Solid Waste Management Department Sponsors 5th Annual “Growing Up Recycling Cart Art Decorating Contest


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 

The City of Houston’s Solid Waste Management joined forces with H.I.S.D.’s When I Grow Up Career Expo to host the 5th Annual “Growing Up Recycling” Cart Decorating Contest. This contest gives students the opportunity to decorate a 96-gallon recycling cart using recycled materials and art supplies of their choosing. We have a total of five local schools that have signed up to participate and decorate their carts in a recycling or environmental theme this year. The participating schools include Hamilton Middle School, Energy Institute High School, Milby High School, Stephen F. Austin High School and Young women’s College Prep Academy.

The carts will be displayed and the winner were announced at H.I.S.D.’s “When I Grow Up” Career Fair and Expo held on Saturday, April 22, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the H.I.S.D. Headquarters located at 4400 W. 18th St, 77092. This career fair and expo is free and open to the public and is geared towards educating students about the many careers that are offered in both the public and private sectors.

> View photo gallery of “Growing Up Recycling” event.

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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.