Let’s Talk Trash!
“When is it a tree waste month and when is it a junk waste month?” “Why were my yard trimmings forgotten?” “Is recycling weekly or bi-weekly?” Let’s face it: City of Houston trash schedules can be complicated. But your District J office is here to help wade through the confusion!
Automated trash and yard trimmings are picked up on the same day throughout the City, but by different services. Many of you may notice sometimes that your trash may be picked up, while your yard trimmings remain untouched.
Here are a few tidbits to remember:
- You must have a City-approved compostable bag, which can be found at many local retailers;
- The bags cannot weigh more than 50 pounds;
- They need to be placed at the curb, at least 3 feet away from your regular trash receptacle;
- Do not place yard clippings into the trash can.
Yard trimmings mixed with paper, plastic or any other type of waste will not be collected.
Junk Waste & Tree Waste
If you are able to learn which one is on which month, that’s already half the battle! Just remember:
Odd Months = Trees
Even Months = Junk
(There is a caveat: Although odd months are official “tree waste” months, tree waste is able to be picked up on any month. Just keep it separate from your junk waste if you’re placing both out! Junk waste is only picked up on even months.)
Do you know what day of the month your heavy pickup is? If not, click your zip-code below for a handy map!
Heavy waste cannot be placed out before 6:00pm on the Friday before your scheduled pickup. All private contractors must take trash they produce with them.
Many of you may have seen yard signs around Sharpstown Country Club Terrace 3 that have served as a little reminder when tree or junk waste pickup is coming up. Your District J office has provided those signs, and while a few of them have probably become garage sale ads by now, be expecting more soon!
Your automated container and recycling bin(s) should be at the curb by 7:00 a.m. and removed by 10:00 p.m. on your collection day. Your 96-gallon recycling cart should be placed at least three feet away from other objects including other carts.
Please click on your zip code for a recycling schedule.
As recycling is biweekly, please use this calendar to determine if you are on the “A” schedule or “B” schedule.
And remember, all trash carts should be three feet away from each other when placed at the curb.
Westpark Consumer Recycling Center
One of the many crown jewels of District J is the Westpark Consumer Recycling Center. You can even drop off your used cooking oil there! Please do not forget to use this valuable resource at 5900 Westpark.