Solid Waste Management Department

Storm Debris Collection to Begin in Hardest Hit Areas Tomorrow

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 


Beginning Saturday, May 30, 2015 the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department will begin storm debris collection in the hardest hit areas of the City. The City asks residents to help by separating everything into the following six categories.

  • Normal Household Trash - Normal household trash and bagged debris of any kind will not be picked up with debris as part of this program. You should continue to follow your normal garbage schedule.
  • Vegetative Debris – leaves (do not put in bags), logs, plants, tree branches.
  • Construction & Demolition Debris – building materials, carpet, drywall, furniture, lumber, mattresses, and plumbing.
  • Appliances & White Goods – air conditioners, dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers and water heaters.
  • Electronics – computers, radios, stereos, televisions, other devices with a cord.
  • Household Hazardous Waste – cleaning supplies, batteries, lawn chemical, oils, oil-based paints, stains and pesticides.

Residents should place debris in the segregated piles as detailed above, but not near other objects like fire hydrants and mailboxes or under power lines.

Garbage, Yard Waste and Curbside Recycling Services that were temporarily impacted due to the flooding will return to their normal collection schedules starting Monday.

  • Monday and Tuesday garbage that was not collected will occur on their regularly scheduled days next week, beginning June 1.
  • Missed yard waste will be collected on its regularly scheduled day next week, beginning June 1.
  • Missed recycling will be picked up on its next scheduled recycling collection date.

For more information about the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department and its services, residents may check online at www.houstonsolidwaste.org, like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/houstonsolidwaste, follow us on twitter @houstontrash or call 3-1-1, the City of Houston’s 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.