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.

Batteries

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

Donate them to the Kingwood Library  (it is now closed due to flooding). Most are sold for the benefit of the library at the FOLK store inside the new building. Also consider selling or donating them to Half Price Books in Humble at 9743 FM 1960 Bypass Rd W, south of Deerbrook Mall. (281) 540-3950.

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

Working or not working, please drop them at Alspaugh’s Ace Hardware (2720 W Lake Houston Pkwy) or at the monthly E-Waste pickup at the Kingwood Park n Ride lot.

Compact Fluorescent Light (CFLs) bulbs and Fluorescent tubes

Place any unbroken CFL in a plastic bag and deposit them into one of the collection units at Home Depot or Lowe’s.
Some Lowe’s stores (Atascocita location) also recycle florescent tubes.

Cosmetics

Origins has bins for recycling at their counter inside of Macy’s (Deerbrook Mall) and at other locations.

Electronics

– 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.

Eyeglasses

Bring used eyeglasses to Alspaugh’s (2720 W Lake Houston Pkwy), The Lake Houston YMCA (2420 W. Lake Houston Pkwy )or Walmart stores and Sam’s Club with vision centers. They are sorted, cleaned and refurbished for distribution to needy people throughout the world.

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.

Hangers

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

If usable, please give items away on Freecycle or Kingwood Bookoo (FREE section)

-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.

-The Westpark Consumer recycling Center is open Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and take all BOPA items and more (see website for all items) but not oil based paint and chemical.

-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.

Medical Equipment

Call Medical Bridges (713) 748 – 8131 for donating walkers, crutches, wheelchairs, hospital beds, medications, etc.

Medications

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.

Kiosks are available during regular pharmacy hours and offer one of the best ways to ensure medications are not accidentally used or intentionally misused by someone else.
Closest stores nearby that have a disposal kiosk:
Store Number: 6239
105 WEST RD            
HOUSTON, TX 77037
Open 24hrs: Y
Store Phone Number: (281) 445-1308
Store Number: 7599
7304 LOUETTA RD            
SPRING, TX 77379
Open 24hrs: Y
Store Phone Number: (281) 379-1317
Store Number: 4647
388 UVALDE RD            
HOUSTON, TX 77015
Open 24hrs: Y
Store Phone Number: (713) 455-9944
Accepted Items:
· Prescriptions (Schedule II – V controlled 
and non-controlled substances)
· Over-the-counter medications
Items that are not accepted:
· Illegal drugs
· Needles
· Lotions
· Inhalers
· Aerosol cans
· Thermometers
· Hydrogen peroxide
Motor Oil

You can bring your used oil to be recycled at O’Reilly Auto Parts (3219 W Lake Houston Pkwy ) or Firestone (2166 Northpark Dr.) or Jiffy Lube (1890 Northpark Dr).

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

Some mailing stores in Kingwood will gladly reuse your packaging fillers:
Mail & More (3007 Woodland Hills Dr)
PostNet (4321 Kingwood Dr.)
The UPS Store (4582 Kingwood Dr or 526 Kingwood Dr). UPS also accepts large Styrofoam blocks.

Paper Shredding

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.

Paint

If usable please give on Freecycle or Kingwood Yard Sales (FREE section) or see Household Hazardous Waste.

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

– 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)