The Earth – Recycling/Hazardous Waste Disposal

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This is what the  city takes:

Curb Side Pick-Up
Newspapers  Place in paper bags or tie in bundles, Plastic (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) Glass, Metal Containers  (Aluminum, steel, bi-metal) including empty paint and aerosol cans  Rinse containers and discard all lids and caps.  Place in blue bags only (or bright blue containers clearly marked “Recycling”). Remove recycling materials from container and set away from refuse.

The City does NOT collect these items curb side:
Magazines, Catalogs, Paperboard (cereal boxes), White office paper
Junk mail, Hardcover books, Phonebooks

Recycling 412-578-8047  3901 Penn Avenue, Building #5
Pittsburgh, PA 15224-1318
Pittsburgh City Recycling Info 412-255-2631

Rain Barrels If you would like a barrel please contact us at (412) 371-3095 or e-mail  following neighborhoods can get a free rain barrel to help  storm water flow into the ground and prevent erosion. Singer, Mifflin, Overton, Sanders. Other neighborhoods are available for discounts.


To subscribe:  You can post things you need to get rid of that other people might want.  Everything has to be free – you can’t sell stuff.  You will get the specific courtesy guidelines when you subscribe. 

Agents of Change Recycling (do it for mom)

Billy Pepmeyer 412-487-5885/412-608-5483/412-487-0426 This company goes around to business; commercial, institutional, municipal and collects their recycling.. paper/cardboard/plastics(1 and 2) / glass / tin /aluminum.and maybe more..does your work recycle? call them…they are NICE too.

Advanced Recycling Technology  1-800-WASTE54 (1-800-927-8354). located in PA costs 30 bucks for first  30 lbs you can ship. .Any questions you can email us at  

Complete Computer Systems Computer processors/hard drives
Computer towers, Printers, Monitors, Donor Paper, Photo negatives
Mouse, Keyboards, Copy Machines, Televisions,Cell Phones/PDA’s
Peripherals (wiring, etc…), Stereo Systems/Radios/CD players, Portable Electronics, Telephones, Scanners, Laptops, Circuit Boards, Gaming Systems (Gamecube/Gameboy, etc…), VCR’s/DVD Player, Other Electronics, Cameras, Unprocessed photographic paper

Construction Junction  412-243-5025–214 N. Lexington (east liberty) 

Construction Junction offers recycling services for freon appliances, non-freon appliances, scrap metal, and serves as a drop off station for the city of Pittsburgh’s recycling program.

Freon Appliances
These include air conditioners, refrigerators, and humidifiers. Construction Junction will not pick up single freon appliances (unless the appliances are part of a kitchen set donation). You can drop them off at CJ during business hours. Drop-off fee is $20.00 The freon is removed and not allowed to vent into the atmosphere, where it has been linked to ozone depletion. Once the freon is removed, your appliance will be recycled for the scrap metals.  Your fee supports Construction Junction continuing to offer this service.

Non-Freon Appliances
These include dishwashers, ovens, washing machines, dryers and stoves.

Construction Junction will not pick up single non-freon appliances (unless the appliances are part of a kitchen set donation).  You can drop off old appliances (working or not) at CJ any time during business hours
If your appliance is not working, it will be scrapped. If it is working, it will go into our inventory, supporting Construction Junction’s mission.
Scrap Metal
Any steel, iron, brass, copper, aluminum can be scrapped. We have a convenient scrap dumpster located in our parking lot. Please check with staff before putting anything in the scrap dumpster. Access to the scrap dumpster is free.  If you have any old rusty metal cabinets, hardware, short pieces of steel studs, etc., bring them to Construction Junction and help us reduce our disposal costs and promote recycling

City Recycling Drop Off
Conveniently located in Construction Junction’s parking lot is a recycling drop off station. What can you drop off?  Corrugated cardboard (please flatten your boxes before arrival) Coated cardboard (please flatten your boxes before arrival) Newspaper Plastic and aluminum Phone books
White office paper Junk mail Magazines Latex Paints
We’re sorry, but we do not accept any latex based paints.
Call the city recycling number to find other locations for drop offs

Computer Recyclers 412-784-3643 —214 N. Lexington  part of construction junction open 9-5 m-f Wednesdays until 7 there is a fee for monitors but everything else is free. They take all kinds of computers and copy machines..all sorts of metals. You name it they take it. 
call for an appointment for drop off/purchase

Stereo Recyclers 412-244-0337
Don’t take boom boxes, but speakers and stereo sets yes! Also at construction junction

Tire recycling Recovery Technologies Group    100 TALBOT AVE
   BRADDOCK, PA 15104   Braddock (D) Borough, Allegheny County
Agreenspan Computer Stewardship and Recycling(866) 904-7726 . 201 N. Braddock Ave (enter on Thomas Blvd at end of bldg) Pittsburgh, PA 15208 e-mail: admin@agreenspan.orgwebsite:  call first for drop off. Serves business, government, schools, individuals. Accepts Monitors, desktop computers, labtops, printers, keyboards, cell phones, other peripherals, mainframes, cabling, fax machines, copiers, data processors.

