COVID-19-related staff shortages delay trash, recycling pickup in The Woodlands

The Woodlands trash and recycling may experience delays in early January. (Courtesy The Woodlands Township)
The Woodlands trash and recycling may experience delays in early January. (Courtesy The Woodlands Township)

The Woodlands trash and recycling may experience delays in early January. (Courtesy The Woodlands Township)

Trash and recycling pickup may be delayed in The Woodlands Township through Jan. 8 due to staff shortages as a result of COVID-19 and could be extended into the next week, according to a township news release.

Waste Management will collect trash and recycling as late as 7 p.m., and some routes will be collected the following day through Jan. 8, according to the release. Residents are asked to leave recycling, trash and yard waste containers at the curb until receiving service.

However, if carts are not serviced within 24 hours of the close of the regular service day, residents are asked to call Waste Management at 800-800-5804.

Hours of operation at The Woodlands Recycling Center, 5402 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, remain the same from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

The service delays may continue during the week of Jan. 10 and beyond, and residents are asked to sign up for alerts at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/notifyme for additional information.



Updated 9:39 a.m. Jan. 7

Editor's note: The image associated with this story was updated from a stock photo of recycling bins to an image from The Woodlands community.

By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.