How do you find your City of Houston Trash, Recycle and Heavy Trash Days? Plus City of Houston Official Holidays.

Updated July 2016

Friends – This post was originally published in 2012 because trash days and heavy trash days can be hard to find on the city’s website.  This website is NOT a city website and is meant to help Houstonians.  It is NOT the official resource.

If you are having trouble finding your trash days, leave a kind comment and I can try to help.  If you want the official answer on trash days, call 311.

Wondering where to find your City of Houston Trash, Recycle and Heavy Trash Days? Go HERE and look for your zip code.  For the holiday trash pick up schedule, go HERE.

What is your heavy trash/junk trash, tree waste day?  As for November 2015, Tree Waste is collected during ODD numbered months and Junk Waste is collected during EVEN numbered months.  Tree Waste months are January, March, May, July, September, and November.  Junk Waste months are February, April, June, August, October and December.

The week they are collected during that month depends on your zip code.  This is where the search gets a little tricky.

  1. Go HERE to the “My City Houston Map Viewer”
  2. Accept and use the Application
  3. Select the thumb tack on the right side of the screen
  4. Type in your address and submit
  5. Press “Solid Waste Schedules” button to view the schedule date.  It will say something like “1st Wednesday”… which is the 1st Wednesday during a Junk Waste month.

Did the garbage truck miss your block or your house? Did they leave a huge mess? Call 311 and they can send a truck back to your street.

City of Houston – Rain Barrel/Compost Bin One Day Sale, Food Day Houston and Permanent Electronic Recycling


From the City of Houston: Rain Barrel/Compost Bin One Day Sale, Food Day Houston and Permanent Electronic Recycling

Rain Barrel/Compost Bin One Day Sale

On Saturday, October 22, 2011, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Houstonians can buy rain barrels for $55 (a $120 value) and compost machines for $45 (a $100 value) on a first come, first served basis at Minute Maid Park, Parking Lot “C” corner of Texas and St. Emanuel, Houston 77003. Parking is free.

Rain barrels are used to collect and contain groundwater from rooftops, which can be used for watering gardens and lawns. Rainwater conserves water, improves air quality and saves money. Compost bins are used to store and assist the decomposition of various materials to be used to fertilize garden soil. Composting enriches soil, deters erosion and contaminated soil, prevents pollution and saves money.



Food Day Houston, Wednesday, October 26, 2011, will showcase local healthy, sustainable food initiatives in a fun and educational celebration at the City Hall Farmers Market, just outside of City Hall, 901 Bagby, Houston 77002.

At 11 a.m., Recipe for Success Foundation will host a Local Food Throwdown featuring celebrity chefs from the Recipe for Success Chefs Advisory Board.

At noon, Urban Harvest will host a Lunch-In, a large community lunch. Bring your food to the Reflection Pond to participate or buy your lunch at the Farmers Market from one of the 35 local vendors who participate weekly at the market. The event will take place rain or shine.

At 1 p.m., the City of Houston will host a Food Day Town Hall meeting just below City Hall steps, featuring a panel discussion focused on inspiring ideas and solutions to advance the local food movement.


Permanent Electronic Recycling

The City of Houston’s Solid Waste Management Department and CompuCycle have partnered to provide a permanent electronics recycling drop-off site for Houstonians to recycle their electronics responsibly at the CompuCycle building located at 7700 Kempwood, Houston, 77055. The partnership also provides monthly one-day collection events on Saturdays at three neighborhood City of Houston recycling centers.

Recycling electronics keeps potentially harmful materials, such as mercury, cadmium, lead and cathode ray tubes out of the waste stream and the environment.

Permanent drop-off site:

The permanent location is 7700 Kempwood, Houston 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 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Once a month drop-off sites:

The monthly Saturday electronics recycling will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the:

. Kingwood Metro Transit Center (1st Saturday of the month)

3210 West Lake Houston Parkway, Houston 77339

. Ellington/Clear Lake Neighborhood Recycling Center (2nd Saturday of the month), Highway 3 @ Brantley Road, Houston 77037

. Center Street Recycling Center (3rd Saturday of the month) 3602 Center Street, Houston 77007

Electronic Items accepted:

Personal computers, 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 (personal digital assistants), tape drives, hard drives, cords, cables and cameras.

In addition to electronics recycling, all four locations are drop-off sites for common household recyclables such as paper, plastics, aluminum and glass.


West U Recycling Center

Wondering where to take all of those boxes in the garage? Try the West U Recycling Center.   It is at 4005 Dincans Street, Houston, TX, 77098 (behind the McDonald’s at Kirby and Westpark) and is open 24/7.  You just drive up, hop out and recycle.

I get a lot of Amazon boxes (all shipped to my door for free). They can’t all fit in my recycle bin and it drives me crazy having them in the garage, or worse, the kitchen. I’ve recently discovered the West U Recycling Center and my kids think it’s great fun.  (I think recycling would be a lot faster if they stayed in their car seats, but they sure make recycling more of an adventure!)

The West U Recycling Center takes the same items that you can recycle at home but they take glass (and not all neighborhoods can recycle glass in the bins), you can recycle a lot at once, and you get the junk out of your house without waiting for the bi-weekly pick up.

Go check it out!