3R Recycling Drive-thru

Convenient, free one-day recycling event.

The Woodlands Township’s annual 3R Bazaar is mobilizing this year; it’s been reimagined as the 3R Recycling Drive-thru. Enjoy convenient, free one-day recycling from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle or bicycle on Saturday, November 14, 2020 from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of The Woodlands High School (enter from Millennium Forest Dr).

Although the traditional bazaar element has been removed this year residents are encouraged to celebrate the true spirit of 3R, finding new opportunities to recycle items that cannot be recycled in curbside carts. Refer to the list below for accepted items and guidelines. Free recycling is for residents only, please no businesses. 

The safety of volunteers, staff and residents is the highest priority. All volunteers and staff will wear face coverings. Participants are required to wear a face covering as well, while items are being removed from the car. If you don’t have a mask, we’re happy to provide one. 

This year’s Village Recycling Challenge item is Alkaline AA, AAA, C, D, and 9V batteries. This friendly competition awards funds for scholarships to Villages with the highest participation; funds are donated by The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. Please label your bag/box of batteries with your Village’s name. 

Free One-Day Drive-thru Recycling  

Bag or box items separately by category and place them in your trunk or back passenger side seat for safe access by volunteers. A volunteer will open the trunk, hatchback or rear side passenger door to remove items. Residents only, no businesses  

  • Batteries – Alkaline AA, AAA, C, D, and 9V labeled with village name. 
  • Disposable Razorblades with packaging. See this list for examples. 
  • Eyeglasses, sunglasses and cases  
  • Oral Care Products – Toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and floss containers. 
  • Snack and drink pouches – Any brand with straws and pouch lids. See this list for examples. 
  • Styrofoam block packaging – No food containers or cups. 
  • Textiles – Overly worn clothing, shoes, linens, fabric scraps and other unusable. textiles. Please donate any good, usable items to local charities here. 

Document Shredding  

  • Secure on-site document shredding   
  • Residential only - limited capacity (first come, first served)   
  • Recommended donation of 5 cans of food or $5 per box; benefits Interfaith Food Pantry 

Can’t make it to 3R? That’s ok! The Precinct 3 Recycling Center (1122 Pruitt Road in Spring), Home Depot, Lowes, Batteries Plus, Best Buy, and some Walmart’s accept batteries all year. For a comprehensive list of local recycling opportunities of other oddities such as Styrofoam, electronics, lightbulbs, paints, pharmaceuticals, and more check out the Recycle More Guide.  

Is your group looking for a fundraising opportunity or trying to collect items for a reuse project? Consider joining us at 3R. Check out Terracycle for ideas to earn funds for your organization. 

For event updates and more information, contact The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department at 281-281-3800 or visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/3Rbazaar

Questions or comments? Email enviro@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

Woodlands Landscaping Solutions Online Learning: Day 3

Build a Successful Landscape from Ground Up 

Today’s online programming will help you find easier, more effective and more sustainable ways to enhance your landscape. Learn about plant selection, improving soil health and pest control best practices (many common plant problems, like insects and disease, can be easily resolved once the cause is identified).  

Set-up for Success: The 3 S’s 

 Right Plant Right Place, UMN Extension Part 1  

While set in Minnesota, Extension Educator Julie Weisenhorn gives a great overview of how to choose the perfect plant for that empty spot in your yard or garden – whether it’s for your entryway or anywhere else. Putting the right plant in the right place is the foundation of any successful garden. Learn how to assess soil, sun, space and other factors in this handy how-to video on one of the fundamental aspects of garden design.  

Bottom line: Avoid most plant problems with this one concept (8:44)

Extra credit: The Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center Plant Finder allows you to plug all your requirements into their database to find the perfect match for you from their list of Pineywood natives (which they call the South Central Plains).


Feed the Soil Microbiome 

Building Microbe-Rich Living Compost Part 1 

Making and applying microbe-rich compost is one of the most valuable things you can do for your soil. Understand principles and practices of home-scale composting to insure a rodent-free and biologically active compost pile. A great resource whether you’re just beginning to compost or are experienced and looking to make your compost even better.  

Cultivating Connections: Soil Redemption Song 

Michael Phillips takes you on a deep dive into the microscopic communities beneath our feet and our crops. He talks about the fungal network as a pathway to bringing resilience to gardens and landscapes.  Michael Phillip, who’s latest book, “Mycorrhizal Planet: How Fungi and Plants Work Together to Create Dynamic Soils,” explores the science of symbiotic fungi and sets the stage for practical applications across the landscape. 


