trash items with food residue, bagged recyclables, batteries and electronics, long tangler items such as cords, hoses and chains, yard waste, household items, scrap metal, scrap wood and shredded paper. For more information visit https://bit.ly/3dX72CY. #RecycleRight

04/27/2021

Solid Waste Management Department would like to recognize one of Houston's youngest Recycling Rangers. Brandon Allen Jr. (B.J.) with the help of his dad is learning at a young age how to work for a greener and cleaner Houston. Brandon’s love of nature, especially polar bears, motivated him to make a difference. He pledged to collect over 100 lbs of plastic to help save planet Earth, and is well on his way to meeting that goal. Every pound of plastic collected for recycling helps conserve natural resources, reduce litter and improve Houston’s environment for all. Brandon is helping lead the way for Houstonians to recycle more.

Brandon Allen Jr., the Houston Solid Waste Management Department salutes you!
#Earthmonth #Earthday2021 #HEB #RecycleRight

TONIGHT! Acres Homes Community Meeting.
04/19/2021

TONIGHT! Acres Homes Community Meeting.

TONIGHT! I am hosting a community meeting in Acres Homes and will be joined by representatives from the Houston Police Department, Solid Waste Management, Houston Health Department and Department of Neighborhoods.
Please us.

♻️ Join two of our very own RECYCLING CHAMPIONS to discuss sustainability and recycling in Houston.Have you always had a...
04/19/2021

♻️ Join two of our very own RECYCLING CHAMPIONS to discuss sustainability and recycling in Houston.

Have you always had a question on why you should recycle that plastic bottle? -OR- What happens to the glass you put in the green recycling cart?

Join us for an engaging and informative conversation presented by the Solid Waste Management Department. This virtual event will allow you to ask questions of two of the city’s recycling experts.
https://bit.ly/3tqRBIr

Reuse Warehouse Houston
COH Employee News
#EarthDay2021 #RecycleRight #KnowWhatToThrow

♻️ Join two of our very own RECYCLING CHAMPIONS to discuss sustainability and recycling in Houston.

Have you always had a question on why you should recycle that plastic bottle? -OR- What happens to the glass you put in the green recycling cart?

Join us for an engaging and informative conversation presented by the Solid Waste Management Department. This virtual event will allow you to ask questions of two of the city’s recycling experts.
https://bit.ly/3tqRBIr

Reuse Warehouse Houston
COH Employee News
#EarthDay2021 #RecycleRight #KnowWhatToThrow

Not sure what to do with the helium tank after the party? After all the balloons are filled, the tank can be emptied by ...
04/18/2021

Not sure what to do with the helium tank after the party? After all the balloons are filled, the tank can be emptied by puncturing the button on top, and dropped off for recycling at Westpark or a Neighborhood Depository. Do not put the tank in your curbside cart, the tanks are too large to be recovered at the processing facility and are a danger if not completely emptied of gas. https://bit.ly/2RxkZid

Not sure what to do with the helium tank after the party? After all the balloons are filled, the tank can be emptied by puncturing the button on top, and dropped off for recycling at Westpark or a Neighborhood Depository. Do not put the tank in your curbside cart, the tanks are too large to be recovered at the processing facility and are a danger if not completely emptied of gas. https://bit.ly/2RxkZid

Ever wonder what to do with your one-time-use helium tank? Helium and propane tanks should NOT be disposed of curbside i...
04/16/2021
How to Recycle Balloon Time Helium Tank

Ever wonder what to do with your one-time-use helium tank? Helium and propane tanks should NOT be disposed of curbside in your trash or recycling bin. They have the potential to cause explosions and fires in collection vehicles and at the recycling center, putting employees in danger.

Disposable helium tanks are accepted at our Westpark
Consumer Recycling Center located at 5900 Westpark.

Balloon Time has Instruction and a video that takes you
step-by-step through the process of recycling its disposable helium tanks. The key is to make sure each tank is completely empty, then punch a hole in it and remove the valve so it is safe for recycling.

Tanks MUST be EMPTY to be accepted for recycling.

https://bit.ly/32dpjVK

Learn how to prepare your Balloon Time Helium Tank for recycling. For more information on how to recycle your tank, visit http://www.balloontime.com/recycle.

🐰 EASTER TIP:Plastic baskets are not recyclable. Also, avoid cellophane wrap.Choose baskets that can be reused for gifts...
04/02/2021

🐰 EASTER TIP:
Plastic baskets are not recyclable. Also, avoid cellophane wrap.
Choose baskets that can be reused for gifts or used around the house.

🐰 EASTER TIP:
Plastic baskets are not recyclable. Also, avoid cellophane wrap.
Choose baskets that can be reused for gifts or used around the house.

