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).

Christmas Tree Recycling

What can be recycled at the curb? Curbside recycling is easy if you follow the rules: Just empty and rinse all containers. Only include clean paper. No sorting necessary. Flatten & bundle/tie cardboard boxes. 

  • White copy paper
  • Newspaper                                                    
  • Magazines
  • Hardcover / softcover books                          
  • Catalogs junk mail / phone books
  • Paperboard

**Shredded paper is no longer accepted at the curb and will need to be bagged and taken to one of the following drop-off locations to be recycled: East End, Hazelwood, West End, Strip District, and Construction Junction. 


  • Beverage bottles
  • Plastic jugs
  • Food bottles, tubs and jars (3 gallons or less)
  • Must be empty and discard all lids and caps.

**Large Block Foam can be taken to Appliance Warehouse; no food service items (i.e. foam clam shells, cups, or plates) they all need to be placed in the your regular trash. 

Appliance Warehouse
20 S 6th St Pittsburgh, PA 15203 US
73 McCandless Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15203 US

Aluminum/steel cans

  • Beer / juice / soda cans
  • Food cans
  • Aerosol cans (must be completely empty)  

Glass (bottles and jars)

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


  • 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.)