City of Houston Begins Trash Roundup to Reduce Mosquito Breeding Grounds, Combat Zika

By | February 18, 2016

sylvester turner headerAs part of Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Zika Virus response plan, the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department has started a comprehensive citywide cleanup of illegal dump sites and collection of heavy trash to help reduce mosquito breeding sites.  The special collection sweeps will occur on Saturdays for the near future.  Normal junk waste collection will proceed per the regular schedule.

Residents can help by doing the following:

Eliminate all standing water from their property

Remove all trash because mosquitoes can breed in areas as small as a water bottle

Make sure to empty water from discarded tires and separate them from the rest of your junk waste pile at the curb to allow the SWMD employees to properly sort the materials

Report illegal dumping sites by calling 3-1-1

Utilize one of the six Neighborhood Depository/Recycling Centers listed below to dispose of heavy trash if you miss the collection date in your neighborhood:

Northeast               5565 Kirkpatrick
Northwest               14400 Sommermeyer
North                      9003 North Main
Southeast               2240 Central Street
South                     5100 Sunbeam
Southwest              10785 Southwest Fwy

For more information about the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department and its services, please visit us at, like us on Facebook, follow us on twitter @houstontrash or call 3-1-1, the City of Houston’s Customer Service Hotline.

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District provided services such as safety patrols by off-duty HPD officers, graffiti abatement, trash pick-up, maintenance of esplanades, among other services outlined in the Districts’ Assessment Plan, that are supplemental to services provided by the City of Houston, had been reduced in Mid-November and ceased completely as of December 11. The District had to cease the services due to unpaid assessments from some of the commercial property owners within the District. Delinquent assessments for 2016 and prior years are being collected for services that were delivered in 2017. The current lawsuit status does not affect the collection of delinquent assessments due for 2016 and prior years for services rendered for calendar year 2017. Please direct questions regarding the cessation of services to Executive Director, Ben Brewer at We are committed to helping our neighborhood remain the safe, vibrant and attractive place to live and do business and would like to hear from you on how we can continue to work together in this effort.