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Kashmere Gardens      Houston Botanic Garden      Historic Heights

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Solid Waste Management Department

Why Compost?

  • The Climate Action Plan’s waste management goals include “strengthening and supporting efforts to collect and compost food organics.”
  • According to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, in the United States, food is the single largest category of material placed in municipal landfills, where it emits methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Municipal solid waste landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the United States, accounting for approximately 14.1 percent of these emissions in 2017.
  • The methane emissions from municipal landfills in 2019 were approximately equivalent to the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from more than 21.6 million passenger vehicles driven for one year or the CO2 emissions from nearly 12 million homes’ energy use for one year.
  • Houston residents, businesses and institutions generate approximately 6.2 million tons of municipal solid waste per year.
  • Beyond reducing waste, using compost enhances rainfall penetration, which reduces water runoff and soil erosion. This in turn reduces sediment, nutrients, and pesticide losses to streams by 75-95 percent. Compost also improves the soil and enhances beneficial microbes that help reduce plant diseases and pests, per the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Composting Drop-Off Pilot Program

FREE Compost Collection Events:

The City of Houston is offering a six-week composting pilot program. Residents may participate by collecting food scraps throughout the week in any container or bag of their choosing (pro tip: keeping a bag in your freezer is an easy way to collect without the smell). On Wednesdays at the Heights Historic Fire Station or Saturdays at Kashmere Multi-Service Center and the Houston Botanic Garden, you may drop off organic waste by driving up to the parking lot of locations below, where Zero Waste Houston or Moonshot Composting will retrieve the scraps. As part of this educational pilot program, we are asking residents to complete a composting survey. You can stay in your vehicle! Additionally, in partnership with Trees for Houston, the city will be hosting a tree-giveaway on the first day of the pilot program (Wednesday, October 20th and Saturday, October 23rd). So, if you would like to help us make Houston a greener city- come by, drop off your collection, and grab one of our gorgeous giveaway trees!


  1. Kashmere Gardens Multi-Service Center - 4802 Lockwood Dr, Houston, TX 77026
    • Begins Saturday, October 23rd
    • Ends Saturday, November 27th
    • 6 Saturdays, 9AM-11AM
  2. The Historic Heights Fire Station - 107 W 12th St, Houston, TX 77008
    • Begins Wednesday, October 20th
    • Ends Wednesday, November 24th
    • 6 Wednesdays, 5PM-7PM


  1. Houston Botanic Garden - 1 Botanic Lane, Houston, TX 77017
    • Begins Saturday, October 23rd
    • Ends Saturday, November 27th
    • 6 Saturdays, 9AM-11AM

What Can I Bring?
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Accepted Items

  • Breads & grains
  • Coffee grounds & filters
  • Tea bags (staple removed)
  • Dairy
  • Egg shells
  • Freezer-burned food
  • Fruits & vegetables
  • Meat & bones
  • Moldy food
  • Nuts & seeds
  • Seafood & shells
  • Compostable utensils
  • Compostable bags
  • Compostable cups
  • Fur, hair, & nail clippings
  • Newspaper
  • Old flowers
  • Paper napkins and towels
  • Vegetarian pet bedding
  • Wood ash

Items Not Accepted

  • Plastic bags
  • Price look-up stickers
  • Single use plastic
  • Metal
  • Aluminum
  • Glass
  • Tie wraps
  • Any non-biodegradable items

Our Composting Partners