Updated Trash/Recycling Information

From time to time scheduled pickups change for the city.

Here is latest information as of April 22, 2015 for Houston Trash/Tree/Junk Waste Pickups:

Except for Holidays, Trash pickup occurs in our neighborhood every Monday or Tuesday if Monday falls on a Holiday.

Heavy Trash Pickup of the below types of waste occur first Wednesdays of each month.  Here is how the types of heavy trash are designated for each month:

Remember your ODDS and EVENS

Residents may dispose of their Tree Waste and Junk Waste at their curbside. Tree Waste is collected during ODD numbered months and Junk Waste is collected during EVEN numbered months. This method of collecting large waste comes with the benefits of diverting materials that can be recycled from landfills, saving landfill space and valuable tax dollars.

Tree Waste

“Tree Waste” is defined as “clean” wood waste such as tree limbs, branches, and stumps. Lumber, furniture, and treated wood will NOT be accepted.

Junk Waste may NOT be placed for collection during a Tree Waste month.

Tree Waste months are January, March, May, July, September, and November.

Junk Waste

“Junk Waste” is defined as items such as furniture, appliances, and other bulky material.

Tree Waste is accepted during Junk Waste Months; however, to ensure your Tree Waste is recycled, you may hold your tree waste materials until the next Tree Waste designated month or take it to a Neighborhood Depository/Recycling Center.

Junk Waste months are February, April, June, August, October and December.

If you can’t wait, you can use one of six Neighborhood Depository/Recycling Centers. Visit the Neighborhood Depository/Recycling Center web page here for more information or call 3-1-1.


Residents may place up to 4 tires at the curb for collection during Junk Waste months.  Collection crews will separate the tires from the Junk Waste. It may take up to a week before crews return and retrieve the tires.  Separating the tires from the rest of the Junk Waste  allows the SWMD to properly process tires.

Placement Instructions

  • Tree Waste and Junk Waste should be placed adjacent to the front curb in a location easily accessible to the collection vehicle between the hours of 6:00 p.m. the Friday before and 7:00 a.m. on the scheduled collection day.
  • Tree Waste and Junk Waste should not be stacked under low overhead electrical wires or other cabling, signs, or mailboxes; next to fences or posts; or on top of water meters, gas meters, fire hydrants, or other exposed utility components.
  • Materials should not be placed in the street, on the sidewalk, or other right-of-way, or in any manner which would interfere with pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
  • Tree Waste and Junk Waste collection is limited to occupied residential units and vacant residential lots only if the waste generated is in connection with the maintenance of the property.


  • No more than 8 cubic yards (about the size of a minivan) of Junk Waste or Tree Waste may be placed at the curb for collection.
  • A maximum of four cubic yards of building material (not to include roofing shingles, brick, plaster or concrete) generated by the resident in connection with the maintenance of the residential property may be collected by Solid Waste Management Department crews.
  • Appliances containing refrigerant must have a tag attached to them certifying a qualified technician has removed the refrigerant.
  • The SWMD is not allowed to collect any material that was generated by contractors who were retained by a resident to perform work on his or her residential property. It is the responsibility of the contractor to remove all debris that may arise from the contractor’s activities. These contractor-related activities include, but are not limited to: trimming and removal of trees, remodeling, new construction and roofing.
  • If authorized items placed for collection are mixed with unauthorized items, department personnel shall not be obligated to sort the materials and may refuse the entire load.
  • Solid Waste Management Department collection services are not available to multi-residential structures of more than eight units.


Mandell left out of Houston’s expansion of automated recycling service

Fellow Mandell Place Residents,

The Chronicle published this past Friday the 46 neighborhoods that will be receiving these beautiful 90 gallon recycling bins with automated curbside service to begin in July:











In the meantime, we are stuck with these:

Recycle Bins 0624071A

If you don’t like this, please email swddirector@houstontx.gov.  If we make enough noise, we increase our chances of being included in the next round of neighborhoods that will be chosen in October.

When you email them, it’s important to identify yourself with the following information:

neighborhood name- (Mandell Place), boundaries (Mulberry/Dunlavy/Westheimer/Alabama)  and an approximate number of homes (200).

