Department of Public Works
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Public Works is dedicated to providing creative, customer-friendly service while maintaining the City's infrastructure by resurfacing streets, preserving park facilities and rehabilitating public structures.The department also meets the environmental needs of Pittsburgh residents by collecting residential refuse and recyclables and ensures public safety by responding to emergencies such as flooding, land subsidence, snow/ice storms, and other weather related catastrophes.

Public Works is comprised of four Bureaus, including Administration, Operations (Streets / Parks), Environmental Services, and Transportation & Engineering.

Enjoy the tour through our website.

Would you like to organize a one day volunteer event to clean and weed a City Park? If so, please fill out the online Volunteer Park Litter Clean-Up Application and Litter Bag Pick Up Request Form. Please note we need at least 4 weeks advance notice to secure union approval. 

Once you have submitted this form, our volunteer coordinator will be in touch with you regarding your request.  All volunteers will also be requested to fill out a volunteer liability and release form prior to volunteering.

Questions? Email

posted 10/24/14 @ 10:26 am

Visit the Collection Schedules page to find out your collection day.  You may also call the Bureau of Environmental Services at 412-255-2773.

posted 12/24/13 @ 9:00 am

Effective January 1, 2013, the City of Pittsburgh will no longer collect televisions, computers and computer peripherals at the curb. This is because the State of Pennsylvania has banned these items from landfills (see the Covered Devices Recycling Act (CDRA), Pa Act 108 of 2010). Computer peripherals include monitors, keyboards, mice, external drives, printers and other devices exclusively plugged into a computer. Do not place these items at the curb or you may be cited. These items must be taken to an electronics retail store or collection location where they will be collected for recycling purposes.

For more information on the new CDRA Act or a more comprehensive list of recyclers, please visit the DEP website at

posted 9/16/13 @ 12:00 am
Refuse and Recycling at a Glance

 Here is a quick summary of 2014 refuse and recycling procedures.

posted 9/15/13 @ 12:00 am


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