Encourage Nature’s Pest Control 

Managing Garden Insects Begins with a Question: Friend or Foe? 

Learning “what is it?” is the first step in determining if an insect is a useful garden partner, a minor player, or potentially a bigger problem. Your garden may have over 1000 different insects! Most are actually harmless or provide beneficial functions like pollination and predation. Learn to recognize and protect nature’s pest control at various stages in their lifecycle, along with pests associated with chewing, discoloration, distortion, and die back.  

Bottom line: Every. Single. Gardener. Needs to know this info! (18:04) 

Farmscaping for Pollinators & Predatory Insects 

Learn about the dynamic interactions between plants, pollinator and predator insects that will help you create a buzz of biodiversity and balance in your niche of the local ecosystem. Discover key plants that add biodiversity and beauty to your garden through a conversation with Pat Battle from Living Web Farms. Watch the first 31 mins for a new approach to farming that works for the home garden too, then follow Pat and his class on a delightful tour through the farmscape.  

Bottom line: Good for gardeners who want to “level-up” on biodiversity (1:24:04) 

Building A Host Environment for Beneficial Insects  

Build it and they will come! Bring it all together with elements you can add to any garden that encourage self-sustaining populations of nature’s natural pest control featuring the story of momma hoverfly, and why its OK to have aphids!

Bonus: If you are considering purchasing and releasing lady beetles, check out Lady Beetles for Aphid Control by Oklahoma Gardening host Kim Toscano. 

Pesticide Safety 

Backyard Farmer – Pesticide Safety 

Sometimes a problem requires a chemical solution – whether its naturally derived like neem or a broad-spectrum pyrethroid. University of Nebraska Extension Pesticide Education Coordinator Larry Schulze gives us tips on active ingredients, reading and following pesticide labels and using these chemicals safely around our homes. 

Bottom line: Important information for all who use pesticides – the label is the law (5:58)

Additional Resources:  

Join us tomorrow for more online programming as we explore How To Attract Wildlife To Your Yard. 

Questions or comments? Email enviro@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov 

Woodlands Landscaping Solutions Online Learning: Day 2

Water Saving Tips for Lawn and Garden 

Today’s online programming focuses on simple ways to reduce water in your lawn and garden.  We begin with checking our irrigations systems for leaks and efficiency. Whether you use sprinklers, drip irrigation or a combination it’s important that plants are receiving the right amount of water, when and where they need it.  

Water You Doing? Water Efficient Sprinklers 

Many homeowners have a sprinkler system, but do you know how to fix a leak, avoid runoff and reduce your water bill?  It may be time for a sprinkler spruce up or a sprinkler upgrade. This video reviews  the latest technology for lawn irrigation to help keep your plants healthy while saving water, money and time.   


DIY Drip Irrigation 

Make every drop count! Whether you have an existing sprinkler system or just an outdoor faucet, learn how to install, convert and maintain a drip irrigation system. Drip irrigation is the most efficient irrigation method for landscape beds and vegetable gardens.  This video shows  how easy “do it yourself” drip irrigation really is! 


Keeping Storm Drains Clean 

Did you know that fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals that you apply to your lawn are likely to wash away into nearby storm drains? Not only is it important to conserve water when caring for your lawn and garden, but to keep in mind how our lawn care practices affects local waterways.  

Check out these videos from Woodlands Water Agency 

Storm Drain Waste

Storm Water Contaminants


For the Kids 

Everyone can help save water! Enjoy watching these videos with the younger members of your household. 

Conserve Water with Aqua 

A short, animated video that follows 8-year old Aqua as she learns about what it means to conserve water. Along with her dog, Sparky, Aqua learns simple ways to reduce water use and shows her family how easy it is to save water and money.  


Changing Our Minds to Save Water 

Want the big picture on water? We can all learn something from Kamal Balaa, a very smart kid with a real grasp on using water wisely.  In this Tedx  video, Kamal shares the  importance of water conservation and the many changes he’s made to save water.  This video will inspire all ages to take action and change the world! 


Additional Resources:  

The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department is offering the following online programs to continue your education on water conservation. 

Saturday, October 3: Healthy Landscapes, Healthy Waterways 

  • Online from 8 a.m. – Noon 
  • Learn best practices on how to save water and protect local waterways when caring for your lawn.  
  • Registration required. Register here.  

Saturday, November 7: Rainscaping for Landscape Irrigation 

  • Online from 9 a.m. – Noon 
  • Make better use of rainwater in your landscape. Learn the many ways to capture or divert rainwater to keep your lawn and gardens irrigated.  
  • Registration required. Register here. 

