Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD)

City of Houston                                                 


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

For Immediate Release                                                             February 6, 2013



For more information, please contact:

Sandra Jackson     (713) 837-9164  office            E.B. Brooks (713) 837-9242 office







The City of Houston’s Solid Waste Management and Human Resources Departments have joined forces to host a unique art competition and exhibit consisting of decorating green, 96-gallon recycling carts with recycled materials and art supplies.  The “Growing Up Recycling” contest challenge was accepted by twelve local high schools, who will decorate the carts in a recycling or environmental theme.  These schools include Chavez, James Madison, Jones, Klein Forest, Long Hilz Middle School/High School, the Monarch School, Sam Houston, St. Thomas, Waltrip and Yates.   



The majority of teams participating in the contest belong to their schools’ art clubs; however, environmental clubs, science classes, and one fashion design club are taking the challenge as well.



The carts will be displayed and the winner announced at HISD’s “When I Grow Up” Expo, Saturday, February 23rd, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, 4400 W. 18th St, 77092.  This career fair and expo is free, open to the public and geared towards students interested in learning about the many interesting careers in both the public and private sectors.  



Our partnerships are a natural fit for this contest; the City of Houston Human Resources Department sponsors

the “Grow Your Own Workforce” initiative and the carts were generously donated by Toter, a leading manufacturer of trash cans and recycling bins. 



After the Expo, the carts will be featured in an exhibit in the lobby of 611 Walker this spring, the Sustainable Living Fest in March, as well as the Earth Day Houston Celebration at Discovery Green in April.



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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