Solid Waste Management Department


City of Houston 

Mark Wilfalk, Director
Solid Waste Management Dept.
Sylvester Turner, Mayor
City of Houston

Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD)
DELAYED Services Clarification

This press release is intended to clarify previous information communicated on October 7, 2022, via social media regarding the status of Solid Waste Services.

The Department of Solid Waste Management has been impacted by the national driver shortage, causing an unusual number of vacancies within the recycling and yard waste collections divisions.

Please note recycling and yard waste services are only DELAYED for the week of October 10th-17th. Crews are safely working to complete these routes as soon as possible.

If you have an immediate need during these delays, please utilize one of the six Neighborhood Depositories to dispose of your yard waste.

Neighborhood Depository/Recycling Center Locations:


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 @houstonsolidwaste, follow us on Twitter @HoustonTrash, download our app HTX Collects on Google Play or IOS Store to Never Miss an Update again!, email: or call 3-1-1, the City of Houston’s Customer Service Helpline.