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Recycling Guide for Woodlands Residents

The Woodlands Recycling and ReUse Facility
Precinct 3

1122 Pruitt Road    Map
The Woodlands, TX 

This is the main recycling facility for residents of The Woodlands, TX.  Help keep The Woodlands green!

Recyclable materials include: Plastic containers, yard trimmings, aluminum cans, cardboard & paperboard, glass containers, metals, paper, automotive fluids and clothing. No household garbage, please.

*Electronics, latex paint, and home improvement by products are for Montgomery County Residents Only.

Phone: 281-367-SAVE (7283)
Recycling Facility Hours:
Monday - Saturday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Closed for lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Except county holidays
Available to Montgomery County Residents. Quick and easy sort!
More information can be found at their web site:
The Woodlands Recycling Center / Research Forest
5310 Research Forest Dr  Map
The Woodlands, TX  77381
(next to Bear Branch Park)
Hours are Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm, and Saturday from 9am to 2pm.
Phone: 281-210-3900

Curbside Recycling in The Woodlands

When recycling curbside, please:
  • Remove Plastic Caps
  • Remove straws
  • Rinse everything thoroughly

What is allowed in the curbside bins?:

Ex. - Newspapers, mail, magazines, office papers

Cardboard / Boxes:
24" boxes or smaller, up to three boxes larger than 24"
Please flatten all boxes and remove non-cardboard
NO wax- or -plastic coated

Glass Bottles:
Green, brown & clear - please rinse.

Aluminum Food / Drink Containers:
Ex. - Soda containers, tin cans. Please crush cans if possible.
No pie pans, aerosol cans or scrap metal.

Plastics #1 - 7:
Check the bottom for the recycling arrow for the plastic #.
Empty contents, rinse, and leave caps on.

Ex. - Juice boxes, milk, soy, soup, broth, wine packages

Refrigerated Cartons:
Ex. - Milk, juice, cream, egg substitutes

Other Recycling Centers in Montgomery County:

Montgomery County Recycling Center -- Precinct 1
405 N. Bell
Willis, Texas
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am - Noon

Montgomery County Recycling Center -- Precinct 2
31354 Friendship Drive
Magnolia, Texas
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm, Closed for County Holidays/Holiday Weekends

Montgomery County Recycling Center -- Precinct 4
23628 Roberts Road
New Caney, Texas
936-521-8919 or 281-577-8919
Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 3:00pm, Except for county holidays

Lonestar Recycling
24523 Gosling Rd
Spring, TX  77389
Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm, Closed 12:00pm - 12:30pm for lunch

We accept business electronics - anything with a power cord. No CFL light bulbs accepted. No tube TVs accepted.

Montgomery County Recycling Center -- Conroe Recycling Center -- CLOSED

2501 North Frazier
Conroe, Texas
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm


posted Mar. 1st, 2016 - 5:28pm
Please add a note that Creekside Park residents cannot use any of the Montgomery Co precincts because we live in Harris Co. Very frustrating to learn after spending hours cutting and loading shrubs. Nature\'s Way off of I-45 and FM1488 took my clippings for a small charge.

posted Jan. 1st, 2016 - 10:10am
John says:
What about locations for creekside park? It is also part of the woodlands

posted Sep. 15th, 2015 - 9:41pm
Travis says:
The Pruitt Road location is a pain. I recycle our plastic, glass, and cardboard here. They are consistently rude. I have to get out of my truck because if I don\'t, they will take my tools and whatever else I might have in the back of the truck. Yet I get scolded for getting out of the truck. I took some #2 plastic panels a week ago. They tried to charge me. I explained it was #2 plastic which they take. Then they say they have to charge because it isn\'t marked #2. I then show them it is marked with the #2 triangle. Then they change their story again and tell me they only take plastic bottles. So they only take some #2 items and not all. I end up just dumping the panels in a dumpster at one of my project sites instead of recycling. If it isn\'t basic recycling items, they will charge you.

posted Aug. 16th, 2015 - 9:24pm
Belida4 says:
In Oklahoma City they have recycling bins at every gas station placed in-between the gasoline pumps, one for plastic, one for aluminum cans, one for paper; they have been a great success. Someone in the recycle business should check out the OKC program and start one in Houston TX. There would be a lot more recycling if people could recycle every time they fill up with gas!!!

posted Aug. 7th, 2015 - 1:32pm
These guidelines are terribly written. Removig bottle caps is an outdated practice and rinsing bottles out is simply a waste of water.

