Hurricane Harvey debris pickup deadline for recycling

HOUSTON -- As the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department continues its second citywide pass for debris collection, they're asking residents to move their debris curbside.

The department says Harvey debris is not recyclable and should not be placed in green cans.  The city also says curbside recycling will resume on Monday, November 13.

According to the City of Houston service will be as follows :

“B Week” collection will begin the week of Monday, November 13.

“A Week” collection will begin the week of Monday, November 20.

As curbside recycling collection reboots, customers are encouraged to place only the following items in their green recycling carts: paper, cardboard, clean food cartons, plastic containers #1-5 and #7, aluminum cans and bimetal cans.   A detailed list of accepted items can be found on the department’s website. Customers are also reminded that glass is not accepted in the curbside containers, but can be recycled at all city recycling drop-off locations.   The recycling link previously mentioned lists those locations and has them mapped.

The city also gave a few other reminders to remember after its recycling hiatus:

  1. No Hurricane Harvey debris should be in the recycling cart.  While the city recognizes that many customers used their carts to haul demolition material to the curb immediately after Harvey, material of that type is not recyclable and is considered trash.
  2. Recycling should be loose and not bagged in the cart.  Loose material speeds the processing line and ensures that contamination is kept at a minimum.
  3. Glass is not accepted at this time and should be taken to a convenient drop-off site.
  4. Junk Waste and Yard Waste services remain suspended until further notice.  Those crews continue to work on Hurricane Harvey debris removal.
  5. All city drop-off locations continue to work on a seven day schedule until further notice.  The sites include the Neighborhood Depositories, Westpark Recycling Center and the Environmental Service Center.  Remember to check with 3-1-1 or the department’s webpage for operating hours.
  6. The Recycling Collection Schedule is found here.
  7. All Solid Waste Services Collection Day Information can be found at this link.