Your Idylwood Board has just learned that the City of Houston Solid Waste Management District has “red-tagged” Idylwood for some serious violations of their rules. Their primary complaint is that construction debris and oversized items are being placed not only in residents’ own trash receptacles, but that residents are “borrowing” other people’s trash bins and putting their overflow and construction debris there. THIS HAS TO STOP NOW as it will impact our ability to get prompt and complete service from the City of Houston Solid Waste Management in the future.
If any Idylwood resident has questions or concerns about this issue, we invite you to attend the May 17 General Membership Meeting, where a representative from the City’s Solid Waste Management Department will be available to give us information, address concerns and field questions.
Download the City of Houston’s pamphlet at http://www.houstontx.gov/solidwaste/trashfacts.pdf.
In a nutshell, here’s what you must understand, remember, and practice regarding proper trash pickup:
- Household garbage must be put inside the city-provided container which should be placed at the curb between 6 p.m. the day before and 7 a.m. on the
scheduled collection day.
- The container must be accessible to the automated collection truck and not blocked by obstacles, including parked cars. Drivers
will not move improperly placed containers.
- Containers must be removed from the curbline and/or public view by 10:00 p.m. on the day of collection and stored in a secure location.
- The garbage container is for disposing of regular household garbage only.
- Certain items should not be disposed of in your garbage container either because they are too heavy for SWMD equipment or because they may harm employees, property, neighbors, pets, and the environment.
- Therefore, do not put any of these items in the container:
- household chemicals,
- construction, demolition, and remodeling debris,
- dead animals,
- computer equipment,
- recyclables or
- yard trimmings