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Posted on: April 2, 2018

Galveston’s Spring Citywide Cleanup Set to Begin Second Weekend of April

Galveston’s Spring Citywide Cleanup Set to Begin Second Weekend of April 

A great time to finish your spring cleaning with a little help from the City!


GALVESTON, TX (April 2, 2018) – Spring has arrived and now is the perfect time to clean sweep Galveston Island! The City has multiple cleanup events throughout the month of April scheduled as well as everyday practices each resident can take advantage of to create a greener, cleaner Galveston Island. These events are open to all Galveston residents; simply present a current City of Galveston utility bill (no copies please!) confirming you pay for City refuse service and a photo ID to participate!

The Citywide Cleanup April 2018 dates have been set for Friday and Saturday, April 13th and 14th, for 51st Street west to Point San Luis AND Friday and Saturday, April 20th and 21st, for 51st Street to the East End. Residents are encouraged to place materials next to their garbage carts by 7 AM on the collection days scheduled for their area. If you have paint to dispose of, please open the can, fill with kitty litter, sand or sawdust and leave the lid off the can. When it has completely dried up, set out the can without the lid and the City will pick it up.

Please ensure large bulk piles or any other items requiring use of the litter truck are not placed under low hanging wires/branches or over your meter. Any material not picked up on Friday or Saturday will be collected on the regularly scheduled garbage day. Small amounts of building and construction material will be picked up. Please check with the Transfer Station at 741-1258 to confirm what they will allow to be disposed.

Friday & Saturday, April 13th and 14th

Friday & Saturday, April 20th and 21st

51st Street (west) – Point San Luis

51st Street – To East End

7:00 AM to 4:00 PM – Friday

7:00 AM to 4:00 PM – Friday

7:00 AM to 4:00 PM – Saturday

7:00 AM to 4:00 PM – Saturday

Drop debris off for free at the Transfer Station all April long:

From April 1st through April 30th, there will be no charge at the Transfer Station for residential customers. Residents must present a current City of Galveston utility bill confirming they pay for city refuse service as well as photo ID; copies of utility bills will not be accepted. Residents must be present at the drop off. The Transfer Station’s hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM and Saturday from 8 AM to 3 PM at 5515 Harborside Drive. (Please note Saturday hours are being extended for April 14th and April 20th, 2018 only.)

The Transfer Station does NOT accept the following:

  • Tires
  • Appliances with Freon
  • Insecticides
  • Batteries
  • Liquids of any kind
  • Any flammable material
  • Paint
  • Air conditioners
  • Pesticides
  • Any material with asbestos
  • Fire extinguishers

Appliance disposal, newspaper, glass, and more recycled at the City’s Recycling Center:

All white goods and appliances, including those without Freon and compressors, may be dropped off at the City’s Recycling Center all month long! Newspapers, glass, plastic, tires (up to five), cardboard, and Styrofoam are also accepted. 

Each Saturday in April, the Recycling Center will host a variety of events. The Recycling Center, located at 702 61st Street, will be available for item drop-off from 8 AM to 4:45 PM unless otherwise noted as follows: 

  • Mulch Give-A-Way – April 7th - On Saturday, April 7th, residents may stop by the City’s Recycling Center and pick-up FREE mulch!
  • Oil and Tire Collection – April 14th - On Saturday, April 14th, the City’s Recycling Center will accept up to 5 tires of any size or type at no charge to the resident AND up to 10 gallons of some oil! Please remember a current utility bill must be presented. The City will accept all oils listed that are properly containerized: cooking oil, motor oils, brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, antifreeze, and diesel.
  • White Goods Collection – April 21st - On Saturday, April 21st, the City’s Recycling Center will be accepting any white goods you may need to dispose of including refrigerators, freezers, stoves, washers, dryers, and dishwashers.
  • E-Waste Collection & Mulch Giveaway – April 28th - On Saturday, April 28th, the City’s Recycling Center will accept televisions (CRT and flat screens), computers and components, fax and copy machines, printers, toners and ink cartridges, cell phones, telephone equipment, stereos, DVD and CD players, video games, audio and visual equipment, microwaves and more. Residents may also stop by and pick-up FREE mulch!
  • Paper Shred Day – June 2nd from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Recycling Center - Due to the availability of the shredder we will not be able to host a shred day during the Citywide Cleanup month, however, we do have the truck reserved for June 2, 2018. Residents can bring up to 7 tons of paper material. Items that cannot be accepted for shredding include: binders, binder clips, wet paper, hard drives, cd's, video tapes, or film reels.

Public Works Needs YOUR Help to Cleanup Galveston:

In an effort to keep Galveston free of litter, the Public Works Department would like to remind Galvestonians of 4 simple steps to keep our island clean:

  • Bag your trash – To avoid loose litter on the streets, the City encourages residents to bag all trash before placing it in your trash cart. This significantly helps to prevent loose trash on the streets during pick-up.
  • Correct cart placement – Please ensure that your trash carts are clear of vehicles and easily accessible for Public Works crews to empty.
  • Keep alleys clear – On trash pick-up days, please remove all vehicles from alleys or ensure that they don’t impede the progress of Public Works crews.
  • Remove your carts – Per City ordinance, carts should be removed from the street by 10 PM on collection days.

Let’s work together to clean up our island this Spring! For additional information, please contact our Public Works Department at (409) 797-3630 or by email at

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