Where to drop off your holiday recycling

December 25, 2007 3:37:23 PM PST
The city of Houston has several locations for you to drop-off all of your holiday recycling; remember you can take all the packaging and wrapping paper from your holiday gifts to one of the city recycle centers. Christmas trees will receive special handling. Read below for instructions on how to recycle your tree as well as tips for recycling burned out light bulbs, appliances and how to have a greener holiday season.

Items accepted at the Neighborhood Drop-off Sites and Neighborhood Depositories:

  • Newspaper, magazines, office paper
  • Glass food & beverage bottles and jars (No ceramics or plate glass!)
  • Plastic bottles & jugs (marked #1 & #2 only!)
  • Aluminum and tin food cans
  • Cardboard boxes (Must be broken down with packing materials removed.)
The City has eight permanent sites and two alternate weekend sites where residents can bring recyclables:
  • WestparkConsumer Recycling Centerat 5900 Westpark (also includes tires, BOPA, and Scrap Electronics recycling) Open Mondays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • SouthEnvironmental Service Center, at 11500 South Post Oak (For household hazardous waste and scrap electronics recycling only) Open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and the 2nd Saturday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • NorthEnvironmental Service Center; 5614 Neches Building C; Open 2nd Thursday of the month from 9 a.m. 3 p.m.
  • Kirkpatrick Depository at 5565 Kirkpatrick (Tires and oil also)
  • Lawndale Depository at 9200 Lawndale (Tires and oil also)
  • Sunbeam Depository at 5100 Sunbeam (Tires and oil also)
  • 3602 Center (newspaper, magazines, office paper; glass food & beverage bottles and jars; #1 & #2 plastic jugs; tin & aluminum food cans; cardboard boxes-broken down) -- Open 24/7
  • VistaFibers at 1200 Brittmoore
  • 1245 Judiway (Glass only)
  • Ellington Field (Clear Lake Area) at Highway 3 @ Dixie Farm Road -- Open 24/7
For more information, visit the City's Solid Waste disposal web site at: http://www.houstontx.gov/solidwaste/disposal.html

A s many of you know, December is Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) month in Houston. CFLs make perfect stocking stuffers, and are great gifts for a New Year's Resolution. Remember if you have old burned-out bulbs; be sure that you properly dispose of them, as they do contain a very small amount of Mercury. There are several places you can recycle your CFL bulbs:

Westpark Consumer Recycling Center
5900 Westpark
CFLs from businesses will not be accepted.

North Environmental Service Center
5614 Neches Building C
South Environmental Service Center
11500 South Post Oak


7810 Katy Freeway at Antoine 10 am - 9 pm

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