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City of Houston announces updated trash pickup and recycling schedule after major delays

City of Houston announces updated trash pickup and recycling schedule

Houston recycling bins
Houstonians can expect some relief after weeks of delayed pickup.  Photo courtesy of Richwood Place

UPDATE: The City of Houston now says regular recycling collection returns to its normal schedule on Monday, February 4. Residents can check recycling collection schedules by visiting the city's website.


The posts on Nextdoor and Facebook neighborhood pages repeat a now-familiar chorus: "When is my recycling going to be picked up?" Houstonians are (understandably) exasperated with the overflowing garbage and recycling bins, some of which have not been emptied for weeks.

On its website, the Public Works Department cites the busy holiday season and higher volumes at the curb as the reason for falling behind on some pickups. However, CultureMap news partner Eyewitness News reveals that money and manpower are the key issues. Some collection trucks are in disrepair and the city has yet to replace them. Meanwhile, some workers seem to have left for better jobs.

Responding to the public uproar, the city has announced an updated pickup schedule for the next several days:

Saturday, January 19
Thursday and Friday A-Week curbside recycling pickup.

Monday, January 21
MLK Day: No collection services. All facilities and services closed.

Tuesday, January 22
Monday garbage collected.

Wednesday, January 23
Tuesday garbage collected.

Thursday, January 24
Thursday garbage collected.

Friday, January 25
Friday garbage collected.

Saturday, January 26
Monday and Tuesday B-Week curbside recycling pickup.

Sunday, January 27
Thursday and Friday B-Week curbside recycling pickup.

Wednesday, January 30
Monday and Tuesday A-Week curbside recycling pickup.

Saturday, February 2
Thursday and Friday A-Week curbside recycling pickup.


For more information, visit the Houston Solid Waste website.