Residential Recycling

Residential Recycling

All residents of the City of Pittsburgh must separate recyclable items from household trash and package them for bi-weekly recycling curbside collection, per City Code §619.05(a).

What is Accepted?

  • Mixed paper
  • Office paper
  • Newspaper
  • Magazines
  • Hardcover / softcover books
  • Catalogs junk mail / phone books
  • Paperboard

Plastic (bottles, jugs and jars #1-5 & 7)

  • Beverage bottles
  • Plastic jugs
  • Food bottles, tubs and jars (3 gallons or less) no styrofoam or #6 plastics
  • No styrofoam or #6 plastics
  • Must be clean and dry. Discard all lids and caps.

Aluminum/steel cans

  • Beer / juice / soda cans
  • Food cans
  • Aerosol cans (must be completely empty)
  • Must be clean and dry

Glass (bottles, jars and jugs)

  • Beer / juice / soda bottles
  • Food jars
  • Wine / spirit bottles
  • Growlers
  • No plate glass (windows) or dinnerware (Pyrex, etc.)
  • Must be clean and dry


  • Must be flattened and either bundled or placed inside of another cardboard box for placement curbside
  • Do not include any heavily-soiled/food waste cardboard (from pizza boxes, etc.)