In observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays, there will be no solid waste collection services on Friday, December 25, 2020, or Friday, January 1, 2021. All services are affected: trash, recycling, yard trimmings and bulk pickup. Refer to the chart below for your day of scheduled service.
To report a missed pickup or schedule bulky trash pickup, please contact Waste Management Customer Service at 800-800-5804 or email@example.com.
The Woodlands Recycling Center (5402 Research Forest Dr) will remain open.
- Every Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m.
- Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Recycle Holiday Boxes and Wrappings
If your recycling cart is full, take advantage of special holiday recycling. On the first service day following December 25, 2020 additional cardboard boxes, gift boxes and plain recyclable wrapping paper will be picked up for recycling.
- Break down smaller gift and mailing boxes to consolidate into one box.
- Put extra paper wrappings in a small box.
- Place additional boxes at the curb next to the recycling cart.
The holiday recycling truck is only for additional recyclables.
- DO NOT bag your recyclables. Leave them loose in the box or cart.
- NO plastic bags.
- NO Styrofoam
- NO bubble wrap.
- NO ribbon, decorations or Christmas lights.
- Failure to follow guidelines will result in items being left at the curb.
Cut Christmas Tree Recycling – Unflocked Trees Only
- Remove tree stand, all decorations and lights.
- Place the tree at the curb on your regular service day for collection by the yard trimmings truck.
Flocked Christmas Tree Disposal
- Schedule for bulk pickup by calling Waste Management Customer Service at
- Call at least two working days before your regular service day.
- Flocked Christmas trees must be landfilled.
Extra Trash Bags
- Extra bags of trash can be placed on the curb next to your cart.
- Each bag must be affixed with a pink extra service tag.
- Purchase tags for $1.75 each from The Woodlands Township offices, Kroger (Cochran’s Crossing, Alden Bridge and Sterling Ridge)
- Each bag may weigh no more than 40 pounds.
Quick Tips for a Greener Holiday
Seasons greetings cards and packages fill our homes and warm our hearts during the holidays. Consider these tips for a greener Christmas and reduce the amount of holiday tidings that end up in the landfill.
- Recycle plain wrapping paper and flattened cardboard boxes in your curbside cart. Check out these Recycling Tips for the Online Shopper for help deciphering which items can be recycled and which cannot.
- Give a second life to your clean, gently-used clothing, housewares, toys, furniture and appliances by donating to local charitable organizations. Items should be in good, usable condition. Check out The Woodlands Donation Guide for a list of local organizations accepting donations. Many organizations will pick up your items. If you have an item that is not specified in the guide, call first to assure it is accepted.
- Find new recycling opportunities for items that cannot be recycled in your curbside cart. Items such as used electronics, batteries, Styrofoam, light bulbs, eyeglasses, mattresses and more can all be recycled locally at participating locations. Check out the Recycle More Guide for a complete list of locations and phone numbers.