The Solid Waste and Recycling Division and the Recycle and Solid Waste Reduction Board host a variety of special events. Please be aware that while most events are open to the general public, there are a few that are restricted to residents only.
- Holiday String Light Recycling
- Paper Shredding, E-waste and Mattress Collection Event
- Christmas Tree Recycling
- Community Carnivals
- Door Hanger Distribution
- National Drug Take-Back Day
- Scouting Fun Patch
Residents wishing to recycle holiday string lights may do so at the City's bi-annual e-waste collection event that occurs the first Saturday in May and November. You may dispose of holiday string lights during our next e-waste collection event.
If you have any questions, please call Public Works at 713.662.5839 or email Public Works.
Next scheduled event:
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2, 2019
TIME: 9:00 a.m. TO 12:00 p.m.
LOCATION: 3826 MILTON STREET
The City hosts 2 free shredding events (Spring and Fall) each year for West U residents only. The event is held on the 1st Saturdays of May and November.
There is a limit of 5 banker boxes per household and the event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 P.M. No business shredding is allowed.
E-Waste and Mattress Recycling
In conjunction with the shredding event, residents may also bring electronics and mattresses to be recycled.
The event is typically held at our Public Works Facility at 3826 Milton Street Please approach the event from the intersection of College Street and University Boulevard.
This event is open to West University Place residents only. Proof of residency required.
Tree Recycling Dates
The city will be collecting Christmas trees for recycling between December 26, 2018, and January 11, 2019.
How to Recycle Your Tree
Please place your tree, free of any foreign materials or objects (bulbs, lights, stands, etc.), curbside on your regular trash day. These trees will be taken to a local composter and recycled as mulch.
Trees Not Accepted for Recycling
Trees that are flocked or have ornaments, lights, stands, or any other foreign objects will not be accepted for recycling. These trees will be collected with your normal household trash and disposed of in the landfill.
Collection of Trees After Designated Time
Christmas trees will need to comply with standard green waste collection rules, cut to 4-foot lengths or less, no greater than 3 inches in diameter and stacked curbside. These piles will need to be small enough so it will not delay the crews from collecting the normal routes. If the piles are large and require a special pickup a special collection will be assessed (minimum fee is $50).
Same Day Pick Up
Please be aware that we will do our best to collect your Christmas trees on the day they are placed curbside but occasionally due to the volume of trees, your tree may not be picked up the same day.
The Recycling and Solid Waste Reduction Board participates in the community carnivals to help educate and inform residents of recycling and waste reduction opportunities and events. These carnivals are generally held by:
- West University Elementary
- West U Little League
Board Hosted Events
The Board typically hosts a tent at these events, where children can participate in a recycling game and residents can receive the latest information on how to reduce, reuse and recycle.
In an ongoing effort to help recycle, the Board encourages all residents to use the recycling bins at these events.
The Recycling and Solid Waste Reduction Board holds an annual event at the start of each year (generally February) to distribute updated door hangers to every household in West University Place. The door hangers contain information regarding curbside pickup and recycling. Each event is supported by volunteer groups and residents, who help deliver the door hangers to every home.
In conjunction with the National Drug Take-Back Day, this event is normally scheduled twice a year to collect unused prescriptions and expired over-the-counter medication. This event helps to ensure that these controlled substances are properly disposed of and do not harm people, animals or the environment.
For more information, visit the National Take-Back Initiative webpage.
The Recycle and Solid Waste Reduction Board along with Scouting troops in the area have designed a program aimed to educate Scouts of all levels about the importance of recycling.
Scouts must complete a minimum of five (5) requirements to be eligible for the patch. See information document link below for the full list of requirements.
For more information, view the following documents: