The City of Pittsburgh is excited to start phasing in 32 gallon blue recycling bins in the fall and become bag free by 2023! All residents will receive a mailer two weeks prior to distribution along with an informational packet attached to each bin when distributed. All recycling bins will be manufactured in Pennsylvania by The Rehrig-Pacific Company.
The funding is based on grants provided by the Department of Environmental Protection, The Recycling Partnership, and the administration's commitment to move toward zero waste. The three year plan is based on multiple factors: available funds, Bureau of Environmental Services' recycling routes, recycling participation surveys, and technical assistance provided by the Recycling Partnership.
We'll be updating this interactive map as we schedule upcoming bin distributions according to our recycling routes. Check back on your address, or look forward to a postcard in the mail letting you know your bin is on the way!
Map and data credit to GIS Team - City of Pittsburgh Innovation and Performance & Bureau of Environmental Services
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Q. Will I get a Bin?
A. Only City residents who receive service from Environmental Services (single-family dwellings, duplexes, and apartments with 5 units or less) are eligible for a new recycling container through this program.
Q. Why is the City of Pittsburgh moving away from blue bags for recycling?
A. Plastic bags cause equipment issues at the processing facility. Eliminating bags improves the quality of what’s recycled and helps keep more materials out of the landfill.
Q. Where can I recycle my blue plastic grocery bags?
A. Bags can be recycled at many local retail and grocery stores.
Q. What will the containers look like?
A. Each residence will receive a blue 32 gallon recycling bin with a lid.
Q. How and where do I store my blue bins once I receive it?
A. All bins must be stored with a lid, out of view from the public right-of-way. Suggested locations: behind or beside your home, under a back porch, or inside your garage.
Q. Can I still use the bin I purchased or received from the Pennsylvania Resources Council?
A. Yes. Residents are welcome to continue using their current blue bin for recycling overflow or storage as long as it is under 35 gallons. Each blue bin will be tied to that address or service location; therefore, residents will be required to use the city-issue bin moving forward. If you have mobility issues preventing the use of the recycling bin, please contact the 311 Response Center by phone at 311 or 412-255-2621, Twitter @PGH311, or pittsburghpa.gov/311 for further assistance.
Q. When can I expect to receive my recycling container?
A. The first phase of bins will be delivered in late fall of 2020 and will continue over the span of three years. This is the time schedule we will be working hard to complete:
|Date||Neighborhood||Region||# of Bins (approximate)|
|Fall 2020||Garfield/Highland Park/East Liberty||Central 1||5,500|
|Spring 2021||Hill District/Oakland/Uptown Garfield/Friendship/Bloomfield/Polish Hill/Oakland Shadyside/Hill District (Sugartop) Morningside Stanton Heights/Lawrenceville/Strip District||Central 2||21,000|
|Summer-Fall 2021||Homewood/Regent Square/Point Breeze Squirrel Hill/Shadyside/Lincoln Place/Hazelwood/Greenfield Larimar/Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar||Eastern||29,500|
|Spring-Fall 2022||Knoxville/Bon-Air/Carrick/Overbrook Brookline/Library/Allentown/Beltzhoover/Beechview Southside Flats/Southside Slopes/Arlington/Saint Clair Village Duquesne Heights/Mount Washington/Londontown/Mount Oliver||Southern||32,000|
|2023||West End/Manchester/Northside/Chartiers City Sheraden/Greentree/Wabash/Carnegie/Manchester (Mexican War Streets) Greentree/Wabash/Carnegie/Brighton Heights/Spring Hill/Troy Hill||Northern||27,600|
Q. I can't wait for my new bin! How can I prepare?
1. Become more familiar with what is accepted in your bin at the curb.
2. Check out PGH.st find your collection day for trash, recycling and yard debris. Sign up for text and/or email reminders, too, including changes due to holidays.
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