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Yard Waste & Cut Flowers

Yard Waste & Cut Flowers

Yard waste - grass clippings, leaves and small branches, you can also place cut flowers - is collected by the City waste management services and locally turned into compost and mulch. The City of Houston offers a weekly collection of residents' yard waste on the same day as garbage collection or can be dropped off at City of Houston recycling centers or at Living Earth locations in Houston. 


  • Yard waste must be placed in City approved compostable bags to be collected.

The City-approved compostable bags may be purchased at local grocery or hardware stores;

be sure to look for the City of Houston logo on the box.

  • Yard waste mixed with trash, paper, plastic or any other type of waste will not be collected.

  • Work performed by a contractor such as a yard service company must be removed by the contractor. 

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Christmas Tree

Christmas Trees

Always wondered what to do with your Christmas tree when celebrations are over? From December 26th until mid January, the City of Houston offers Christmas tree recycling. You have 2 options. Either place your Christmas tree at the curb on your tree waste day. Or bring your Christmas tree to one of the City of Houston recycling centers or  Living Earth locations around Houston. 

Tree must be free of tinsel, plastic bags, tree stands and water bowls. Like your yard waste, tree will be locally recycled into mulch and compost. 

And don't forget to recycle your Christmas lights! Precious resources can be saved. Houston Zoo has a collection program. Just take your broken or old lights at the zoo main entrance. Most of the metal recyclers also recycle Christmas lights.

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