The City’s trash and recycling vendor, Waste Connections, has been increasingly impacted by the effects of COVID-19, reducing their available workforce. The effect in Friendswood has been delays and rescheduling of trash and recycling pickup.
Today, Waste Connections notified the City that beginning Monday (July 13) they are suspending recycling pickup throughout Friendswood for six weeks (until August 31). During this six-week period, residents may choose to combine their recyclable materials with their regular trash. Regular trash and green waste collection is not affected.
“The effect of COVID-19 upon the Waste Connections staff causing the suspension of recycling collection but continuing other collection services, is understandable. Our best wishes go out to all of the Waste Connections staff and their families who are dealing with health issues,” said Mayor Mike Foreman. “I’m asking for Friendswood residents to be patient during this temporary suspension.”
During the next 5 week suspension, residents may place their recyclables in a temporary recycling collection bin placed in Centennial Park, next to Friendswood Junior High School. The large blue roll-off bin should ONLY be used for recyclable materials that you would have had collected curbside. Recyclable items must be placed in clear plastic bags.
Dumping of non-recyclable materials will contaminate the whole bin, resulting in the contents of the bin being taken to the landfill. The bin will be removed if the recycling guidelines are not followed.
Other City services are not impacted by the suspension of Waste Connections recycling collection efforts. Residents with questions about this temporary suspension may call the City’s Utility Billing Department at 281-996-3232.