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Recycling Services

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

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.

Curbside Automated Pickup

Green bins (photo credit: Houston Chronicle)
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.

Glass and #6 plastics (polystyrene, Styrofoam) are not currently accepted in the green bin.

Curbside Yard Trimmings

Compost in your own 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 (grass clippings, leaves and twigs) are collected weekly on regular trash days. The city requires compostable bags for yard trimmings. Approved bags are marked with the seal as shown here. Place the bags near your trash cans.

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).

Curbside 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.)

Curbside 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.

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

Other recycling ideas

  • Take Glass items to The Brittmoore Recycling Center (1200 Brittmore) along with other items that can go into the green bins. Open 24/7.
  • Household Hazardous Waste such as paint, gasoline, pool chemicals and many more can go to the Harris County facility at 6900 Hahl Rd. Check their web site for collection schedule.
  • Car batteries may be recycled for free at many auto parts suppliers such as AutoZone.
  • Rechargeable batteries can be taken to 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.
  • Art Supplies can be donated for reuse at the Texas Art Asylum. Check their list or call them -- they'll take all kinds of things.
  • 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.