The city of Houston's Solid Waste Management Department is reinvigorating its recycling efforts by expanding the All-Plastics program to all six Neighborhood Depository drop-off centers.

What you need to know

The All-Plastics acceptance program, according to a news release April 16, was implemented to help divert plastic waste from landfills and increase plastic recycling rates.

Residents are asked to bag all plastic items and bring them to one of the following six locations:
  • North, 9003 N. Main St., Houston
  • Northeast, 5565 Kirkpatrick Blvd., Houston
  • Northwest, 14400 Sommermeyer St., Houston
  • South, 5100 Sunbeam St., Houston
  • Southeast, 2240 Central St., Houston
  • Southwest, 10785 Southwest Freeway, Houston
Neighborhood Depository hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Acceptable materials include all numbered plastics, such as milk jugs, detergent and shampoo bottles, as well as nonnumbered plastics, such as straws, takeout containers, dry cleaner bags, bubble wrap and foam trays.

A full list of acceptable materials is available on the Houston Solid Waste Management website.

Did you know?

According to the news release, since the All-Plastics program started in December 2022 at the Kingwood Recycling Center, the program has collected approximately 400,000 pounds of plastic waste.

Quote of note

"One of the Solid Waste Management Department’s key goals is to be innovative in our approach to diverting waste from landfills," said Mark Wilfalk, director of the Solid Waste Management Department. "With the expansion of the All-Plastics program, SWMD is continuing our mission to expand opportunities for Houston Residents to increase recycling efforts, including traditionally hard-to-recycle plastics."

The city of Houston partnered with Cyclyx, ExxonMobil and LyondellBasell to implement the All-Plastics acceptance program.