Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD)


City of Houston                                                 


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

For Immediate Release                                                             December 30, 2013



For more information, please contact:

Sandra Jackson

(713) 837-9164 office 

Event Photos: VIEW






City officials, along with representatives from Reliant Energy and Living Earth, watched as the official city Christmas tree was cut into small pieces and mulched for the 23rd year in a row. The purpose of the event is to encourage residents to recycle their Christmas trees, saving landfill space and disposal costs. 

”Reliant is committed to changing the way people think about and use electricity and is committed to sustainability,” said Scott Burns, Director of Innovation at Reliant, an NRG company. “This event is one of the many unique ways we can try to get people to think differently about how they use natural resources.”


Residents can recycle their trees by dropping them off at one of seventeen (17) free, drop-off, recycling sites located throughout Houston. The program runs from December 27, 2013 to January 8, 2014. All facilities are closed January 1, 2014. In addition to the drop-off locations, residents with City of Houston collection may place their tree curbside on their scheduled Tree Waste day and it will be recycled. Trees that are collected for recycling will be ground into mulch that is available in bulk directly from Living Earth or available in bags as Living Earth Houston Mulch sold at Houston area retailers. 

The trees must have all decorations, ornaments, tinsel, lights and stands removed.  Flocked trees cannot be recycled.  

Trees may be dropped off at the following eighteen (17) locations city-wide.


Wednesday - Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  1. 1. Central Neighborhood Depository – 2240 Central St.
  2. 2. Kirkpatrick Neighborhood Depository – 5565 Kirkpatrick
  3. 3. Sommermeyer Neighborhood Depository – 14400 Sommermeyer
  4. 4. N. Main Neighborhood Depository – 9003 North Main
  5. 5. Southwest Neighborhood Depository – 10785 Southwest Freeway


Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m.

  1. 6. Doss Park (gates close at 5 p.m.) – 2500 Frick Road
  2. 7. Memorial Park, Ball Fields 4 and 5 – 7300 Memorial Drive
  3. 8. T.C. Jester Park – 4200 T.C. Jester West
  4. 9. Kingwood -  Bens View Lane at Bens Branch Drive
  5. 10. Ellington Airport Recycling Drop-off - Hwy 3 & Brantley Rd


Monday – Saturday  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m

  1. 11. Living Earth   – 5625 Crawford
  2. 12. Living Earth   – 1503 Industrial Drive
  3. 13. Living Earth   – 1700 Highway 90A East
  4. 14. Living Earth   – 12202 Cutten Road
  5. 15. Living Earth   – 16138 Highway 6
  6. 16. Living Earth   – 5210 S. Sam Houston Parkway


Monday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m

  1. 17. Westpark Consumer Recycling Center – 5900 Westpark


The Solid Waste Management Department would also like to remind residents to remember their Odds and Evens. SWMD collects Tree Waste only in the ODD numbered months of January, March, May, July, September and November. Tree Waste is clean wood waste such as tree limbs, branches and stumps. 


Junk waste is collected in the EVEN numbered months of February, April, June, August, October and December and is defined as lumber, furniture, appliances with the Freon removed and other bulk items.


Residents are limited to eight cubic yards (two pickup beds full) per monthly collection.





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Junk Waste


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