Metal Life 412-777-1580 legal complex on river road. building 17 mckees rocks. open 7 am to 3 pm  m-f takes cans and most metals, cardboard, magazines, catalogs, junk mail.

Castrota Metals southside – 606 Hargrove road #412-431-1332 takes car batteries and most metals

Pittsburgh Recycling 412-420-6000 services 50 Vespucius st. Hazel Wood open 24 hours 7 days. newspaper, plastic containers and bags, glass clean without tops. Cardboard, all paper, hard back books. Appreciates it if you separate your paper

Glenshaw glass recycling center 1-724-443-6010 –3140 wm. flynn HWY. glenshaw/ take rte. 28 to rt. 8 aka wm. flynn hwy  9 am to 3 pm Sat only mixed glass not tops

Atlas Paper 412-431-5329   off E. Carson St. 24th and Wharton St. southside  6am to 4pm MON thru FRI cardboard, office paper, newspaper

Southwest PA Household Hazardous Waste Task Force  412.488.7452

The Task Force’s mission is to facilitate the proper collection and disposal of household hazardous waste and minimize its generation through education in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

The best method of managing Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is to prevent its generation in the first place. This involves selecting the least toxic item “to do the job” and buying only the minimum amounts necessary. Buying in large quantities is not a bargain if half of it ultimately needs to be discarded.
If the material is still usable (e.g., undamaged, still within designated shelf life), check with friends and neighbors to see if they could use it.)  Check with community groups such as Little League, Habitat for Humanity, etc. to see if they can use the product.

Automotive products:

Advance Auto Parts locations throughout the region accept used oil free of charge. Other companies, such Pennzoil 10 Minute Oil Change Centers and Jiffy Lube also accept oil in many locations. Always check with your local automotive service suppliers regarding their policies and programs. Additional information is available from the American Petroleum Institute. 

Car batteries can be returned to the seller- they are required by law to accept them.Advanced Auto Parts also sponsors a free battery-recycling program. 

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs)

Follow these guidelines to dispose of your CFLs properly:
Like paint, batteries, thermostats, and other hazardous household items, CFLs should be disposed of properly. Do not throw CFLs away in your household garbage if better disposal options exist. To find out what to do first check (where you can find disposal options by using your zip code) or call 1-877-EARTH911 for local disposal options. Another option is to check directly with your local waste management agency for recycling options and disposal guidelines in your community. Additional information is available at Finally, IKEA stores take back used CFLs, and other retailers are currently exploring take back programs.

If your local waste management agency offers no other disposal options except your household garbage, place the CFL in a plastic bag and seal it before putting it in the trash. If your waste agency incinerates its garbage, you should search a wider geographic area for proper disposal options. Never send a CFL or other mercury-containing product to an incinerator.

Hosts Hazardous waste pick up events throughout the year. Each month a different county and is selected. Check out their website for an upcoming hazardous waste disposal event near you. The price for disposal of HHW is $2.00 per gallon. We do our best to properly estimate the volume of waste that you bring to our events, but this is by no means an exact science!
We accept nearly every chemical product found in the bathroom, kitchen, basement, garage, garden shed, or workshop.

These include:
aerosol cans, automotive fluids (e.g., motor oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze, kerosene, brake fluid), batteries, chemistry sets, household cleaners (ammonia, drain openers, acid cleaners, oven cleaners), mercury thermometers, paint products (latex, oil based, alkyd based, arts/crafts chemicals, rust preservatives, creosote, water sealers, paint thinners, furniture strippers), pesticides/garden (rodent killers, insecticides, weed killers, mothballs, fertilizer),photo chemicals,pool chemicals
Also, please remember, we cannot accept leaky containers!
If you have questions about specific products, please call the HHW hotline at (412) 488-7452.

Are there products or items that you DO NOT ACCEPT at collection events?
We DO NOT ACCEPT the following:
Ammunition, appliances, prescription or non-prescription drugs, compressed gas cylinders (including propane tanks), radioactive materials/smoke detectors, explosives, flares, fluorescent tubes, leaking containers, industrial/commercial waste


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