Solid Waste Management Department

Solid Waste Management Sponsors “Growing Up Recycling” Cart Decorating Contest

City of Houston 


Harry J. Hayes, Director Annise D. Parker, Mayor
For more information, please contact:
City of Houston Solid Waste Management
Irma Reyes 
(832) 393-0475 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 fourteen local high schools, who will decorate the carts in a recycling or environmental theme. These schools include ST. Thomas High School, Marshall Middle School, Woodland Acres Middle School, Jane Long Academy, Lee High School, Black Middle School, Waltrip High School, Grady Middle School, Wheatley High School, Milby High School, Young Women’s College Prep, Hamilton Middle School, Olle Middle School, Energy Institute High School.

The majority of teams participating in the contest belong to their schools’ art clubs; however, environmental clubs and science classes took the challenge as well.

The carts will be displayed and the winner announced at HISD’s “When I Grow Up” Expo, Saturday, April 11th, 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 and prizes 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 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. For more information about the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department and its services, please log on to www.houstonsolidwaste.org; follow us on twitter at houstontrash or like us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/houstonsolidwaste.