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City of Houston: Trash and Debris Collection Info

From the inbox:

HOUSTON – To address the collection of disaster debris created by Hurricane Harvey, the Solid Waste Management Department will be temporarily changing the City’s normal collection schedule. Neighborhood depositories will be open 7-days a week from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. until further notice.

STORM DEBRIS COLLECTION

Storm debris will be collected on an ongoing basis until further notice. Please place debris at the curb separated into the following piles:

  • Vegetation – leaves, logs, plants, tree branches (do not bag).
  • Construction & Demolition Material – carpet, drywall, furniture, lumber, mattresses
  • Appliances – dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, stoves, washers, water heaters
  • Electronics – computers, radios, stereos, televisions, other devices with a cord.
  • Household Hazardous Waste – cleaning supplies, batteries, lawn chemical, oils, oil-based paints, stains and pesticide

NEIGHBORHOOD DEPOSITORY LOCATIONS

  • North – 9003 N Main 77022
  • Northwest – 14400 Sommermeyer 77041
  • Northeast – 5565 Kirkpatrick 77028
  • Southeast – 2240 Central Street 77017
  • South – 5100 Sunbeam 77033
  • Southwest – 10785 SW Freeway 77074

No household garbage, electronics or household hazardous waste is accepted at the neighborhood depository locations. No pets are allowed on the premises.

Customers must provide the following at the Neighborhood Depository Locations*:

  • A current Texas Driver’s license or State Issued I.D.
  • A current utility bill or city property tax receipt

*  Addresses and names on all presented documents must match and electronic records are NOT accepted. No proof of residency is required for recycling only.

Normal collection services will resume on the schedule as follows:

GARBAGE COLLECTION SCHEDULE

  • Thurs., Aug. 31, 2017 – normal collection schedule
  • Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 – normal collection schedule  
  • Mon., Sept. 4, 2017 – no collection for Labor Day
  • Tues., Sept. 5, 2017 – Monday’s garbage will be collected
  • Wed., Sept. 6, 2017 – Tuesday’s garbage will be collected   
  • Thurs., Sept. 7, 2017 – normal garbage schedule resumes

RECYCLING COLLECTION

Curbside single stream recycling collection will be suspended until further notice. Customers may bring recyclables to neighborhood depository locations or the Westpark Recycling Center located at 5900 Westpark, Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Sept. 4for Labor Day.

YARD, JUNK, AND TREE WASTE COLLECTION

Yard, junk, and tree waste collections will be suspended until further notice due to the need of extra personnel for debris collection related to disaster recovery.

For more information, visit www.HoustonSolidWaste.org or call 3-1-1

Facebook: www.facebook.com/houstonsolidwasteTwitter: @houstontrash

The Solid Waste Management Department provides solid waste service to the citizens of Houston through the collection, disposal and recycling of discarded material in a manner that is safe, efficient, environmentally sound and cost-effective.

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Walk2Vote: A Student-Driven GOTV Event on Thursday

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UHD Student Leaders Bring “Walk to Vote”!
Empowering The Student Body Houston Use Their Constitutional Rights!!

Not a UHD Student? Join and vote with us!!
#Walk2Vote #W2V #YouthRevolution #Oct23 #1pm

HOUSTON, TX –Hundreds of students will unite and march to the vote this Oct 23, 2014!! University of Houston-Downtown students vow to unite and play a critical role in the November elections as they pledge to walk to vote. Our student leaders resolve to empower all UHD students to get out and vote.

mayorIn 2012, the Student Government Association (SGA), started an initiative at UHD that aimed to empower students by registering them to vote and take action. From the month of August to October of 2012, the SGA was able to register 2,500 students to vote. During early voting in 2012, the SGA then hosted the Walk 2 Vote event which was attended by over 700 students, the Mayor and other distinguished guests. Following a brief rally, together we continued and marched with over 300 students at the same time and voted. The results at the UHD were truly unprecedented, as over 55% of the student population voted at UHD in 2012, compared to other University counterparts at 5-15% according to the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University.

Since the beginning of the fall 2014 semester, various student organizations have passionately competed with one another in an effort to see who could register the most voters. To date, we have registered over 1,500 students who will now be eligible to vote in the November elections. In honor of this, the Student Government Association has orchestrated an event to encourage our students to vote and inspire them to let their voices be heard.

Join us on Oct 23rd on the UHD’s South Deck from 1:00pm to 2:00pm as we celebrate our achievements and exercise our constitutional right to vote.

