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Recycling Service

In Kempwood, recycling opportunities come practically to your doorstep with city programs for household recyclables, yard waste, and tree limbs.

Automated Pickup

Kempwood has been one of the pioneer neighborhoods in the City of Houston's Automated Recycling program since 2010. Service trucks come by every other week on regular trash days. See the Calendar for recycling days.

Place recyclable items in the large rolling green bin provided for your house, and place the bin at the curb.

Acceptable items for recycling include:

  • Plastics - #1-5, and #7 plastics
    (not toys, packing materials, flower pots, plastic bags, or plastic furniture)
  • aluminum and tin cans and empty aerosol cans
  • cardboard (flattened)
  • cartons (milk, soup, drink, crackers), including coated and foil-lined
  • newspapers, magazines, catalogs
  • telephone books
  • envelopes, home and office paper, mail (no dark colors or foil)

Remember to empty, rinse and drain all containers.

#6 plastics (polystyrene, Styrofoam) and glass are not currently accepted for recycling through the city program.

Motor Oil

The City also picks up used motor oil.  Pour the oil into original bottles or into another non-chemical screw-top bottle up to 1 gallon. Place the bottles by your recycling bin. Up to 3 bottles may be put out at a time.

Yard Trimmings

You can do your own composting in your back yard and feed your trees and plants with rich soil with little effort. Otherwise, the city provides a special service for plant waste.

Yard trimmings are collected weekly on regular trash days. Grass clippings, leaves and twigs must be bagged and placed near the garbage container. Yard trimmings mixed with paper, plastic or any other type of waste will not be collected.

Starting in 2010 the city requires compostable bags for yard trimmings. Approved bags are marked with the seal as shown here.

Tree branches may be put in bundles up to 4 feet long and 18" in diameter, weighing not more than 50 pounds. Larger limbs should be put out on tree waste collection days (see below).

Tree Waste

Tree waste collection
Tree Waste is natural wood waste such as tree limbs, branches, and stumps. (Furniture, lumber, and other wood products are considered Junk Waste.) Tree Waste is collected on the 4th Friday once every other month (January, March, May, July, September, and November) alternating with Junk Waste. It is taken to a recycling facility to be rendered into mulch. (Tree Waste can be put out on Junk Waste days, but it will be landfilled instead of recycled.)

Glass Drop-off

Have glass items to recycle? The Brittmoore Recycling Center (1200 Brittmore) accepts glass in addition to items that can go into the green bins. Open 24/7.

Here are additional recycling drop-off locations in the Houston area.

Other recycling ideas

  • Car batteries may be recycled for free at many auto parts suppliers such as AutoZone.
  • Rechargeable batteries are accepted for recycling at RadioShack, Lowe's, Batteries Plus, and other locations.
  • Thin plastic shopping bags may be recycled at H-E-B stores, Lowe's, or other places.
  • Compact fluorescent bulbs may be brought to many stores such as Ikea, Home Depot or Lowe's for recycling.
  • The city offers Christmas tree recycling at several locations seasonally.
  • Remodeling? The city now accepts reusable building materials which are then offered to non-profit organizations.
  • If you're buying a new appliance, most stores will pick up and recycle the old one. You can also check this list which has several places to take old appliances.


En Kempwood, las posibilidades de reciclaje llegan a su puerta con programas de la ciudad de subproductos domésticos, desechos de jardín y ramas de árboles.

Vea el site Departamento de Manejo de Residuos Sólidos.