Department of Public Works
Managing Your Waste

Managing Your Waste

  • REDUCE

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

  • REUSE

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

  • RECYCLE

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)
Set-Out
  • 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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