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Meyerland residents notice big difference from debris cleanup

HOUSTON – While it might have felt as if it took ages to get your first pass of Hurricane Harvey trash picked up, the city of Houston said it went more quickly than expected.

It took just six weeks instead of a few months. Now, the city of Houston is on its second round of picking up storm-related debris.

Nicole Ellithorpe, who walks her dogs daily through Meyerland, sees the difference.

“It was good,” Ellithorpe said. “A lot of the initial piles have been picked up.”

So here is what you need to know:

- To date, the city has picked up 1.3 million cubic yards of debris.

That amount could fill more than 10,000 buses or 424 Olympic-size swimming pools.

- The city of Houston has started its second round of debris collection.

So put your next round of debris to the curb and call 311 to let them know you have more Harvey trash.

- When will the debris pickup end?  

Solid Waste Management said it expects to be finished with the second pass by December.  Then it will move on to the final pass.

- If you live in Meyerland, this one’s for you.

The Meyerland Community Improvement Association is requesting that people sweep up the "crumbs of the storm."

- How can I help?

According to Solid Waste Management:

”Neighbor Helping Neighbor Campaign is to encourage residents to check on their neighbors and help get all the debris out to the curbs for collection. As you continue to work on your own home, make sure you check on your neighbors as well, especially if they are seniors or disabled. Offer to help them with their house clean out and moving their debris to the curb. You can also help by reporting uncollected storm debris. Your neighborly actions help the City with storm debris removal efforts. If you cannot assist your neighbors yourself, please utilize the resources listed below for assistance:"

-    Call 311 or go to the 311 website to report storm debris www.houstontx.gov/311/ .
-    Go to Houston Recovers and sign up for help https://houstonrecovers.org.
-    Call 2-1-1 https://www.unitedwayhouston.org.
-    Click here for FEMA assistance.

When will recycling start again?

According to Solid Waste Management:

"(On) Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, residential recycle pick up will resume operation as normal. Place GREEN CART at the curb between 6 p.m. the day before and 7 a.m. on the scheduled collection day."

Visit our website for information on schedules and items accepted in your recycling GREEN CART.
-    “B Week” collection will begin the week of Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.
-    “A Week” collection will begin the week of Monday, Nov. 20, 2017.

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