Winter Storm Uri - Solid Waste Updates

Latest Update on Solid Waste Services

The city of Sugar Land continues to work closely with Republic Services to address the increased volume of green waste and debris caused by Winter Storm Uri. Communities throughout the region are facing similar challenges with green waste and debris collections. The tremendous amount of materials being left at curbs has resulted in longer wait times at landfills (more than 60 percent longer than normal), which reduces the amount of time trucks are available to drive city streets.

In an effort to allow Republic Services to return to their normal collection schedules, the city utilized a debris contractor to further assist in collecting the increased volume of material being set out for service. As of March 22, Republic Services resumed their normal collection schedule, providing once a week green waste collection and once a month bulk waste collection, along with normal garbage and recycling services.

We are still seeing increased volumes of green waste being placed out for collection, and we anticipate that this increase in volume will persist for several weeks as residents continue to address their landscape needs following the freezing weather. This increase in volume is in addition to the normal seasonal increase we already experience and plan for annually in the early spring. City staff continue to conduct debris assessments to identify areas throughout the City that have higher volumes of green waste out for collection and to assist in allocating our collection resources. Republic Services has committed to providing additional resources to further increase the volume of material that can be collected daily.  

As we return to normal collection schedules, please remember to place your items at the curb for service on your designated collection day. Continued increases in green waste set-out volumes could result in collection delays over the coming weeks, which is normal this time of year. Republic Services will be returning to any incomplete service areas within the following 24 to 48 hours to render service. Find your full collection schedule using MyNeighborhood.

Bulk Waste Services

The city worked with Republic Services to provide two rounds of bulk waste collection to all residents immediately following Winter Storm Uri. Both rounds of bulk waste collection have since been completed, and the normal bulk waste collection schedule has resumed. While construction and demolition debris was temporarily collected as part of the additional bulk waste service provided after Winter Storm Uri; these materials will no longer be accepted, as we have resumed normal bulk waste service. Below are options for residents who still have construction and demolition debris for disposal.

  • If you have a contractor working on your home, you should coordinate your debris removal directly with the contractor.
  • Residents can contact Republic Services at 713-726-7307 to schedule a construction and demolition debris collection. Fees do apply.
  • Haul construction and demolition debris to a local landfill. Fees do apply. 

For questions, call 3-1-1 or 281-275-2900

Bulk waste collection


COLLECTION VOLUME TRACKER

34,000

CUBIC YARDS

COLLECTED FROM FEBRUARY - MARCH 2021

*Final volumes are pending as material continues to be processed*

5,600

CUBIC YARDS

COLLECTED FROM FEBRUARY - MARCH 2020

Did You Know?

During Hurricane Harvey, the city collected approximately 2,000 cubic yards of debris from isolated areas where just over 200 homes were damaged by the flood. This smaller geographic area and lesser quantity made the recovery more easily managed by providing two collection passes through each impacted area.

As a result of Winter Storm Uri, we have collected approximately 34,000 cubic yards of material. Final collection volumes are pending as material continues to be processed. Immediately after the storm we suspended green waste in order to prioritize the removal of debris caused by broken pipes that occurred in over 300 residences across the city.