Managing Storm Debris

On June 22, 2023 a major storm rolled through our area resulting in area-wide power outages, downed trees and property damages. As you cleanup after a storm, please remember to follow these guidelines. 

Graphic Information IconKEY INFORMATION

As you begin cleaning up your property, please keep in mind this important information. 

  1. Debris and property damage is a direct result of the storm and wind event and cleaning up storm debris and property repairs is the responsibility of the home or property owner. 
  2. Waste Management will collect yard debris and bulky items in accordance with their operating guidelines. Below is more information on what these guidelines are and what residents can do to assist with the process. 
  3. While the majority of road ways have been cleared, any roadway that is blocked by fallen trees and debris is the responsibility of the county. Both Montgomery County and Harris County operate within the Woodlands Township boundary lines. Each county has precincts which provide government services. Residents should contact the county directly to have storm debris removed.

  4. Storm debris and fallen trees located on Township property will be managed by the Township Parks department. Fallen trees from the reserve onto private property should be reported to the Resident Care Center by calling 281-210-3800. Trees and natural debris that is removed from pathways will most likely be located into the surrounding forest to promote the natural decomposition process. 
  5. In order to make things easier for residents affected by the storm, the Residential Design Review Committees (RDRCs) and Development Standards Committee (DSC) will forgo applications and pre-approvals for work needed (fence replacement, tree removal, damage to homes). Focus will be on items, which if not addressed immediately, could affect the safety and wellbeing of persons and property.  Read full details.

Graphic Icon of Tree DebrisTree & Yard Debris

Residents and property owners should read the following information in detail with regard to what can and what cannot be placed curbside for pickup by Waste Management. Debris that does not fall within the Waste Management guidelines should be removed by the property owner and/or contractor/yard vendor.  

What to do with logs and branches?

Residents can follow the curbside guidelines to get rid of large amounts of branches/fallen leaves if they are under the 4” x 4’ x 40 rule:

  • Branches, tree limbs and trimmings
    • No larger than 4 inches in diameter
    • Trimmed to 4 feet in length
    • Tied in bundles no larger than 4’ thick, placed in an open container, or bagged in Kraft lawn bags
    • Weigh no more than 40 pounds
  • For branches up to 6” diameter and 6’ in length
    • Drop off at The Woodlands Recycling Center
    • 5402 Research Forest Drive, behind the Bear Branch Recreation Center
    • Hours: Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or Wednesday 4 to 7 p.m.

If you hire a service to remove the tree or clean up the yard, residents should ensure that the price includes debris removal as WM will not collect logs or large debris curbside.

Important Reminder: Branches and construction debris CANNOT be scheduled for bulky trash pickup.

Attention Montgomery County Precinct 3 Residents
Commissioner Jack Noack has contracted resources to help with the removal of private property debris that residents place along the county right of way. Those services will start Monday, June 26, and continue through Sunday, July 9, 2023. Residents should place yard debris along the right of way for upcoming free pickup services. (Note: The county is prohibited by law from entering private property to make repairs and/or improvements, such as tree and yard debris removal).

Graphic Icon of Food WasteKitchen and Household Waste

Food waste and other mixed household trash that can rot must be disposed of separately from green waste or construction debris. 

Curbside Trash Cart – Fit as much as possible in the cart. Extra bags of household trash require a pink tag. 

  • Pink Tag – purchase for $1.93 each
    • One tag per bag. Set tagged bags out with your cart on your regular service day. 
    • Bags cannot exceed 40 pounds and must be able to fit into the cart.
    • Tags are available at Kroger Customer Service in Cochran’s Crossing, Alden Bridge and Sterling Ridge Village Centers or The Woodlands Township Town Hall
  • Sprint Landfill now managed by GFL
    17851 TX-105, Conroe, TX 
    Monday - Saturday  7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Graphic Icon of Construction DebrisConstruction Debris

If residents are removing damaged roofing, fencing, siding, etc., these items CANNOT be serviced as bulky pickup and CANNOT be placed by curbside carts. Below are options for disposal. 

Onsite Options

  • Waste Management Roll Off (Dumpster) or Solid Waste Hauler
    • 20 or 30 yard sizes
    • Paid directly by the resident to the hauler

Drop-Off Locations

  • Montgomery County Precinct 3 Recycling Facility (fees apply)
    • 1122 Pruitt Road, Spring, TX 77380
      Monday - Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
      Closed 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
      Call 281-367-7283
      Fees have been waived for a limited time - Review Fee Schedule
  • Harris County operates landfills and recycling center where Harris County residents may dispose of debris. Please download and review this pdf for more information

Graphic Icon of Garbage TruckMissed Pickup

If for some reason your trash and yard waste was not picked up, please report the missed pickup directly to Waste Management. 

By phone call 800-800-5804
By email 

Need Assistance?

If you still need assistance or have questions that are not covered here, please contact the The Woodlands Township Environmental Services department.

By phone call 281-210-0000
By email