Department of Public Works

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

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 institutions 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

Residents can drop-off their Christmas Trees for composting at any regular yard-debris drop-off locations or, in January only, at the Bureau of Environmental Services offices at 3001 Railroad Street in the Strip District. Please check which location will work for you. Thank you for keeping the Holidays Green!

Christmas Tree Drop-Off Location List

posted 12/24/14 @ 1:09 pm

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 12/24/14 @ 9:00 am

City residents can dispose of their unwanted or expired medications by depositing them in the secure Medication Collection Box located in the foyer at Pittsburgh Police Headquarters.  The foyer area is open to the public at all hours. 

posted 9/23/14 @ 3:10 pm

The final collection event of the year will be on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Bradys Run Park Recycling Center in Beaver County.   All collection events are from 9am - 1pm.


posted 9/18/13 @ 1:31 pm

The next hard-to-recycle collection event is scheduled for Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at The Mall at Robinson located at 100  Robinson Centre Drive, 15205.

posted 9/18/13 @ 1:16 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 9/16/13 @ 12:00 am
Refuse and Recycling at a Glance

 Here is a quick summary of 2015 refuse and recycling procedures.

posted 9/15/13 @ 12:00 am
Telephone Book Recycling

City of Pittsburgh residents may recycle telephone books curbside on scheduled recycling days or at one of the many drop-off locations.

posted 9/14/13 @ 12:00 am


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