Residential Garbage Information

Waste Corporation of America (WCA) is the contractor for the City of Tomball Garbage Services. If you have any questions please contact the City of Tomball Utility Billing 281-290-1401 or 281-290-1424.

Collection Days: 

  • Monday: Regular Garbage and Recycling (North of FM 2920/ Main Street)
  • Thursday: Regular Garbage, Recycling (South of FM 2920/ Main Street) and Heavy Garbage including bulk, brush, and tree trimming

Holiday Collection

The only holiday effecting residential collection is Thanksgiving Day; collection will be completed the following business day. 

Christmas Trees placed at the curb will be collected on the normal brush/bulk collection day. 

Garbage Collection

Trash must be placed at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on your scheduled collection day. Waste Corporation of America (WCA) has between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. to collect all items placed at the curb on your scheduled collection day.

The collection process proceeds by collecting garbage/recyclables from one side of the street at a time. This process is for the safety of the collection crew. This means your neighbor’s trash/recyclables may be picked up across the street, but yours may be a little later. Please note that the truck does fill up and has to be emptied, at this point there could be a delay of a couple of hours before the truck gets back on route.

Residential garbage may be placed out for collection in plastic bags or poly carts. The bags may not exceed forty (40) pounds when full, nor exceed 100 gallons per collection day. The City of Tomball provides residents with two (2) rolls of plastic bags per year. The bags can be picked up in our office starting every January.

City Council approved residents the option to utilize poly carts or continue the use of bag collection. Poly carts for residential waste and recycling may be obtained by completing the Poly Cart Order Form and return via email to or to City staff.  Poly carts will be delivered within five (5) business days after application is received and processed by staff.  

For a complete list of poly cart guidelines please review our Informational Guidelines.   Placement information for carts can be found here

Prohibited Collection Items: 

  • Hazardous waste
  • Motor Oil
  • Gasoline
  • Paint
  • Batteries
  • Garden Chemicals
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Automobile Tires
  • Tree Trunks
  • Auto body parts
  • Construction Demolition and Debris

Construction Demolition and Debris

Waste materials including, but not limited to, glass, brick, concrete/asphalt, roofing material, insulation, and lumber resulting from the from a construction or demolition project.  These materials include rocks, soil, tree remains, and other vegetative matter resulting from land clearing for a construction project. 

Any material meeting the criteria listed above, will require a Special Collection (please see below) or collection via a Roll Off Container through WCA.  For assistance or more information please contact our office. 

Hazardous Waste

The City does not provide Hazardous Waste collection.  To find a location to properly dispose of hazardous waste please visit Harris County Household Hazardous Waste


Residents may recycle by placing the following items in the recycle bin or poly cart provided by Waste Corporation:

  • Newsprint and advertising inserts
  • Plastic containers (#1-#7) milk, soda, water, juice, liquor, shampoo detergent
  • Aluminum and bi-metal cans
  • Cardboard boxes

All recyclables must be reasonably rinsed and free of food products.

As of November 18, 2019 the collection routes for Recycling will change from City-wide, same day collection to a two day collection route based on location.  Residents north of FM 2920 (Main Street) will be serviced on Monday, while residents south of FM 2920 will be serviced on Thursday.  For an overview of the collection route and days please review the attached Recycling Service map here, for more information please contact our office.

Brush and Tree trimmings

WCA will provide curbside collection of brush once a week on Thursdays. Tree limbs must be bundled and must not exceed four (4) feet in length, four (4) feet in height, and four (4) feet in width or 40 pounds. Tree limbs larger than four (4) inches in diameter will not be collected.

Christmas trees placed at the curb will be collected on the normal brush/bulk collection day. 

Bulk or Heavy Items

Bulky or heavy trash such as old furniture, appliances, and similar items are to be collected on Thursday of each week up to two (2) cubic yards.  Anything in excess of two (2) cubic yards would require a special collection, please see below. 

Note: refrigerators/freezers must be drained and lines sealed by a licensed technician with appropriate recycled content tag affixed to the unit.

Special Collection

Waste Corporation will provide special collection for all bulky waste and brush in excess of two (2) cubic yards (approximately the size of a sofa) for an additional fee.  Fee for special collection may be found on our Master Fee Schedule here or by contacting staff.  

Citizen's Assistance Program

For those residents that are physically unable to place your bags or polycarts at the designated collection location and require special assistance please complete the Citizen's Assistance Program Form and return via email to or to City staff.