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Debris help and warnings

Date: September 18, 2017

Debris removal continues in the City of Friendswood. The pace of collection is faster when items are segregated into piles:

--Construction and demolition: sheet rock, shingles, siding, carpet, furniture, and other items originating from homes.

--Vegetative waste: tree trunks, limbs, shrubs, leaves, and plants. Do not bundle.

--Bagged debris:  If you have already bagged storm debris, put the bags in one separate pile. If you have not bagged your debris, put it in the appropriate pile.

--Electronics: TVs, computers, DVD players

--Large appliances: refrigerators (with food removed), washers, dryers, water heaters, stoves and dishwashers.

--Household hazardous materials: cleaners, paints, oil and other hazardous materials.

If you need help separating your storm debris, please contact the Friendswood Call Center, 281-888-0131, any day 9a to 3p. They can connect you with volunteer teams

If you can, avoid putting storm debris in bags; however, if you have already used trash bags for storm debris, you have two options:

  1. Separate these bags from the main debris piles to be picked up at a later time.
  2. Cut open the bags to expose the contents. Debris collection contractors must be able to see what they are picking up to ensure that it is storm debris and that the landfill is licensed to accept the items in the bags.

We appreciate your patience during storm recovery.

The City has been notified that unscrupulous individuals may be going door-to-door advertising debris removal services. Residents are warned to be wary of this activity, or any individuals asking for compensation for flood recovery services.

All contractors must be registered. The City has published details at:

If you are approached by an individual asking for money for debris removal, please contact the Office of Emergency Management at 281-996-3335. Have names, license plate information and photos of the individuals, if possible. 

In some cases, a residential flood insurance policy may include reimbursement for debris removal. Please contact your insurance agent for verification.

All debris trucks working within the City of Friendswood can be identified by a "Disaster Debris Hauler" placard. It includes a truck number, capacity, contractor name, disaster code and applicant’s name which is "Friendswood." These trucks are being monitored by men and women that are Tetra Tech employees in high visibility vests. City contractors are also using pickup trucks with trailers to collect large appliances such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, dishwashers, and water heaters.