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Houston steps up cleanup in effort to combat Zika Virus

HOUSTON – Houston steps up its efforts to reduce mosquito breeding grounds and combat the Zika virus.

Begining Saturday The city of Houston Solid Waste Management will begin a citywide cleanup of illegal dump sites and trash pickups.
Crews will be out on saturday's for the special collection sweeps.

The special collection sweeps are scheduled for each Saturdays and will begin in City Council District D. Normal junk waste collection will be picked up a regularly scheduled.

“Now, before mosquitoes have the opportunity to start breeding, is the time to be vigilant about protecting our city,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a release.  “Please help us by taking steps to reduce potential breeding sites near your home.”

Residents can help by doing the following:
• Eliminate all standing water from their property
• Remove all trash because mosquitoes can breed in areas as small as a water bottle
• Make sure to empty water from discarded tires and separate them from the rest of your junk waste pile at the curb to allow the SWMD employees to properly sort the materials
• Report illegal dumping sites by calling 3-1-1
• Utilize one of the six Neighborhood Depository/Recycling Centers listed below to dispose of heavy trash if you miss the collection date in your neighborhood:

Northeast                     5565 Kirkpatrick
Northwest                    14400 Sommermeyer
North                           9003 North Main
Southeast                     2240 Central Street
South                           5100 Sunbeam
Southwest                    10785 Southwest Freeway