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Solid Waste Management Department Collection Schedule due to Flooding

To address the disaster debris created by Hurricane Harvey, the Solid Waste Management Department will be suspending some of its collection services, specifically, yard waste, recycling and junk waste/tree waste. Department operations are to be focused on the current public health issues confronting the city in the wake of Hurricane Harvey's aftermath. Services for self-serve operations will be expanded to accommodate residents who have already begun property removal. Neighborhood depository services will immediately move to a 7-day schedule until further notice. The department is focusing its efforts on disaster debris efforts to speed Houstonians property damage issues.

The Solid Waste Management Department appreciates our customers' patience as we all recover from the disaster. Normal collection services will resume on the schedule as follows:

Thursday, August 31, 2017 Thursday's Garbage collection will begin with normal schedule.
Friday, September 1, 2017 Friday's Garbage collection will be collected.
Monday, September 4, 2017 No collection in observance of Labor Day
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Monday's Garbage will be collected.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Tuesday's Garbage will be collected
Thursday, September 7, 2017 Normal garbage schedule resumes for all collection days.

Curbside single stream recycling collection will be suspended until further notice. All additional personnel will be assigned to debris collection for disaster recovery.

*Note: All Neighborhood Depository and Recycling Center sites will be on a seven day schedule, 10am - 7pm beginning Thursday August 31, 2017. To continue recycling during this time, residents may bring their recyclables to these sites listed below, or to the Westpark Recycling Center which will maintain its normal 8am - 5pm Monday - Saturday schedule. Facilities will be CLOSED Monday 9/4/17 for Labor Day. Houston residents may utilize these Solid Waste Management neighborhood depositories:

  • North - 9003 N Main 77022
  • Northwest - 14400 Sommermeyer 77041
  • Northeast - 5565 Kirkpatrick 77028
  • Southeast - 2240 Central Street 77017
  • South - 5100 Sunbeam 77033
  • Southwest - 10785 SW Freeway 77074

No household garbage, electronics or household hazardous waste is accepted.

Each user must provide the following as proof of residency:

  • A current Texas Driver's license (a current Texas Department of Public Safety issued I.D. may be substituted) or a Texas License to Carry and
  • A current utility bill or city property tax receipt. Addresses and names on all presented documents must match Texas Driver's License or ID.
    *Electronic records are NOT accepted.
  • RECYCLING ONLY - No proof of residency required.
  • NO PETS allowed on premises.

Yardwaste collection will be suspended until further notice due to the need of extra personnel for debris collection for disaster recovery.

Normally scheduled Junk and Tree Waste collections will be suspended until further notice as all related personnel will be assigned to disaster debris collections.

Disaster Debris from Hurricane Harvey will be collected on an ongoing basis until all material has been collected. Please place your debris at the curb as soon as possible. It is essential the piles be accessible by the collection crews therefore please do not park on the street blocking piles, and make sure the material is clear of tree branches, fire hydrants, utility lines. Please divide debris into the following categories.

  • 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

For more information about the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department and its services, residents may check online at, like us on facebook at, follow us on twitter @houstontrash or call 3-1-1, the City of Houston's Customer Service Hotline.

Contacting FEMA:

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Please click the above image or call 1-800-462-7585 for information regarding FEMA disaster assistance.

How to Donate:

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Please click the above image for information regarding donations. The current drop-off locations for donations are:

World Harvest Outreach Seventh-Day Adventist Church
10800-A Scott Street
Houston 77047
Contact: Pastor Kenneth Goodman (713.364.9763)
Receiving Donations: M-F 9:00am - 6:00pm

Bethel Heavenly Hands Church
12660 Sandpiper Street
Houston, Texas 77035
Contact: Pastor Walter August, Jr. (713.962.6602)
Receiving Donations: M-F 8:00am - 6:00pm

Individuals, companies and organizations that wish to donate monetarily or in-kind can contact the Donations Management hotline at (800) 924-5985 between the hours of 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday to ask questions about making donations.

Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster:

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VOAD an association of organizations that mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters. Please click the above image for information on ways to donate and volunteer.

More Ways to Help:

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METRO Update:

Limited METRO local bus routes will resume Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. We will also have limited METRORail service on the Red Line from Fannin South Station to Downtown Transit Center. Bus shuttles will provide transportation along the line from Downtown Transit Center to Northline Transit Center. Red Line service will be running every 15 minutes. We also are providing limited METROLift service.

Park & Ride will not resume until Tuesday, Sep. 5, and HOV/ HOT lanes and METRORail Green and Purple Line services will remain suspended until further notice.

The following local bus routes will begin service on Thursday morning running every 30 minutes. METRO is bringing on these major ridership routes first which represent about 50-percent of the Authority's ridership.

  • 2 Bellaire
  • 4 Beechnut
  • 8 West Bellfort
  • 20 Canal/ Memorial
  • 25 Richmond
  • 26 Long Point/ Cavalcade
  • 28 OST- Wayside
  • 40 Heights/ Telephone
  • 50 Broadway
  • 52 Hardy- Ley
  • 54 Scott
  • 56 Airline/ Montrose
  • 63 Fondren
  • 65 Bissonnet
  • 80 MLK/ Lockwood
  • 82 Westheimer
  • 85 Antoine/ Washington
  • 99 Ella/ FM 1960
  • 102 Bush IAH
  • 137 Northshore
  • 700 Red Line Shuttle Bus

METROLift service is available for customers in need of medically necessary transportation as well as other life sustaining needs. Due to uncertain road conditions, it is still possible METROLift will not be able to reach certain areas to pick up patrons. Requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Please monitor METRO's Twitter and Facebook pages for more timely updates and information.