Heavy trash maps cause confusion
While the City of Houston’s new heavy trash pickup schedule, implemented this past November, was intended to simplify things, it has had the converse effect of confusing many South Belt residents, as the community is no longer divided by Beltway 8 as it was before. Most South Belt residents live in Zone 9 (pictured above in green) and now have their pickup dates on the second Thursday of the month. Residents living north of Fuqua and west of the Gulf Freeway (shown above in blue Zone 10) now have their dates on the second Friday of the month, and residents living north of Beltway 8 and east of the Gulf Freeway (pictured above in lavender Zone 7) now have their dates on the second Tuesday of the month. Tree waste and junk waste collection still take place in alternating months.
Whom Do I Call; City, County or . . . ?
Because of the intertwined city and county areas of South Belt, there is confusion on whom to call for water service, trash pickup, etc.
Texas Department of Human Resources
The building at 10060 Fuqua houses the state Department of Human Services and the Commission for the Blind. The DHS uses more than 80 percent of the 22,000-square-foot building for its services, which include food stamps, Medicaid and AFDC. Both agencies needed larger facilities.
Water & Sewer, Trash Collection
Water - City of Houston serves incorporated areas.
Unincorporated areas are served by the utility districts of Clear Brook City, Sagemeadow (includes Kirkwood South), and Kirkmont municipal.
- Automated trash collection–Thursday in Sagemont, Sagemont Park, Kirkwood, Sycamore Valley, Rainbow Valley, Scarsdale
- Automated trash collection–collection Monday in Beverly Hills, Eastridge Terrace, Kingsplace, Gulf Palms.
- Heavy Trash
The City of Houston alternates monthly heavy trash pickups of "junk waste" and "tree waste."
Junk waste is defined as items such as furniture, appliances and other bulky material. Junk waste may not be placed for collection during a tree waste month.
Tree waste is defined as clean wood waste such as tree limbs, branches and stumps (lumber, furniture, and treated wood will not be accepted).
This new method of collecting large waste comes with the benefits of diverting materials that can be recycled from landfills, saving landfill space and tax dollars.
Tree waste months are January, March, May, July, September, and November. Junk waste months are February, April, June, August, October and December.
Unlike with junk waste, tree waste is accepted during junk-waste months. However, to ensure that tree waste is recycled, residents should hold tree waste materials until the next tree-waste-designated month or bring it to a neighborhood depository.
All heavy trash should be placed adjacent to the front curb in a location easily accessible to the collection vehicle between the hours of 6 p.m. the Friday before and 7 a.m. on the scheduled collection day.
Materials should not be placed in the street, on the sidewalk, or other right-of-way, or in any manner which would interfere with pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
Pickup dates for most South Belt residents are either the third or fourth Thursday of each month. The pickup date for most residents living north of Beltway 8 is the third Thursday of every month. The pickup date for most residents living south of Beltway 8 is the fourth Thursday of every month. To verify pickup dates, residents should call 3-1-1 or visit the city of Houston web site.
Not in the city of Houston
Unincorporated subdivisions of the South Belt are those not annexed by the City of Houston.
Sageglen, Wood Meadow, Highland Meadow, Meadows of Clear Creek, Estates of Green Tee, Riverstone Ranch, Clear Brook Landing, Clear Brook Meadows, College Place, Ashley Point and Blackhawk receive water, sewer service and trash collection through Clear Brook City M.U.D. Trash pickup (includes heavy) each Mon. & Thurs. (Waste Corporation of Texas)
Sagemeadow receives water and sewer service through Sagemeadow Utility District. Trash pickup is billed through Sagemeadow M.U.D. Pick up is each Mon. & Thurs. with Waste Corporation of Texas.
Kirkwood South receives water and sewer service through Sagemeadow Utility District. Trash pickup is billed through Sagemeadow M.U.D. Trash pickup is Tues. and Fri. with Waste Corporation of Texas.
Kirkmont receives water and sewer service through Kirkmont M.U.D. Trash pickup is Tues. and Fri. with Waste Corporation of Texas.
Recycling hot line 713-837-9130