Residents warned not to dump Harvey debris in unauthorized dumpsites

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About 126,000 homes around Houston have piles of debris at the end of their driveways after Harvey.

Harris County strongly urges residents to avoid creating debris stockpile sites in their neighborhoods (i.e. parking lots, medians, community centers, etc.)

Residents are reminded to separate debris into piles.
  • Regular garbage: food, packaging, paper, which can go in regular trash bins and garbage bags

  • Building materials and furniture: drywall, carpeting and mattresses

  • Hazardous waste: batteries, paint and cleaning supplies

  • Big appliances: refrigerators, washers and dryers

  • Yard waste: leaves and branches

  • Electronics: computers and televisions

Debris should be placed curbside, without blocking the roadway or storm drains. Do not park vehicles on the street next to your debris piles.

Normal household trash will NOT be picked up with disaster debris. You should continue to follow your normal garbage removal schedule.

For additional information about debris separation, debris removal, and residential damage assessments please call the Harris County Residential Debris and Damage Assessment Hotline at 713-274-3880 or email

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