Recycling Guide for Houston

August 4, 2021


Household recycling guide on how to dispose of just about anything, responsibly.

Curbside Services

The City of Houston provides separate curbside service for these items.

  • Tree waste, limbs, branches, trunks, and stumps (please use diamond bullet points)
  • Tires (4 a month)
  • Junk waste, bulky items, old furniture, and appliances
  • Motor oil
Special Handling

These items contain hazardous substances and cannot be placed in any bin. Safe disposal is provided for each.

  • Electronics
  • Oil based paints and stains
  • Batteries
  • Fluorescent bulbs and tubes
  • Household hazardous waste
Compostable Bag

Place these items in a paper yard-waste bag for pickup. Yard waste is turned into Houston mulch and used in parks and gardens to keep moisture in the ground and weeds at bay.

  • Garden trimmings, plants, flowers
  • Grass clippings (try grasscycling instead)
  • Chopsticks
  • Popsicle sticks
Recycling Cart

These items are taken to a recycling facility where they are sorted and then processed into raw materials to make new stuff.

  • Soda, beer cans
  • Steel cans
  • Glass Bottles
  • Glass Jars
  • Cartons (milk, juice)
  • Junk mail, flyers
  • Newspaper
  • Telephone books
  • Magazines
  • Paper bags
  • Cardboard
  • Cereal and cracker boxes
  • Gift boxes
  • Paper towel rolls
  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic bathroom containers
  • Detergent containers
  • Yogurt cups
  • Milk and juice jugs
  • Plastic takeout containers
Garbage Cart

This is the stuff that goes into landfills and remains there for generations. Reduce or re-use these items whenever possible.

  • Plastic bags, wrap
  • Coffee pods
  • Food
  • Styrofoam
  • Packing peanuts
  • Disposable coffee cups
  • Fast food paper cups
  • Opaque plastic cups
  • Oily lunch bags
  • Used pizza boxes
  • VHS tapes
  • Napkins, paper towels
  • Chip bags
  • Foiled drink pouches
  • Shredded paper
  • Gift wrap, tissue paper
  • Light bulbs
  • Hardback books
  • Animal waste
  • Bubble wrap
  • Corks
  • Biodegradable utensils, bags
  • Diapers

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