Commercial Recycling & Waste Diversion

Commercial and institutional establishments have the opportunity to be the leaders in waste reduction and avoidance. The majority of waste that is produced in the City of Pittsburgh comes from this sector. It is encouraged each commercial and institutional establishment provide viable ways to eliminate waste going in and out of their facilities.

Pittsburgh City Codes §619.02(a) and §619.03(d). require:

  • All persons not serviced by the city (i.e. commercial businesses, institutions, and apartments with six (6) or more units)
  • Trash and Recycling containers and/or dumpsters must be labeled with the associated establishment’s name
  • Must establish a program to recycle the following materials:
    • Mixed Paper – White office paper, newspaper, magazines, hardcover/softcover books, catalogs, junk mail, phone books, paperboard, and flattened corrugated cardboard.
    • Aluminum and steel – cans and bottles
    • Plastics – bottles, jugs and jars
    • Glass – amber, green, and clear bottles, jugs and jars  
    • Organic waste – leaves, garden residues, shrubbery, and tree trimmings

Although not required, we encourage the recycling of:

  • Food Waste – discarded or uneaten kitchen, agricultural, or food processing

Resources to divert this material include:

Establishments should contract a private hauler to collect and deliver the recyclables directly to a processor

Reporting Guidelines

Under PA State Act 101 and §619.04(f), all recycling tonnage must be reported to the City’s Recycling Division on a quarterly or yearly basis.

Your recycling not only helps to recover valuable resources and save energy, but the tonnage reported by private haulers, businesses and institutions also enable the city to attract more funding from the State.

If a private collector is used, then the collector can provide the tonnage report to the City on behalf of his clients.

Tonnage Forms