Storm Debris Collection

Remove Vehicles for Storm Debris Collection

The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department is asking residents to remove all parked vehicles from the streets when debris crews are working in your neighborhood.

Debris needs to be placed close to the side of the road away from mailboxes, trees, meters, fire hydrants and other structures. Do not place debris in the roadway.

If heavy trucks are unable to pass safely along the streets, the City will not be able to remove the debris.

Debris Separation

Storm debris will be collected on an ongoing basis until further notice. Please place debris at the curb separated into the following piles:

  • Leaves, logs, plants, tree branches (do not bag).
  • Construction & demolition material – carpet, drywall, furniture, lumber, mattresses
  • Appliances – dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers, 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 pesticide

Neighborhood Depositories

Neighborhood depositories will be open 7-days a week from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. until further notice.

No household garbage, electronics or household hazardous waste is accepted at the neighborhood depository locations. No pets are allowed on the premises.

Customers must provide the following at the Neighborhood Depository Locations*:

  • A current Texas Driver’s license or State Issued I.D.
  • A current utility bill or city property tax receipt.

*  Addresses and names on all presented documents must match and electronic records are NOT accepted. No proof of residency is required for recycling only.

Recycling Collection

Curbside single stream recycling collection will be suspended until further notice. Customers may bring recyclables to neighborhood depository locations or the Westpark Recycling Center located at 5900 Westpark, Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Sept. 4 for Labor Day.

Yard, Junk, And Tree Waste Collection

Yard, junk, and tree waste collections will be suspended until further notice due to the need of extra personnel for debris collection related to disaster recovery.

For more information, visit www.HoustonSolidWaste.org or call 3-1-1.

Removing Debris from Private Property

The City of Houston asked FEMA to approve a process that allows for a federal cost share reimbursement when the City removes residential Hurricane Harvey debris from private rights of way.

By letter dated October 6, 2017, FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer/Disaster Recovery Manager Kevin Hannes approved the City’s request to remove residential private property debris in the City where it is widespread, was generated by Hurricane Harvey within the incident period and the removal of which is in the public interest as it now poses immediate threats to life, property, public health and safety and/or is necessary to ensure the economic recovery of the affected community to the benefit of the community-at-large. FEMA’s conditional approval was limited to the areas that the City listed for FEMA to date.

Ultimately, FEMA’s Public Assistance Debris Task Force Team will determine, after inspection, the areas qualifying for private property debris removal and will make the final determination of eligibility of debris removal at any specific location. However, Mr. Hannes acknowledged that the City could begin removal of debris before FEMA arrives if the City carefully and completely documents the conditions addressed.

Upon the City’s receipt of fully executed right of entry and indemnification agreements signed by each individual property owner, as required by FEMA, City crews can and will begin removing Hurricane Harvey related debris in approved areas.

As a matter of policy and to conform the rules set by the Federal Government, City crews will only remove Harvey-related debris in or immediately adjacent to the eligible private rights of way. Crews will not enter homes, backyards, or outdoor storage areas or buildings. Apartment complexes and commercial properties are also excluded from private property debris removal.

For assistance with debris inside homes or mucking out homes, including moving debris inside homes to the right of way, please refer residents to 3-1-1 or to the Department of Neighborhoods (DON). DON is coordinating volunteer efforts to assist with such needs.

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