Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD)


City of Houston                                                 


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

For Immediate Release                                                             October 22, 2013



For more information, please contact:

Sandra Jackson 
(713) 837-9164 office 




Houston hosts mobile B.O.P.A. & Special Waste Collection event at Kingwood Metro Park & Ride


October 22, 2013 - The City of Houston is holding a Batteries, Oil, Paint (latex only) and Antifreeze (B.O.P.A.) mobile collection event Saturday, October 26, 2013, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Kingwood Metro Park & Ride, 3210 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Houston, Texas 77339. The event is free, open to all City of Houston residents and will be held rain or shine. A valid Texas driverís license or other proof of residency will be required. Business waste will not be accepted.


In addition to B.O.P.A., residents may drop off scrap metal and large appliances. Large appliances include stoves, refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners.


Many common household materials are considered hazardous and need special disposal. When Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is disposed of in the trash, it can contaminate landfills and subsequently our groundwater. This event provides a free and safe alternative for residents to rid their homes of potentially dangerous materials. Below is a list of acceptable and non-acceptable items for the October 26th collection event:


  • ACCEPTED ITEMS: only residential waste, rechargeable household & 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.


Residents may call the City of Houston Environmental Service Center South at 713-551-7355, check online at or call 3-1-1, the City of Houstonís Customer Service Hotline for additional information.


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.