Department of Public Works

Why it's Important

Your recycling not only helps the City to recover valuable resources and save energy, but it also generates revenue and saves on landfill costs. Recycling is mandatory for every resident, business, office and institution in the City of Pittsburgh (City Code 619).

Tonnages reported by private haulers, businesses and institutions also enable the City to attract more funding from the State. The City’s Bureau of Environmental Services provides curbside recycling collection for residences, multi-family units, and non-profit organizations that complete a service agreement form with the City.

The City also provides a recycling drop-off service for residences and small businesses.

For more information call the Recycling Division at 412-255-2631.

What's New

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

posted 12/22/15 @ 2:56 pm

The first of the City of Pittsburgh’s 2016 biannual curbside yard waste collection is coming up on Saturday May 14th. Your participation in this program helps the environment by diverting valuable resources from the landfill. Before 6:00 am the morning of pickup, please make sure to set out your materials in paper bags or in bundled lengths not to exceed 5 feet. Branches over 4 inches in diameter will not be accepted. Refer to guidelines for full details.

posted 11/02/15 @ 12:51 pm

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 7/29/15 @ 9:07 am

Check back here or go to PRC's HHW Events Listing Page for more information on the next event, participant fees and complete list of accepted materials.

posted 5/02/15 @ 1:31 pm

Check back here or go to PRC's HTR Events Listing Page for more information on the next event, participant fees and complete list of accepted materials.

posted 5/01/15 @ 1:16 pm
Properly Dispose of Unwanted Medications

City residents can dispose of their unwanted or expired medications by depositing them in the secure permanent drop-off box located in the foyer of Police Headquarters, at 1203 Western Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15233. 

The foyer area is open to the public 24/ 7. Medications should remain in the original packaging or sealed containers. Please remove or cross out any personal information.

posted 9/23/14 @ 3:10 pm
Refuse and Recycling at a Glance

 Here is a quick summary of 2016 refuse and recycling procedures.

posted 9/15/13 @ 12:00 am
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