Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD)


City of Houston                                                 


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

For Immediate Release                                                             January 15, 2014



For more information, please contact:

Sandra Jackson

(713) 837-9164 office 

Marlene Garcia

(713) 837-9114 office 




Solid Waste Management Department Kicks Off 2nd
Annual “Growing Up Recycling” Cart Decorating Contest


WHO The City of Houston’s Solid Waste Management Department and Human Resources Department have joined forces for the second year in a row in challenging 15 local Houston high schools in decorating green, 96-gallon recycling carts with recycled materials and art supplies in their “Growing Up Recycling” cart decorating contest.
WHAT The theme of the contest is “Growing Up Recycling” and is limited to the first 15 high schools that register.  Carts should be decorated in a recycling or environmental theme.
WHERE The carts will be displayed and the winner announced at HISD’s “When I Grow Up” Expo.  This career fair and expo is free and open to the public.
WHEN Saturday, March 8, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, 4400 W. 18th St, 77092.

The expo is geared towards students learning about the many interesting careers in both the public and private sectors. The recycling contest is geared towards students re-thinking the everyday idea of trash by transforming the carts into unique and creative art with an environmental message.


In 2013, the carts were featured at the Houston Rockets Environmental Awareness Game, the Earth Day Houston Celebration at Discovery Green and the Sustainable Living Fest.   Interested parties should contact Sandra Jackson at or (713) 837-9164.



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The Solid Waste Management Department provides solid waste service 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.