Join us tomorrow for more online programming as we explore How To Build A Successful Landscape From Ground Up 

Questions or comments? Email enviro@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov 

Woodlands Landscaping Solutions Online Learning: Day 1

Organic Gardening

Welcome to The Woodlands Landscaping Solutions Online Learning. Visit daily for videos that address your lawn and garden needs. If you are looking for easier, more effective and more sustainable ways to enhance your landscape, you’ve come to the right place.  

Today’s online programming focuses on organic gardening. From selecting water saving native plants to building a raised bed and what vegetables to plant, we have something for everyone. 

Grow Native, Not Wild

Maybe you aren’t sure where to begin, or you’ve decided to get rid of some lawn, or you have an idea in mind and need a little help.  

Daniel Cunningham walks you through landscape design basics, including native plant selection, site preparation, installing hardscapes, soil preparation, and best practices for caring for your garden.   


Landscape CPR

Ready to breathe new life into your landscape? Learn how to address poor soil conditions, bare spots on the lawn, an area where nothing will grow, weed, insect and disease infestations, and slow draining water. 

These are symptoms of a bigger issue and Dr. Bowling will help diagnose common landscape issues and prescribe tips on how to revive your landscape.   


Constructing a Raised Bed

Raised beds are perfect for a variety of plants, vegetables, flowers and herbs. Avoid poor soil, pipes underground, and reduce your need to weed.   

Daniel Cunningham provides simple guidelines for success. He reviews planning before building, what materials to use, soil selection, and how to find the right plants for your new garden. 


Grow Your Own Vegetables

42 million US Households are growing their own vegetables, reducing their grocery bill, enhancing nutrition and flavor, and reducing food waste. Learn how to get started in this beginner friendly video that covers location, size, soil preparation, and vegetable selection.


Fall Vegetable Gardening

Not sure what to plant this fall? If you haven’t already got your veggies in the ground, it’s not too late! If you dream of picking your own vegetables and enjoying a fresh salad grown right at home, be sure to watch this three-part video. 

Dr. Bob Randall, noted Houston vegetable gardening expert and published gardening author, shares his vegetable gardening expertise in this three-part Zoom webinar. Dr. Randall focuses on what you need to know about selecting the right garden site, how to prepare your soil and his top organic gardening techniques.  

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Additional Resources

Join us tomorrow for more online programming as we explore Water Saving Tips for Lawns and Gardens 

Questions or comments? Email enviro@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

See you Saturday

You don’t want to miss this event. Native plants, bags of compost, water saving devices, bird feeders and more will be given away this Saturday to the first 300 vehicles. ALL FOR FREE! 

Come out to the Sterling Ridge Park and Ride (8001 McBeth Way) from 9 a.m. to noon for the Woodlands Landscaping Solutions Drive-Through.  No need to get out of the car. Volunteers will place the free giveaways into the trunk or back storage space of your vehicle. Don’t forget to make plenty of room to collect them all! 

Want to make your lawn and garden beautiful but not sure where to begin? Resources for gardeners of all levels are available at this event in addition to free garden supplies. Interested in installing a rain barrel or improving your turf grass? Want to attract more birds to your yard or save time, money and water in the garden? You’ll get all the information you need to tackle those weekend projects. 

Giveaways include:  

  • Bags of Leaf Mold Compost 
  • Water Saving Devices 
  • Native Plants 
  • Wildlife Feeders 
  • Vegetable Seeds 
  • Children’s Activity 
  • Wildflower Seeds 
  • And More 

The fun and learning continues the following week (September 28 – October 2), too. Each day we deliver you more resources and how-to’s. That’s right, we have hand selected videos from experts on gardening, natural pest control, water conservation, lawn care, attracting pollinators, edible landscaping and much more – all accessible from the comfort of your home. Check in daily here for Woodlands Landscaping Solutions Online Learning. 

One last thing, there‘s still time to purchase a compost bin or rain barrel to pick up this weekend. 

High quality C.E. Shepard Compost Bins can be purchased for $50 (half off retail price). To purchase by phone, call 281-210-3900 weekdays between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  To purchase online, create or login to your Active account here.   Bring your receipt to the drive-through on Saturday.   

Purchase rain barrels online from The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. for $85 (only $42.50 after Woodlands Water Agency rebate). Bring your receipt to the drive-through on Saturday.  

Event Reminders 

  • Remain in your car 
  • Wear a mask 
  • One giveaway per vehicle 
  • Come early! 

Visit our event page here for more information about Woodlands Landscaping Solutions Drive-Through.

Questions or comments? Contact enviro@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov