Solid Waste Management Department


City of Houston 

Carolyn Wright, Interim Director
Solid Waste Management Dept.
Sylvester Turner, Mayor
City of Houston

Solid Waste experiencing high volume of Junk Waste and Tree Waste Residents asked to Follow Collection Schedule to Avoid Delays

Thursday, May 6, 2021: The City of Houston Department of Solid Waste Management experienced higher than anticipated amounts of junk waste placed at the curb last month.

As a result, city crews and contractors are running approximately one week behind schedule. The department is working to bring in additional resources to assist with collections as crews continue to collect junk waste.

The city rotates between junk waste and tree waste collection monthly with April being a junk waste month and May being a tree waste month.

  • Residents are asked to hold additional junk waste until their next scheduled collection in June.
  • Residents are asked to not mix any junk waste in with the tree waste as it affects the ability of tree waste to be recycled.

Junk waste and tree waste are also accepted at the Department’s Neighborhood Depository and Recycling Centers. All Neighborhood Depositories hours of operations are being extended to 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Wednesday – Sunday.


The Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) provides solid waste services 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.

For more information about SWMD and our services, visit us at, “LIKE” us on Facebook at, follow us on Twitter @houstontrash, or call 3-1-1, the City of Houston’s Customer Service Helpline.