Houston curbside recycling is back: 7 things to know about its return

HOUSTON – Houston residents can finally get back to curbside recycling.

City officials announced Wednesday that residents can place their green bins out on the curb starting Nov. 13.

Curbside recycling had been suspended in the wake of Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.

The service will resume over two weeks:

  • "B Week" collection will begin the week of Monday, Nov. 13
  • "A Week" collection will begin the week of Monday, Nov. 20

Here are 7 things to know about curbside recycling:
1. No Hurricane Harvey Debris should be in the recycling cart, even if residents used their carts to haul demolition material to the curb after Harvey. Material of that type is not recyclable and is considered trash.

2. Recycled items should be loose and not bagged when placed in the car. 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 as crews work on Harvey debris removal.

5. All city drop-off locations continue to work on a seven-day schedule. 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 can be found here.

7. All Solid Waste Services Collection Day Information can be found here. Residents can enter their address to see the schedule.

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