Recycling Pick Up

The city provides curbside pickup of recycling once a week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The Recycling Route Map (PDF) shows the scheduled days for various routes. For more information, see our Welcome Brochure and Service Guide (PDF)

Holiday Collection Schedule

 Collection times will be adjusted for holidays. See the current Holiday Collection Schedule (PDF).
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Curbside Pick Up & Placement
The city uses Single-Stream Recycling, which means that residents can place all of their recycling into 1 container, including:
  • Aluminum
  • Cardboard
  • Glass
  • Paper
  • Plastics
  • Tin
All recyclable products are to be placed at curbside no sooner than 6 p.m. the day before and no later than 8 a.m. on your regular pickup day. Early placements may be subject to a special collection fee (minimum of $50).

Recycle Bins
Replacement recycle bins may be picked up at the Public Works Administration Office located at 3826 Amherst. A $10 bin fee may be charged depending on the number of bins issued to a home. If you have any questions regarding replacement of bins, please call 713-662-5839.
Acceptable Recyclables
The city currently accepts the following recyclables:
  • All cardboard products, cereal boxes, corrugated boxes, paper towel rolls, egg cartons, milk and juice cartons, aseptic containers (soy, wine, etc.)
  • Aluminum
  • Bimetal
  • Cans, bottles, baking pans, and food trays
  • Cardboard
  • Clear and colored glass
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Mail, envelopes, home/office/school paper, newspapers, magazines, catalogs and telephone books
  • Mixed Paper
  • Plastic bottles, containers, lids and rigid plastic only
  • Plastics #1,2,3,4,5 and 7
  • Tin cans, empty aerosol cans and metal lids
  • Tops included seperately
Unacceptable Recyclables
We do not accept the following:
  • Ceramics
  • China
  • Food soiled cardboard
  • Hazardous waste (paints, tires, oil, batteries, CFLs and insecticides)
  • Light bulbs
  • Mirrors
  • Plastic bags
  • Pyrex
  • Large Scrap Metal (small sections can be disposed of with bulk waste collection)
  • Styrofoam
  • Waxed paper
  • Aluminum foil

Recycling Preparation

To prepare items for recycling:
  • Empty all containers
  • Flatten cardboard
  • Remove styrofoam, peanuts and plastic packaging

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

The city of West University Place does not operate a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility, but residents can choose 1 of 2 options to dispose of HHW. For more information about these options, visit our HHW Disposal page.

Free Shredding Event

The city, in conjunction with Shred It, hosts 2 free shredding events (spring and fall) each year. The event is held on the 1st Saturdays of May and November. The event is available to residents only (proof of residency is required). Visit our Special Events page for more information on this and other events. 

What To Do With It (WTDWI)

 Not sure where and how to dispose or recycle a certain item?  Review our WTDWI list to see if it is on the list of items most frequently asked about.  

Where Can I Recycle

To find locations for various recyclables that are not accepted curbside, please visit the Earth 911 website.