City of Baytown Debris Removal

A Message from Waste Management

Residential Guidelines – Separating Garbage from Storm Debris at the Curb


As individuals and families return to the areas affected by Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey to begin the cleanup process, it is important that storm debris remain separate from residential garbage and recycling. FEMA, operating in conjunction with the county, municipalities and contractors will collect storm debris, and Waste Management will collect household garbage and recycling. Separating household waste from storm debris will allow Waste Management employees to collect your household garbage more quickly and safely, helping to prevent spoilage and avoid safety hazards. Below are guidelines to help you separate your household waste from storm debris.



Waste Management has resumed collection in most areas and will continue to collect regular household garbage and recycling that is not contaminated with storm debris. Do not include storm debris, including yard waste, with your regular trash. For the most up to date Service Alerts, visit



Storm debris collection is managed by your city, county or area and will be performed by contractors other than Waste Management, per FEMA. Debris pick-up schedules and requirements will vary by city and unincorporated area. Check city or MUD/HUD news bulletins.


Storm debris includes any of the following, generated as a result of the storm:


Construction and Demolition Debris – building materials, carpet, drywall, furniture, lumber, mattresses, and plumbing


Hazardous Household Waste – cleaning supplies, batteries, lawn chemicals, oils, oil-based products and stains, and pesticides (

Electronics – computers, radios, stereos, televisions, and other devices with a cord (


Appliances and White Goods - refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, heat pumps, stoves, washers, dryers, and water heaters


Vegetation – leaves (do not put in bags), logs, plants, tree branches



Keep storm debris separate from you regular household garbage and recycling. Be sure the debris and waste containers are not blocking mailboxes, power lines, storm drains or fire hydrants.

 Keep roadways and sidewalks as clear as possible.

 Avoid parking your car near debris piles and waste containers.

 Keep children and pets away from debris piles and waste containers, and watch them carefully when heavy equipment is in the area.

 Drive carefully when behind debris-loaded trucks. Materials can fly out causing an accident or a driving hazard. Leave a safe distance between your vehicle and the truck.


For additional storm debris information, please visit We value you as our Waste Management customer and appreciate your cooperation in following these guidelines as we return to normal service operations over the coming weeks.

Printable Flyer including all of the information above.

Harris County Debris Removal



Debris Removal for Harris County Residents


To learn how debris should be separated, click here. Note:  You should not stack or lean debris near or on tree poles, or other structures such as fire hydrants and meters.

Debris should be placed in the public right-of-ways.  If you don’t have a sidewalk, ditch, or utility line in front of your house, place debris no further than 15 feet off the back of the curb or edge of pavement.  Any debris placed from the sidewalk toward your property will not be picked up. 

To find out more about the debris removal process in your individual precinct, contact your precinct directly.


Questions about debris (trash) removal for flooded homes in unincorporated Harris County? 


Harris County Precinct 1, (713) 991-6881

Harris County Precinct 2, (713) 455-8104

Harris County Precinct 3, (281) 463-6300

Harris County Precinct 4, (281) 353-8424

Direct link to this information can be found HERE.

Chambers County Debris Removal


The plan is for the County to begin picking up debris from county right-of-ways (ROW) this Thursday, September 7th.

Debris Clearance:

Remove all of the furniture, bedding and flooded appliances and bring them to the roadside in front of your home. Separate your debris into 6 piles: 
1. Carpet, sheetrock, mattresses, & wood/plastic furniture in one pile; 

2. appliances, metal frames, & metal furniture in its own pile;

3. tree parts and yard waste in its own pile;

4. trash and garbage, spoiled food in bags and in its own pile;

5. Electronics: tv’s, computers, printers, etc. in its own pile;

6. Household hazardous wastes: oil, gasoline, paint, pesticides, cleaning liquids, etc. in its pile

Chambers County plans to begin debris pickup on Thursday, September 7. If items are not segregated, the debris contractor will not pick up the materials during that first pass. If you sort the materials into the piles described, they will pick it up on subsequent passes at later times.

If you want your debris picked up quickly, then make sure you segregate your piles of debris as described.

The Chambers County dump sites are open daily from 9am - 6pm. and will accept all debris but household hazardous wastes.

PLEASE NOTE: If you live on a TXDOT ROW, then TXDOT has to pick up your debris. TXDOT has assured us they will do this. We just need you to be aware if you live on a TXDOT ROW such as FM565, 3180, 2354, 563, 61, 124, etc., that those are TXDOT ROWs.

The debris sorting guidance is fairly standard no matter where you are. The City of Mont Belvieu is picking up debris in their city, and the City of Baytown will be picking up starting Wednesday.

Direct Link to this information can be found HERE

Rumor Control:  There are signs on debris asking for it to not be collected because they are waiting on FEMA.... This is not true.


From FEMA website:

“There are reports that disaster survivors should not remove flood-damaged sheetrock, flooring, carpet, etc. until the house is assessed by FEMA or insurance adjusters. This is FALSE. (September 1) 


Cleaning up and making temporary repairs to your storm-damaged property will not disqualify you from federal disaster assistance.

Property owners are encouraged to document storm damage to their properties – either with photographs or video – and to then begin cleaning up and making whatever temporary repairs are necessary to make their homes safe and habitable again.

Put your health and safety first, take pictures of your damaged home, make repairs to prevent further damage to your property, and keep your receipts to show the inspector.”  CLICK HERE for more information.