Solid Waste Management Department

The City of Houston is the 4th largest city in the United States and is one that is diverse in so many aspects: people, culture, housing and the weather to name a few and growing.

The City of Houston's Solid Waste Management Department is responsible for solid waste services to approximately 423,000 households. Houston’s solid waste operation is the 4th largest municipal solid waste operation in the nation and the largest in the southern United States.

Houston continues to experience tremendous growth in terms of population and this trend is expected to continue through 2040. Population growth creates more and more demand for key city services such as garbage pick-up and recycling. Continued growth in both the number of residents and businesses is anticipated to stretch the resources that the City has to manage these services.

Learn more about the Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD)