Local Recycling Guide
Don’t know how or where to recycle things? Use our handy guide below. Just select the item you want to recycle from the list.
Where do I recycle that?
Many items can’t go in our regular curbside recycling, or even the weekend City recycling bins. But fear not, that doesn’t mean you don’t have other options! Select from the item list below to see how and/or where to best recycle them locally. Note: some locations and services may have changed due to Hurricane Harvey.
Appliances and Scrap Metal
Pete Hess, at 832-377-JUNK will come to your home or place of business for a small fee to pick up recyclable metal objects; large appliances (including freezers and microwaves), commercial vehicle batteries, alarm systems, car parts, boats, golf carts, fork-lifts, motorcycles, etc. See details on www.junkybusiness.com
Of course you can also hang on to your scrap metal until the semi-annual City of Houston B.O.P.A. recycling events here in Kingwood. Junky Business is always there to take your scrap metal and large metal appliances.
Rechargeable batteries can be recycled at many hardware, electronic and department stores (Alspaugh’s, Sears Hardware, Best Buy…).
The only batteries which should be placed in the trash are household, alkaline-type batteries (AA, C, D, etc.). According to the City of Houston, battery manufacturers have removed most of the heavy metals from this type of battery and it is safe to place these in your normal trash.
Books and current magazines
Printer Cartridges (Inkjet and Laser Toner)
Drop them at Best Buy, or at the monthly electronic recycling event in Kingwood Park & Ride.
Cell phones/Smart phones
Compact Fluorescent Light (CFLs) bulbs and Fluorescent tubes
Origins has bins for recycling at their counter inside of Macy’s (Deerbrook Mall) and at other locations.
– Your best option is the Monthly Electronic Recycling collection by Compucycle every Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm at the Park & Ride location on W. Lake Houston Parkway.
– Best Buy stores accept televisions and monitors up to 32”, flat-panel televisions up to 60″, computer CPUs and notebooks, small electronics, VCRs and DVD players, phones, as well as accessories such as keyboards, mice and remotes, etc.
–Goodwill has a special program with Dell called Reconnect. Goodwill accepts any brand of used computer equipment in any condition and anything that can be connected to a computer; monitors, printers, scanners, hard drives, keyboards, mice, speakers, cords & cables, software, Microsoft Xbox, Microsoft Zune, Microsoft-brand Webcams, etc.
Please call or email if you have additional questions.
Garden Pots and Trays
Bring used garden pots and trays to Lowe’s, they will be sterilized and reused. Material not deemed reusable is crushed and sent for recycling.
MW cleaners recycle hangers as well as poly bags. They do this both in their stores as well as through their home pickup and delivery service.
Household Hazardous Waste
-The closest household hazardous waste facility is the North Environmental Service Center (713)837-9137, located at 5614 Neches, Building C. It is open to Houston residents only, every 2nd Thursday of the month from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Material collected: anti-freeze, batteries, fuel, oil, paint, pesticides and other household cleaners. Residential electronic scrap items (monitors, CPUs, televisions, VCRs, etc) will also be accepted.
-If you live outside the City of Houston but in Harris County your alternative is to take your items to the Harris County Collection facility.
-If you live outside of Harris County contact us and we will try to find your closest drop off site.
Call Medical Bridges (713) 748 – 8131 for donating walkers, crutches, wheelchairs, hospital beds, medications, etc.
Walgreens has installed safe medication disposal kiosks in over 600 pharmacies across 45 states including Washington D.C. to provide a safe and convenient way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication at no cost, year-round.
105 WEST RD
HOUSTON, TX 77037
Open 24hrs: Y
Store Phone Number: (281) 445-1308
7304 LOUETTA RD
SPRING, TX 77379
Open 24hrs: Y
Store Phone Number: (281) 379-1317
388 UVALDE RD
HOUSTON, TX 77015
Open 24hrs: Y
Store Phone Number: (713) 455-9944
Of course you can also wait for the semi-annual City of Houston B.O.P.A. recycling event here in Kingwood. The O stands for oil, including motor oil. The City will take it off your hands and disposes it in a responsible manner.
Packaging Peanuts and Bubble Wrap
The Village Learning Center (281-358-6172) has a large shredder and they do secure shredding for a small donation.
No flood damaged documents will be accepted due to potential toxic contamination.
Of course you can also save your paint for the semi-annual City of Houston B.O.P.A. recycling event here in Kingwood. The P stands for paint, meaning non-oil based household paints. The City will take it off your hands and disposes it in a responsible manner. The City will not take oil-based paints. In fact, oil-based household paints are rarely sold any more at the large box retailers.
If you have just dried out paint cans, you can dispose of them in the trash, they are not recyclable.
Plastic Grocery Bags
HEB, Randall’s, Kroger and Walmart have a special recycling bin at the entrance of the store where you can drop your plastic grocery bags.
Never toss them in with your curbside recycling or bring them to the big City recycling bins on the weekends. Small plastic bags just gum up the recycling process unless handled separately.
– Styrofoam chips can be brought to most UPS store. They reuse them for their packaging.
– The closest location that recycles any clean Styrofoam is Houston Foam Plastics located at 2019 Brooks Street, Houston, TX 77026 – (713) 224-3484
– Westpark Consumer Recycling Center accept Styrofoam Blocks and Food Service Items (plastic #6 that is clean; no peanuts; no rubber or foam sheets)