posted Jul. 21st, 2015 - 2:18am
BSCan says:
I was reading the info regarding recycling. Having to rinse items is a waste of water. The Woodlands is about to start taking water out of Lake Conroe. Before long the lake will be dry but the recycling will be clean. How ridiculous is that. Water is our most precious resource Waste not want not.

posted Jul. 12th, 2015 - 12:05pm
willie G says:
what a rip-off. by \'stay green\' I can only assume they mean the color of money.

posted Apr. 29th, 2015 - 12:38pm
Wondering says:
Is it okay to put metal jar lids and bottle caps in curbside bins?

posted Jan. 3rd, 2015 - 3:51pm
Woodlands Resident since 2000 says:
Went to Pruitt Road today (Saturday) to drop old cans of paint and bags of fertilizer. Say what? You only take these items on Wednesday? AND you\'re going to charge me up to $50 to take the fertilizer? OK. Cool. Into the landfill and groundwater it goes.

posted Dec. 15th, 2014 - 1:00pm
It is amazing that they charge for paint disposal. I guess that is why most people just throw their paint cans in the trash. Inconvenience causes people not to comply with rules and charges.

posted Aug. 29th, 2014 - 8:32pm
Big Daddy says:
You guys all seem like a cry baby **** head. They are great up there.!!!!

posted Aug. 23rd, 2014 - 3:49pm
JimH says:
I showed up to day with a truck load of residential yard debris and the guy said it wound be $10 to unload it. I said I don\'t think so and left!

I have recycled residential yard debris at both the Research Forest and Pruitt Rd. locations for years and this is the first time have been asked to pay. I guess Precinct 3 wants us to start putting this debris in the regular trash and STOP recycling. I thought my tax $$$ and residential fees covered running these sites but now they seem to want extra spending money to allow you to unload this debris.

posted Aug. 8th, 2014 - 7:10pm
Julie says:
I usually go to the Friendship Drive Recycle Center in Magnolia where Nancy & her team are absolutely fantastic. They are really helpful & friendly which makes recycling a pleasure.

I\'d offered to get rid of about 7 cans of paint for an old lady neighbor who was moving house, so I made the 35 mile or more trip to the Precinct 3 facility on Pruitt Road to dispose of it.
It is Friday. The guy told me they only took paint on Wednesday! Why don\'t you post this information on the web site! I can\'t see why you can\'t stack paint in one area to deal with it later. Ridiculous!

posted Jul. 26th, 2014 - 4:27pm
Manners says:
I went to the recycling center today with a truckful of things. I pulled up just as it turned 11:30a. An older man was closing the gate. I asked him if they were closed. He said grumpily \"No. We\'re closed from 11:30a- 12:30p for lunch.\" I glanced at the clock and at this point my clock said 11:31. Really?? I had to come back after lunch and to top it off- pay $10 for the baby stuff and christmas tree I brought to drop off. That didn\'t include the paint. Apparently I missed that Saturday and will have to pay another fee for that.

posted Jul. 26th, 2014 - 3:02pm
Dailyestate says:
I have been talking materials there for 10 years. Lately it is $10 to $40 depending on who is running the show. I brought some stuff from a rent house in the woodlands today and the guy told me he could not take it. But he said he would take it if I paid $40. He said bring no more. From now on I have to lie and say it is from my residence. They are rude and charge all kinds of amounts. There is no structure and professionalism. I used to have to dump stuff in the woods because they would not take me. He told me I had to drive to the land fill in cut and shoot. Guess i will find a dumpster somewhere. What is the point if you can\'t use the place and pay Montgomery County taxes? I am calling the county to report this person Monday morning.

posted Jul. 22nd, 2014 - 5:22am
Rick says:
Why recycle if it cost you money?

posted Jun. 11th, 2014 - 8:55pm
Golf says:
The 2 Very nice gentleman Explain to me they also do the mosquito abatement program there. I am very happy that the gentleman are there to help us all.

posted Jun. 11th, 2014 - 8:53pm
Golf says:
It was my first visit there And I did not know what to expect. The foreman a gentleman in his mid-30s Was very helpful. He explained to me why there was a cost to some recycling. I came on a day when they were not excepting paint chemicals. The nice gentleman explain to me The rules and gave me alternative ways to dispose of my hazardous-waste. Also a young African american man went out of his way to help me and I am very appreciative. The whole staff was very helpful and Respectful. I am looking forward to going back.

