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
  • Thursday: Regular Garbage and Heavy Garbage including bulk, brush, and tree trimming


If a holiday falls on your collection day, your garbage will be collected in accordance with the Holiday Schedule listed below. Observed holidays include New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Holiday Schedule

Monday, January 21, 2019 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)  Regular garbage collection and recycling
Monday, February 18, 2019 (President's Day) Regular garbage collection and recycling
Monday, May 27, 2019 (Memorial Day) Regular garbage collection and recycling
Thursday, July 4, 2019 (Independence Day) Regular and heavy garbage collection
Monday, September 2, 2019 (Labor Day) Regular garbage collection and recycling
Monday, October 14, 2019 (Columbus Day Regular garbage collection and recycling
Monday, November 11, 2019 (Veterans Day) Regular garbage collection and recycling
Thursday, November 24, 2019 (Thanksgiving Day) Monday 11/25 Regular garbage and recycling. Friday 11/29 Regular and heavy garbage.


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.

Trash receptacles/cans for residential waste are NOT permitted. Garbage must be contained in plastic or paper garbage bags provided by the city or similar strength bags. The bags may not exceed fifty (50) pounds when full, nor exceed twenty-five (25) bags each 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.

Prohibited Items: 

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

Hazardous Waste

To find a location to properly dispose of hazardous waste please visit Harris County Household Hazardous Waste or Earth911.


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

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

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

Brush and Tree trimmings

Waste Corporation will provide curbside collection 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. Tree limbs larger than four (4) inches in diameter will not be collected.

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