Department of Public Works
Managing Your Waste

Managing Your Waste


Buy only what you need; limit the amount of excess and/or single-use goods


Find ways to reuse or donate goods that can provide value or utility to someone else


Be sure to separate recyclable materials from your household trash

Accepted Materials

In addition to common household trash, we also accept:

  • Chairs, Bikes, Small Appliances
  • Garden Tools, End Tables, Ironing Boards
  • Roasters and Grills
  • Bulky Waste (Limit Two Items Per Week)
  • Place refuse out for collection in a container with a tight-fitting lid not exceeding 35 gallons in capacity OR in sealed plastic bags/bundles less than three feet in length
  • Place needles, syringes, and lancets in a hard plastic container with a tight-fitting plastic lid, labeled as medical waste
  • Wrap sharp objects (broken glass/sharp metal) in heavy paper and place in a box reinforced with tape or string
  • Place animal feces and litter in double plastic bags and place outside the refuse container
  • Place refuse at the curb no earlier than 7:00 p.m. on the night before collection and no later than 6:00 a.m. on the day of collection
Outdoor Storage
  • Refuse shall be stored until collection in durable, water-tight containers having a close, fitting lid
  • Owner/landlord should have a sufficient number/capacity of containers on the premises to prevent overflow of materials
  • Waste shall not be accumulated on any abutting sidewalk, street or vacant ground

Unaccepted Materials

The city does not Collect:

  • Hazardous, Infectious, Explosive or Flammable Material
  • Carpeting Installed by a Professional 
  • Bricks, Cement, Glass Blocks, Marble or Stone Countertops
  • Car and Automobile Parts, Tires
  • Covered Electronics Devices
  • Freon Appliances
  • Batteries, Light Bulbs, Wet or Oil-Based Paints

Be sure to visit our Materials Recovery Map to explore additional options for re-use, recycling or responsible disposal of various items. 


Protect Our Refuse Workers!

Did you know? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, refuse/recycling collection is one of the most dangerous jobs in America. Look out for our workers and your neighbors:

  • Please stay back 50 feet from refuse and recycling vehicles
  • Slow down and look for workers before you attempt to go around any truck
  • Follow the proper set-out guidelines to prevent work-related injury 
  • Do not include any prohibited materials in your curbside trash

For more information on disposal of hazardous items and other safety tips, please call Environmental Services at 412-255-2773.

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