posted Jun. 4th, 2014 - 8:30am
MC says:
We pay our taxes and they still want $$$$ when you drop things off. They are rude to boot!!!!
They treat you like your some kind of criminal.

posted May. 7th, 2014 - 5:02pm
Last post should have said FROM: FORMER RECYCLER. P.S. The Man on a power trip HUMILIATED a POLITE young Man (in His charge), in front of Me. The Older Elderly Gentleman in the paint and hazardous waste area, WERE SO SUPER NICE. Their what company\'s employees USED TO B LIKE. I know the name of the Bully Man. If anyone in this Company is interested in DOING THE RIGHT THING, and KNOCKING this Man down a few pegs, LET ME KNOW. Probably won\'t hear from ya though cuz HES THE 1 IN CHANGE there. FIGURES.

posted May. 7th, 2014 - 4:52pm
Just took a Chevy size truck load of paint, chemicals, concrete, car chemicals and oil, plastic bottles and chair, battery and arasol cans. I was happy to load ALL this up and haul it up to the recycling center. Thinking all that stuff would NOT end up in landfills. Imagine My surprise when I heard this GOOD DEED would cost Me an EXTREMELY high fee. $70.00 later and after being treated like CRAP by an abrasive Man in His early 40\'s, wearing glasses and ON A POWER TRIP, SADLY, from now on, I\'m putting My recycling IN THE TRASH. HEY, PRUITT RD RECYCLING Center, THANKS 4 MAKING MY 1 and ONLY recycling experience SUCK.

posted Apr. 19th, 2014 - 6:13pm
Janet says:
I read on the website that the center would be closed on county holidays including 4/18, Good Friday. So, I waited until the next day, packed up my goods, drove the hour round trip to the center only to find it closed. A sign saying closed Fri/Sat was posted at the gate, not on the website. Very inconvenient and expensive trip. Why isn\'t the website used as intended, as information for the users?

posted Apr. 9th, 2014 - 7:06pm
Des. J. Stapleton. says:
ALL the Taxes we pat in the Woodlands where do they go ?

I have been a residence in the Woodlands since 1992 and we did not pay for dropping off any items in The Woodlands Recycling Centers. Why the change.

I post this comment to get a reply, so all residents in Montgomery county will get to know.

Thanks. April 9th 2014.

posted Feb. 24th, 2014 - 2:50pm
me says:
why would anyone pay to recycle something they already paid for?

posted Jan. 31st, 2014 - 12:27am
Brian Wilson says:
Ever since James Noack has taken over this facility has became a corporation charging citizens for everything, I thought this was a recycling center? What happened? GREED! I advise nobody to recycle at this facility because you\'ll be charged or you\'ll be told to stay in your vehicle like someone has authority over you and be treated as if you\'re a criminal breaking the law. I\'ll be glad when this facility gets shut down and the way it looks greed is making it slowly shut down just give it time. It makes you wonder where your tax dollars are really going.

posted Dec. 28th, 2013 - 7:26pm
owl says:
When we went to drop off electronics, we were charged $10 per CRT type monitor or TV. Flat panel monitor
and the rest was recycled for free. Best Buy recycles CRTs for free.

posted Nov. 6th, 2013 - 5:05pm
Frustrated says:
I wanted to turn in some chemicals. I was willing to pay the money to be responsible and dispose of some oil based paints, old pesticides, old fertilizers, etc. On the phone I was told they were open 8-5 every Wednesday. I took off work early, drove across Houston, and got to the building right at 4:28. Turns out they close at 4:30 and they had already locked up the doors. I could hear people inside, so I knocked, but they ignored me. OK, no problem. Great service guys. I guess you can behave this way when you have the monopoly on a service. Fine, I\'ll save the money and throw it in the trash!

posted Sep. 7th, 2013 - 12:20pm
Gray says:
Yes, it would be wonderful if they would update/fix their website and actually post hours on their gate. They are making a lot of people unhappy. I would rather not have to pay for recycling in another area! Or worse yet, stop recycling altogether as this could frustrate some to do.

posted Aug. 30th, 2013 - 11:53am
Natalie D says:
It also doesn\'t say that the Pruitt Road center closes for lunch from 11:30 to 12:30. This would have been extremely helpful information as I just drove 15 min and arrived at 11:50.

posted Jul. 29th, 2013 - 10:10am
C. Powell says:
The recycle center on Pruitt Road is NOT OPEN at 8:00 a.m. as this page shows...Please get the correct hours.

