Join us at the 3R Recycle Drive Thru Event this Saturday – POSTPONED

We regret to inform you that the 3R Recycling Drive Thru Event, which was originally scheduled for Saturday, November 11, 2023, has been postponed due to unfavorable weather conditions. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

We will keep you updated on the new date of the event, so please stay tuned. In the meantime, you can visit our Recycle More Guide ( to explore alternative options for recycling your items before the event takes place.

Thank you for your understanding.

Every year The Woodlands celebrates America Recycles Day, one dedicated to promoting waste diversion nationwide, with the 3R Recycling Drive Thru. But did you know that America Recycles Day started right here in Texas?! Two employees at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) proposed the idea to encourage Texans to increase the state recycling rate. When they moved on from TCEQ, their legacy inspired a larger recycling movement and the day was turned into a nationwide holiday. From its start in 1997, America Recycles Day continues to encourage us to consider how we dispose of waste and be conscious about what we buy.  

Come celebrate with us at the 3R Recycling Drive Thru Special Collection Event. This is a unique opportunity to recycle items you can’t put in your curbside cart. Last year, over 500 households brought their items to the Drive Thru and kept over 30,000 pounds of waste out of landfill! Join us on Saturday, November 11, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Woodlands High School Parking Lot (6101 Research Forest Dr).  

Please bring only the following items:  

  • Batteries – Alkaline AA, AAA, C, D, and 9V
  • Lightbulbs – Incandescent, Compact Fluorescent (CFL) and LED light bulbs. No tube lights over 4 feet. Light bulbs must be intact, not broken.  
  • Disposable Razors and packaging. See list of examples.
  • Eyeglasses, sunglasses and cases 
  • Oral Care Products – Toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and floss containers. 
  • Small Electronics – One file box or paper shopping bag per vehicle. Laptops, tablets, cell phones and cords only. No TV’s or monitors. Proof of Woodlands address (Driver’s License or utility bill required).   
  • Snack & Drink Pouches – Any brand with straws and pouch lids. Example list
  • Block Styrofoam – No food containers or cups 
  • Textiles – Used clothing, shoes, linens, fabric scrap in any condition. 
  • Election Signs & Stakes – Separate stakes from the signs 
  • Bikes – In any condition. Bikes will be collected and refurbished in partnership with Bike The Woodlands Coalition and Recycled Cycles and then donated back to the community.

Please bag or box items separately by category and place them in your trunk or back seat for safe access by volunteers who will do all the unloading for you!  Residents only, no businesses.

Can’t make it to 3R or don’t want to wait for an annual Drive-Thru? The items we’re accepting can be recycled year-round. A full list of local partners for items such as Styrofoam, electronics, lightbulbs, batteries, and more is always available in the Recycle More Guide. 

For event updates and more information, contact The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department at 281-281-3800 or visit 

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