All residents of single-family homes and small apartments (five or fewer) must separate recyclable items from household trash and package them for bi-weekly recycling curbside collection, per City Code §619.03(a). The City of Pittsburgh practices single-stream recycling, which means all recyclables are co-mingled and placed into one truck and taken to a Material Recovery Facility for further processing.
Curbside single-stream recycling is easy if you follow these simple steps!
- Designate a space in your home for a recycling bin.
- Find out what you can recycle.
- Place clean recyclables loosely in a blue bin not exceeding 35 gallons or large blue bag.
- Flatten, bundle cardboard and place into another box or bin for collection.
- Place your recycling apart from regular household trash on your scheduled recycling pickup day.
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. Interested in getting a blue recycling bin? The City of Pittsburgh is currently working on a plan to distribute blue bins to residents serviced by the Bureau of Environmental Services beginning in the summer of 2020. As the City determines the program, please fill out the form to receive updates.
Find and view your home's schedule for trash, recycling, and yard-debris pickups, Landlord Waste and Recycling Fact Sheet, and Recycling FAQ below.