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

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

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 5/03/15 @ 9:00 am
Safely Dispose of Common Household Chemicals

Get rid of your unneeded or expired household chemicals responsibly by attending one of the Pennsylvania Resources Council's 2015 Household Chemical Collection events. Held on Saturdays, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, rain or shine. The next event is:

Saturday August 29th, 2015 
Heinz Field, Gold Lot 1A Parking
Art Rooney Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15212

Go to PRC's HHW Event Listings Page for more information on participant fees and complete list of accepted materials.

posted 5/02/15 @ 1:31 pm
Hard-to-Recycle Collection Event

Wondering how to recycle that unwanted e-waste, cell phones, polystyrene, compact fluorescent bulbs, alkaline batteries, Freon-containing appliances, tires and more in one spot? For year round options, please check out the City of Pittsburgh Recycling Newsletter or call the recycling division at 412-255-2631. If you can wait, then take it ALL to the next Pennsylvania Resources Council Hard-to-Recycle Event. Held on Saturdays, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, rain or shine. The next event is:

Saturday August 22nd, 2015 
Allegheny County Airport
12 Allegheny County Airport
West Mifflin PA 15122

Go to PRC's HTR Events Listing Page for more information on 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 2015 refuse and recycling procedures.

posted 9/15/13 @ 12:00 am


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