Organizers of all special and community events that expect 200 or more individuals per day are required, under City Code §619.01(f) and §619.06(b), to recycle the following items:
Aluminum and Steel Cans
You can either:
Hire a private hauler to collect your recycling
Self-haul recyclables collected at your event to a City of Pittsburgh recycling drop-off or a recycling processor
Contact the City of Pittsburgh Recycling Division to determine logistics for the City to collect recycling at the end of your recycling event (based on availability)
You cannot simply throw containers at the issue of waste/recycling; you need a plan!
Pack-In/Pack-Out: Talk with your vendors and/or fellow event coordinators to understand who, what, where and how many materials will be generated. Establish ownership of these materials and eliminate waste whenever possible
Develop and coordinate a plan for handling and recycling the materials once collected:
Find out what programs or equipment are already available on-site at your venue. Existing infrastructure may be sufficient for your needs.
Arrange for the storage and/or return of loaned equipment (City-owned equipment must be returned the following business day)
Once you have developed your plan, be sure to actively communicate expectations/availability of recycling and disposal options with your visitors, staff and/or volunteers
Best Management Practices
Always pair your trash and recycling containers together to make disposal options both obvious and convenient for your attendees to prevent confusion and/or contamination
Use different colored bags for your trash and recycling to make sure separated materials are kept separate throughout the handling process
Break down and flatten any and all corrugated cardboard boxes and place them all on a pallet or designated collection area
Check and service your containers regularly. Pull and replace filled bags; place collected materials into a trailer or dumpster away from your main event area
The City of Pittsburgh’s Recycling Division is available to assist you in recycling at your event.
Assistance provided may include:
Determining logistics for recycling
Loaning collection equipment
Providing collection at end of your event
However, event organizers must organize volunteers or provide staff for the collection, maintenance, and supervision of collection containers during your event.
In efforts to drive positive outcomes in special event recycling, the City operates under a model of cost recovery to recoup the costs of providing equipment directly to your event.
Please see the Public Works Rate Card to see our current pricing information. We are also willing to waive fees for events/organizers willing to self-service equipment from our office.
Clearstream Recycling Stands
Color-coded, collapsible stands with selective opening lids and labels for collecting co-mingled recyclables.