This is a good way for us to test the waters on how unified we are in how well we can mobilize.  We may just be talking about recycling this time around, but if we can come together on token issues such as this one, mobilizing about future issues of more dire circumstances can become easier.



East Montrose E-Waste Recycling 3rd Saturday Monthly

E-waste can now be recycled closer to East Montrose on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 9am-3pm at the Center Street recycling drop-off site.  Details below.

Center Street Recycling Center (3rd Saturday of the month, 9am-3pm) 3602 Center Street.
(near Washington Ave. and Heights Blvd.)

PCs, servers, keyboards, mice, laptops, game consoles, monitors, small kitchen appliances, memory chips, hubs and routers, printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines,  projectors, rechargeable batteries, cable boxes, car batteries, telephones, cell phones, PDAs, tape drives, hard drives, cords, cables and cameras.



(September 26, 2011- Houston, TX) Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker, District A City Council Member Brenda Stardig, the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) and CompuCycle announced the addition of a permanent electronics recycling drop-off site for Houstonians to recycle their electronics responsibly at the CompuCycle building located at 7700 Kempwood..  The partnership between the City and CompuCycle also provides monthly one -day collection events on Saturdays at three City of Houston recycling centers beginning October 8th.

�A huge amount of electronics are being disposed of improperly,� said Mayor Parker. �Here�s a convenient solution.  I urge Houstonians to help our environment by taking advantage of it.�
Recycling electronics keeps potentially harmful materials, such as mercury, cadmium, lead, and cathode ray tubes out of the waste stream and the environment.  

�We are constantly looking at ways to expand recycling opportunities for the residents of Houston.  We are pleased to partner with CompuCycle in this program,� added SWMD Director Harry Hayes.  �The goals established by Mayor Parker as she chaired the Solid Waste Task Force continue to be met in a smart and business practical manner.  CompuCycle is to be lauded for its responsible community leadership partnering with the City to manage used computer and electronic commodities.�

�Houston residents should rest assured that their computers will be properly handled for recycling or refurbishing,� said Clive Hess, CompuCycle President.  �CompuCycle is the first R2 certified, locally owned company in Houston.  In addition to rigorous audits, the R2 certification requires that all hard drives are either destroyed through the industrial strength hard drive shredder or undergoes a standard three-pass wipe through United States Department of Defense compliant data erasure software that removes all partitions, tables and drive formats,� added Hess.

Items accepted:
PCs, servers, keyboards, mice, laptops, game consoles, monitors, small kitchen appliances, memory chips, hubs and routers, printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines,  projectors, rechargeable batteries, cable boxes, car batteries, telephones, cell phones, PDAs, tape drives, hard drives, cords, cables and cameras.

�I am glad to see that there is a new, permanent location for Houstonians to recycle their electronic devices, located conveniently in District A. Recycling electronics keeps large amounts of waste out of landfills and I am thankful for The Solid Waste Department and CompuCycle�s efforts to make Houston a �greener� city,� said District A City Council Member Brenda Stardig.

Permanent drop-off site:

The permanent location is 7700 Kempwood, Houston TX 77055 in the Spring Branch area.  It is open Monday � Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm.  In addition to electronics recycling, this is now a drop-off for common household recyclables such as paper, plastics, aluminum and glass.

Once a month drop-off sites:

Beginning October 8, 2011, the monthly Saturday electronics recycling events will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the:

�Kingwood Metro Transit Center (1st Saturday of the month) – 3210 W. Lake Houston Parkway
�Ellington/Clear Lake Neighborhood Recycling Center (2nd Saturday of the month), Highway 3 @ Brantley Road
�Center Street Recycling Center (3rd Saturday of the month) 3602 Center Street.
�We appreciate the City of Houston adding this great amenity to our district,� said Council Member Mike Sullivan. �This is a great service to the residents of District E who have always expressed an interest in recycling.�

For more information, visit www.houstonsolidwaste.org or call 3-1-1, the City�s Customer Service Hotline.

The Solid Waste Management Department provides solid waste service 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.