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City of Houston Recycling Programs

Curbside Recycling
The curbside program collects paper, cardboard, aluminum and mixed metal cans, plastics #1 - #5 and #7 (marked on the bottom) and motor oil. Residents place items in a green bin (the City provides), at the curb on their day of service (bimonthly).

City Recycle

If your neighborhood wants to be on the Curbside Waiting List, call 3-1-1 to learn the requirements. Neighborhoods are added as resources become available, but those that do not meet a minimum participation amount can lose their recycling service.

Not all items are collected curbside, due to costs, but may be accepted at City Recycling Drop-Off centers.

Yard Trimmings Recycling
Yard trimmings collection is offered to homes with automated garbage pick-up.
  • Place grass, small branches and leaves in bags at your curb on garbage day.
  • Do not put trimmings in the automated garbage can.
  • Yard trimmings mixed with paper, plastic or other waste will NOT be collected.

Neighborhood Drop-Off Centers and Depositories
These centers are throughout the city and are a great alternative for neighborhoods without curbside recycling. In addition to the items collected curbside, the centers also accept:
  • Glass, clear and colored (no ceramics or plate glass).

Westpark Consumer Recycling Center
5900 Westpark
This facility is the flagship of the City of Houston recycling programs. Residents drive through (enter on Westpark and exit on the Southwest Freeway feeder road). Westpark accepts all recyclables named above, plus electronics and
BOPA: Batteries, Oil, Paint (latex), Antifreeze.

Environmental Services Centers
11500 S. Post Oak Boulevard & 5614 Neches Street

The City of Houston has two centers for Household Hazardous Waste (HHW). HHW are products with hazardous components: cleansers, pesticides, herbicides, oil paint, stains, varnishes, polishes and vehicle products.

Do not put HHW down the sink or in the trash. They are harmful to our water and the ground. Bring them to the City of Houston Environmental Service Centers.