🐰 EASTER TIP:Plastic Easter eggs can NOT BE RECYCLED and should be reused or thrown in the trash.Decorate real eggs inst...
04/01/2021

🐰 EASTER TIP:
Plastic Easter eggs can NOT BE RECYCLED and should be reused or thrown in the trash.
Decorate real eggs instead of plastic. You can always eat them when the egg hunt is over. If you do use plastic eggs save them for next year.

🐰 EASTER TIP:
Plastic Easter eggs can NOT BE RECYCLED and should be reused or thrown in the trash.
Decorate real eggs instead of plastic. You can always eat them when the egg hunt is over. If you do use plastic eggs save them for next year.

Spotlighting Samson Rawlins:We would like to spotlight Samson Rawlins, a SWMD Sideloader Operator, who is frequently ass...
03/31/2021

Spotlighting Samson Rawlins:
We would like to spotlight Samson Rawlins, a SWMD Sideloader Operator, who is frequently assigned to assist residents dropping off recycling at our weekend Kingwood Recycling Center. The SWMD office has received numerous calls, letters and emails from residents regarding your friendly attitude, professionalism and the outstanding customer service you provide. Thank you for offering a very pleasant and warm environment, and helping our residents to recycle right! We salute you Samson and are so glad to have you apart of our SWMD family.
#SWMDSpotlight
#COHEmployeeNews

Spotlighting Samson Rawlins:
We would like to spotlight Samson Rawlins, a SWMD Sideloader Operator, who is frequently assigned to assist residents dropping off recycling at our weekend Kingwood Recycling Center. The SWMD office has received numerous calls, letters and emails from residents regarding your friendly attitude, professionalism and the outstanding customer service you provide. Thank you for offering a very pleasant and warm environment, and helping our residents to recycle right! We salute you Samson and are so glad to have you apart of our SWMD family.
#SWMDSpotlight
#COHEmployeeNews

🐰EASTER TIP:Plastic colorful grass is NOT RECYCLABLE and should be reused or thrown in the trash.Instead of artificial g...
03/30/2021

🐰EASTER TIP:
Plastic colorful grass is NOT RECYCLABLE and should be reused or thrown in the trash.
Instead of artificial grass, try yarn or ribbon. Yarn and ribbon can be repurposed.

🐰EASTER TIP:
Plastic colorful grass is NOT RECYCLABLE and should be reused or thrown in the trash.
Instead of artificial grass, try yarn or ribbon. Yarn and ribbon can be repurposed.

Now Hiring CDL Drivers & Mechanics. POSITIONS AVAILABLE:Sideloader**Senior Refuse Truck Driver**Senior Sideloader****CDL...
03/20/2021

Now Hiring CDL Drivers & Mechanics.
POSITIONS AVAILABLE:
Sideloader**
Senior Refuse Truck Driver**
Senior Sideloader**
**CDL license required for driver positions with at least 6 months of driving experience.
Visit our website for more information.
http://www.houstontx.gov/solidwastecareers/

Now Hiring CDL Drivers & Mechanics.
POSITIONS AVAILABLE:
Sideloader**
Senior Refuse Truck Driver**
Senior Sideloader**
**CDL license required for driver positions with at least 6 months of driving experience.
Visit our website for more information.
http://www.houstontx.gov/solidwastecareers/

Shredded paper is too small to sort-the pieces fall through the cracks of the sorting machines, stick to the belts and e...
03/19/2021

Shredded paper is too small to sort-the pieces fall through the cracks of the sorting machines, stick to the belts and end up all over the floor. Dispose of shredded paper in the trash bin or compost in a backyard compost pile. https://bit.ly/3d0kJAQ

Shredded paper is too small to sort-the pieces fall through the cracks of the sorting machines, stick to the belts and end up all over the floor. Dispose of shredded paper in the trash bin or compost in a backyard compost pile. https://bit.ly/3d0kJAQ

KNOW Your NOs!🔋 A battery is a device that stores chemical energy and converts it to electrical energy with connections ...
03/18/2021

KNOW Your NOs!
🔋 A battery is a device that stores chemical energy and converts it to electrical energy with connections for powering electrical devices such as flashlights, mobile phones and blenders.

The corrosive nature of a battery’s components makes rechargeable and lithium-ion batteries a hazardous item for recycling and trash programs. When compacted batteries can cause dangerous fires.

Keep rechargeable and lithium-ion batteries out of your curbside containers and dispose of them at your nearest Environmental Service Center. https://bit.ly/3d0kJAQ

KNOW Your NOs!
🔋 A battery is a device that stores chemical energy and converts it to electrical energy with connections for powering electrical devices such as flashlights, mobile phones and blenders.

The corrosive nature of a battery’s components makes rechargeable and lithium-ion batteries a hazardous item for recycling and trash programs. When compacted batteries can cause dangerous fires.

Keep rechargeable and lithium-ion batteries out of your curbside containers and dispose of them at your nearest Environmental Service Center. https://bit.ly/3d0kJAQ

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