Land Management

Waste and Recycling

With the goal of reducing the volume of solid waste through though the implementation of waste reduction and recycling programs.

In 2014 and 2015, the port recycled:

CONCRETE 89872 3117.9
PLASTIC 0.16 0.2268
ALUMINUM 0.81 0.1296
CARDBOARD 15 2.8836
WOOD DONNAGE 5206 3901.79
SCRAP METAL 60.38 511.68
USED OIL (gal) 11589 883
SCRAP TIRES 140 116.51


IT Recycling:  The port supports the state’s economy and environment by repairing, reselling, donating or recycling used electronics. Choosing to recycle used electronics over landfill disposal reduces the need to process raw materials for new products.

Petroleum Storage Tanks

The port has several large storage tanks throughout our facilities.  As environmental leaders, Port Houston has implemented good engineering practices and innovative best management practices to prevent spills and minimize environmental impacts.

This awning over secondary containment tank storage area protects stormwater and was constructed from recycled Rubber Tire Gantry (RTG) Crane metal by the port’s Barbour’s Cut Maintenance Team!

Tenant and Stevedore Audits


In furtherance of its Environmental Compliance Policy, the Environmental Affairs Department of Port Houston performs environmental compliance audits at facilities operated by third parties (i.e. tenants/users/stevedores) on port properties to monitor and assess activities subject to federal, state, and local environmental laws, regulations, permits and Port tariffs (“Legal Requirements”).

The Lead Auditor or another Environmental Affairs Department Designee may conduct an onsite, unannounced verification audit at your facility to confirm that audit findings corrected in the Corrective Action Report (CAR) have been satisfactorily addressed and the facility is continuing environmental compliance after the audit.









  1. Notice: The Houston Ship Channel above the I-610 (Sidney Sherman) bridge is open to ship traffic, but daylight restricted and limited to 106’ beam and 33’ draft. The Turning Basin is limited to 25’ draft upstream of City Dock 13 and City Dock 2.