Recycling Drop-off Locations

As the City of Pittsburgh is working to reduce contamination at our drop-off centers, please follow some simple best practices and guidelines below:

  • Place items loosely in the containers (dumpsters/roll-offs). This means no plastic bags! However, shredded paper must be contained in a paper bag and placed into a dumpster marked for "mixed paper" at one of the drop-off centers listed below.
  • Flatten ALL cardboard before placing it into the recycling dumpster.
  • Follow the clearly marked signs on each dumpster instructing what we accept.
  • Do not place ANY loose plastic or metal lids or caps of any kind into our recycling dumpsters.

Accepted Items

In order to reduce contamination at our drop-off centers, only the following items are accepted:

  • Cardboard 
  • Glass bottles, jars, and jugs - please use the green dumpsters
  • Aluminum and steel cans
  • Mixed paper (newspaper, junk mail, magazines, high-grade office paper, shredded paper and paper board)
    • The City of Pittsburgh no longer has dedicated drop-off bins for shredded paper. If you wish to recycle shredded paper, it will need to be placed in a paper bag and placed in a bin marked for "mixed paper".
  • Empty bottles, jugs, and jars


Recycling Contamination, and Why It Matters?

One of the biggest challenges facing recycling right now is contamination by wishful recycling or “wish-cycling”. This happens when non-recyclable objects are placed in the recycling bin with the wish it will be recycled. Additionally, recycling contamination occurs when food residue, liquids, and unacceptable materials (such as batteries, sharps, extra plastic bags, food waste, and greasy pizza boxes), are placed into the recycling can. Contaminants not only degrade the materials, boosting costs, but they can potentially cause harm to the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) and city employees.





recycling drop-off location has been closed due to persistent illegal dumping.

East End Drop-Off Center (2nd Division)
6814 Hamilton Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15208
412-665-3609 (

Hazelwood Drop-Off Center (3rd Division)
40 Melanchton St Pittsburgh, PA 15207
412-422-6524 (

West End Drop-Off Center (5th Division)
1330 Hassler St Pittsburgh, PA 15220
412-937-3054 (MAP)*

These locations also accept yard debris and tires. Only two (2) tires are allowed per day, per resident, for drop off and must have rims removed beforehand.
For yard debris, there is a $22.00 fee for cars, SUVs, pick-ups and vans with trailer. A $54.00 fee for Dump Trucks or Large Box Vans and prior approval from DPW Director is required. *Payments must be made by check or money order only (no cash accepted). Checks are to be made out to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh.* 
Drop-off centers are open Monday-Friday and may offer Saturday hours. Call each center for details and hours.


Pittsburgh residents are encouraged to bring their glass bottles, jugs, and jars of 3 gallons or less to these three drop-off locations listed below in addition to the items listed above.

Glass and Jars only, no caps or lids.



Strip District (24-hour drop-off)
3001 Railroad St Pittsburgh, PA 15201 (entrance under 31st St Bridge)
412-255-2631 (MAP)

Construction Junction 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. (Monday –Saturday) & Sunday 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM. 
214 North Lexington St Pittsburgh, PA 15208 (MAP)
Open during regular business hours