I believe the hours are actually 8:30-4:30 not 8:00-5:00.

posted Mar. 18th, 2013 - 5:20pm
Susan says:
It says not to recycle the caps on plastic water and soda bottles. Do you throw them in the regular garbage? What about the plastic rings that are left after your remove the cap. Do those stay on?

posted Mar. 3rd, 2013 - 9:32am
karla says:
Clothing recycle? Bring to Interfaith\'s Hand Me Up Shop on Rayford Road. Monday -Saturday from 10a-5p. Receive a tax donation.

posted Mar. 3rd, 2013 - 9:30am
karla says:
If you just have clean paper recycle,broken down cardboard boxes, any kind of books you can bring them to Interfaith\'s Hand Me Up Shop on Rayford Road and place them in the dumpster located in the back of the store. Available 24 hours a day.

posted Feb. 27th, 2013 - 5:57pm
Brenda says:
I was referring to the Woodlands location on Pruitt Rd. in my previous post. And the rest of the staff is great. So friendly with the exception of the one man. I really don\'t know what I\'ve done, people are out of their cars and have things in one bin in cars ahead of me everytime. Yet, I can\'t do these things? Seems odd and quite silly.

posted Feb. 27th, 2013 - 5:50pm
Brenda says:
I dread taking my items. There is a man, about 30yrs. old, brown hair who is constantly telling me I\'m doing something wrong. I can\'t get out of my car to show them what to take, I have to bring my items in separate bins, etc. There is never any trouble when other people help me.

They tossed out my library donation items and my library books. I had to pay $63 for the books. It\'s a shame. My area doesn\'t have recycled item curbside pickup and I try to do my best. It is a shame this one person is making it difficult to donate.

posted Aug. 9th, 2012 - 2:36pm
Patty says:
How much do they charge for monitors and/or other items at The Pruit/The Woodlands center?
I know they charge $3.00 per gallon of paint but what else do they charge for?

posted Nov. 15th, 2011 - 7:59pm
NewtotheWoodlands says:
They do let you recycle some things even if you live in Harris County. I dropped a huge van load full of cardboard there today and they didn't flinch when I gave them my Harris County zip code. I guess they don't let you use their household hazardous waste service, though, since that costs them money.

posted Aug. 30th, 2011 - 11:20am
Interested in curbside service, even where it's not offered now? says:
Give Recycling for You a call to see if we can help. 281-251-2777.

All recycling accepted.

posted Aug. 18th, 2011 - 4:15pm
ekuemoah says:
Do they pay you for your recycled cans and bottles you turn in?

posted May. 7th, 2011 - 10:14pm
bk says:
I:m just glad to FINALLY hear there is one in Willis!!! We"ve been driving to the woodlands since the Conroe center closed. County REALLY needs to ADVERTISE the spots.

posted May. 7th, 2011 - 5:30pm
Are all recycle bins to be placed out of sight until 6pm the day before? My neighbor has his beside his house visible to me at all times!!

posted Dec. 22nd, 2010 - 1:00pm
Kathryn says:
I just wish the Conroe Center didn't have to close.It was such a great place and I recycle for 3 other people and now have to drive to Willis or Spring to Recycle.I sell my cans to help pay for my gas, buys about one gallon. I take my papers to the Montgomery Humane Society. Guess the Center was too expensive to keep up. I would have worked there for free.

posted Dec. 17th, 2010 - 5:41pm
JJames says:
The Conroe recycle center is closed permanately.

Does anyone know if they are going to open another?
Montgomery County Recycling Center -- Conroe Recycling Center
2501 North Frazier
Conroe, Texas

posted Aug. 6th, 2010 - 7:15pm
TheWoodlandsTXDotCom says:
Thanks Joey, I added the info to this page.

posted Aug. 4th, 2010 - 10:23am
Joey says:
This place is great. Staff is friendly and organized. Love having this resource!

There is The Woodlands Recycling Center off of Research Forest near TW Rec Center if you are not in Montgomery county, but are still in the Woodlands.

posted Aug. 1st, 2010 - 9:20pm
Anonymous says:
Too bad they don't include access to all of the residents of the Woodlands - just those who live in Montgomery county. And since a portion of the Woodlands is in Harris county, we are left out of having access to this resource.

posted Jun. 17th, 2010 - 8:24pm
Blairtx says:
This is a great resource, I have old computer equipment to drop off, they do charge a small fee to recycle monitors, printers and other electronics.

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