Who: University of Houston-Downtown Community
What: Walk and Exercise the Right to Vote
When: Oct 23rd, 2014
Time: Rally 1:00p-2:00p, March Begins at 2:00pm
Where: University of Houston Downtown South Deck to 1001 Preston, 77002 (4 blocks)
Guest: Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Rapper Bun B, Inspirational Hip-Hop Artist Rocko Steady, Artist Sara Alavi

Contact:
Ivan Sanchez, Senior SGA advisor, 832-713-4577
John Locke, UHD SGA President, 832-5424897

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9/13/14 ~ Own The Dream’s DACA Clinic

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Mayoral Halloween Tips – 2013

This is from Mayor Parker and the folks at City of Houston:

“Halloween is a time for children of all ages to have a good time with family and friends,” said Mayor Parker. “It can also be dangerous for our young goblins, ghosts and ghouls who are excited and maybe not paying close attention to their own safety. We want trick-or-treating to be fun and safe for everyone.”

The mayor, HPD and HFD offer the following safety tips:

  • Always go in a group. Don’t let young children walk alone. For older children, make sure you know where they are going and that they are with a supervised group with a responsible adult.
  • Be cautious of strangers; never go into a stranger’s house or accept a ride from a stranger.
  • Only approach houses where the outside lights are on as a signal of welcome.
  • If you feel threatened or in danger while trick or treating you can go to any Houston fire or police station.
  • Have children wear light colored or reflective costumes and don’t let them wear masks that obstruct their vision. Face painting is safer than a mask. Add reflective tape to your child’s costume if it isn’t already reflective. Also make sure their costumes fit and won’t cause them to trip or fall. Costumes should be flame retardant. Carry a flashlight or glow stick so you can be seen.
  • Children should wait until they get home to eat candy. Parents should examine the candy for possible tampering; if it looks suspicious, is not wrapped or is loosely wrapped, get rid of it.
  • Motorists need to be extra cautious and watch out for trick-or-treaters – especially after dark.
  • Illuminate pumpkins with small flashlights or battery operated candles instead of real candles. If using candles, keep them away from curtains and combustible items, including decorations. They should not be placed along walkways where costumes might brush against them.

The HPD Juvenile Division and patrol officers have been busy this week checking the residences of registered sex offenders. Not all sex offenders are barred from contact with children, but officers are making sure that those that are meet the conditions of their parole or probation and are not giving out candy.

HFD reminds us that the end of Daylight Savings Time this weekend is a good time to make sure the battery in your smoke detector is working. There are now smoke detectors on the market with batteries that will last up to 10 years.

Parker Announces Hackathon, Open Data Initative; Gonzalez to Co-Chair

This is definitely an interesting bit of news that just got into my inbox. I know Council Member Ed Gonzalez is excited about co-chairing the event, which, in my opinion, is all about innovation and a step toward a more accessible city government.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker today announced the City of Houston will host a 24-hour “Open Innovation Hackathon” on May 17-18 at the Houston Technology Center and at Start Houston. A hackathon is a day-long event in which software developers, designers, and data analysts collaborate intensively on data and software projects. Over 24 hours, Houston’s “civic hackers” will pitch ideas, form teams and develop innovative new websites, mobile apps, and insightful data visualizations to address community and city problems.

“Houston leads the nation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) job growth, and we want to leverage local talent to produce outcomes,” Mayor Parker said.  “Everyone involved has worked very hard to define high-impact projects that solve our problems and that can be completed in 24 hours.  We want to use the applications and insights that are created at the Hackathon as soon as possible.”

Mayor Parker also announced the launch of the City’s Open Data Initiative, a program that puts public city data in the hands of citizens. The open data originating from dozens of city systems will be critical for the civic hackers in using technology to build tech solutions that solve city problems.

“We’re really excited that Houston is taking this historic step toward liberating data,” said City Council Member and Hackathon Co-Chair Ed Gonzalez.  “Hackathons are a great way to engage citizens and start a dialogue between City officials and our talented analytical and software developer communities.”

Preparation for this initiative and the Hackathon involves publishing data on a publicly accessible website.  Over the last three months, the City has identified more than 25 “weekend projects” that a team of software developers, designers, analysts and others could reasonably complete, ranging from a Houston bike app that displays all bike lanes, trails, B-Cycle kiosks, and bike shops to dashboards that show citizens how the city is performing and where it can do better.

While Houston’s Open Data Initiative is modeled after programs in New York, San Francisco, Austin, and Palo Alto, Houstonwill also include a STEM outreach component designed to teach children across the city about career options.  “Sometimes, just talking to a successful software developer can inspire a child to pursue a career in technology,” Council Member Gonzalez said.

The city is expecting strong turnout from citizens, corporate participants, and members of Houston’s startup communities.

Further details about the City of Houston Open Innovation Hackathon, as well as registration information, is available at: http://www.houstonhackathon.com/.