Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD)


City of Houston                                                 


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

For Immediate Release                                                             March 19, 2014



For more information, please contact:

Sandra Jackson

(713) 837-9164 office 




City of Houston Hosts Mobile B.O.P.A. and Electronic Recycling Collection Event at Ellington Airport on Saturday, March 29, 2014


The City of Houston is holding a Batteries, Oil, Paint (latex only) and Antifreeze (B.O.P.A.) and Electronic Recycling Collection event on March 29, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Ellington Airport Neighborhood Recycling Center, Highway 3 at Brantley Avenue, Houston, Texas 77034. The event is free and open to all City of Houston residents. A valid Texas driverís license or other proof of residency will be required. This is a rain or shine event. Business waste will not be accepted.

In addition to the BOPA, the City will accept electronic scrap such as computers, monitors, keyboards, cell phones, microwaves, VCRs and TVs. Residents may also drop off scrap metal and large appliances. Large appliances include stoves, refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners.

Below is a list of acceptable and non-acceptable items for the March 29th collection event:

    • ACCEPTED ITEMS: residential waste, rechargeable household and automobile batteries, motor oil and filters, LATEX paint, antifreeze, large appliances and scrap metal. Used motor oil will be limited to 15 gallons. All liquids are required to be in sealed, non-leaking containers that are labeled as to contents.


    • ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED: business, medical and agricultural waste; oil-based paints, solvents, flammables, pesticides, herbicides and other similar hazardous materials.

The Ellington Airport Neighborhood Recycling Center site is open year-round and accepts a variety of items. The items accepted are newspapers, magazines, telephone books, catalogs, ad inserts, cardboard, glass bottles and jars, aluminum cans, tin cans, aerosol cans, steel cans and plastics #1-#5 and #7.

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 Houstonís Customer Service Hotline.


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.