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Use it Again, PA! Greater Pittsburgh Area Highlights
Allegheny County Recycling Information
City of Pittsburgh Recycling Information
Beaver County Recycling Information
Washington County Recycling Information
Westmoreland County Recycling Information

Use it Again, PA! Greater Pittsburgh Area Highlights

The E-House Company
1511 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Pittsburgh's Historic South Side
Phone/Fax: (412) 488-7455

Store Hours

Mondays through Thursdays: 11am-7pm
Fridays and Saturdays: 11am-9pm
Closed Sundays
Dave Shiller and Dave Molder, Co-Owners

The E House Company is a "green" retail store offering environmental products to the Greater Pittsburgh Area, while serving as a catalyst for positive change in their community. They provide quality products that benefit the environment and are healthier for you!

The E House Company recycles between 80 and 90 percent of the store's waste, and serves as a recycling drop-off site for household and watch batteries. Their store is housed in a "recycled" building, where some store fixtures are made of scrap iron and reclaimed barn wood. The E House Company is committed to providing the Greater Pittsburgh Area with products that minimize ecological degradation and maximize environmental awareness, including: Organic Clothing, Natural Body Care, Energy Efficient Lighting, Recycled Paper Products, Air and Water Filters, Organic Gardening Supplies, Environmental Books and Magazines, and Homeopathic Remedies.

The University of Pittsburgh Recycling

At the University of Pittsburgh, they recycle a wide variety of materials and encourage students to buy recycled products. Pitt recycles:
MOP-Mixed Office Paper (any grade or type), Cardboard, Aluminum Beverage Cans, Plastic Beverage Bottles, Glass Beverage Bottles, Scrap Steel, Laser Toner Cartridges, Leaf and Yard Waste, and Nickel-Cadmium Batteries - Size A-AA-C-D-9VOLT (any type of ni-cad battery, computers, wet cell batteries, and the fluorescent light tubes maintenance takes from University buildings).

To find out more about Pitt's recycling program, visit their website at

Allegheny County Recycling Information

Contact Information:
Mr. Pete Previte
Recycling Coordinator Allegheny County Health Dept.
Division of Public Drinking Water and Waste Management
3901 Penn Ave.- Building #5
Pittsburgh, PA 15224-1347
Phone: 412-578-8390
Fax: 412-578-8053

From Aleppo to Wilmerding and Bridgeville to Pittsburgh, recycling in Allegheny County is overseen by the Allegheny County Health Department Division of Public Drinking Water and Waste Management.

On their website,, you can find a listing of places to take recyclable and reusable material in North, South, East, and West Allegheny County, and in Pittsburgh proper. You can also contact your municipality to find out if your community has a curbside recycling program.

The Allegheny County Recycling website lists places where you can recycle the following materials:

Aluminum cans, appliances, automobile parts, automotive oil/antifreeze, batteries-household, batteries-automobile, binders-vinyl, building materials, cardboard, carpets, clothing/household goods, computers, concrete-brick-block-asphalt, cooking grease-fat-bones, crayons, disks for computers, gasoline-diesel fuel, glass, laser toner cartridges, magazines and catalogues, mercury, newsprint, paint, pallets, paper, phone books, plastics (HDPE-PET), plastics (six-pack rings), polystyrene loose fill (packing peanuts & bubble wrap), scrap metals, steel/Bi-metal cans, tires, transparencies (3-M), videotapes wood, and yard debris.

It also lists places that will take your old appliances, sometimes at a fee, and remove the freon or CFC gases. Freon and CFC gases, usually contained in refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners, can damage the ozone layer if they are released improperly.

Please visit the Allegheny County Recycling website to find help properly disposing of, recycling, or reusing goods not found on the Use it Again, PA website. However, just as on the Use it Again, PA website, please CALL these businesses ahead of time to ensure their cooperation and save you time.

City of Pittsburgh Recycling Information

Contact Information
At the Curbside
Recycling Drop-Off Locations
Commercial Recycling Program
In-School Recycling Program
Community and Social Events Program

Contact Information

Department of Public Works
Bureau of Environmental Services
Recycling Division
3001 Railroad Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Phone: 412-255-2631

One municipality in Allegheny County that has a residential, curbside recycling program is the City of Pittsburgh. In Pittsburgh, residents can place some recyclables At The Curbside for collection by city crews, as well as take other recyclables to Recycling Drop Off Locations. Pittsburgh also has a Commercial Recycling Program and an In-School Recycling Program.

The City of Pittsburgh recycling website,, is a good resource for Pittsburgh recycling information.

At the Curbside

In the City of Pittsburgh, recyclables are collected at the curbside every other week on your trash day. Call 412-255-2780 to find out which week to recycle.

Recyclables collected at the curbside include:

Newspapers (including inserts)
Place newspapers in a paper bag or tie with a string.
Magazines, catalogues, and office paper need to be taken to a recycling drop-off location.
Every year from November to January, a special program is conducted for telephone book collection.
Call the Recycling Division for details.

Commingled materials (steel cans, aluminum cans, clear and colored glass, and #1 and #2 plastic bottles - no lids please)
Rinse containers and place commingled materials in a blue plastic bag.
Please discard all plastic caps.

Recyclables are not collected on New Years Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Election Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Recycling Drop-Off Locations

In addition to the curbside recycling program in Pittsburgh, residents can take recyclables to five different Recycling Drop-Off locations around the city.

Drop-off materials include:

These materials can be dropped off at:

Hours of Operation:

The drop-off locations are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm all year round, and on the following Saturdays in 2002: April 27, May 18, June 29, July 27, August 24, September 28, October 26, November 23.

Commercial Recycling Program

Under City of Pittsburgh Ordinance No. 37 of 1990, all commercial establishments in Pittsburgh are required to recycle high grade office paper, corrugated cardboard, aluminum cans and leaf waste, if applicable.

To start recycling pick-up at your commercial establishment, visit the City of Pittsburgh recycling website,, to find the contact information for a commercial recycling hauler.

In-School Recycling Program

The City of Pittsburgh collects white and mixed paper, old corrugated cardboard and beverage containers from city schools and conducts educational awareness programs. "Buster," the waste-busting recycling mascot, is a schoolhouse favorite!

Community and Social Events Program

The City of Pittsburgh assists special event organizers to collect bevereage containers and corrugated cardboard at their events for recycling. Recycling trailers as well as other recycling receptables are placed at various locations throughout the event site.

Organizers can also work with the division to organize "Green Teams" for the collection of recyclables during large events. If you are organizing an event, be sure to check in with the Recycling Division for assistance.

Beaver County Recycling Information

Contact Information:
Charles J. Raabe, Director
Dept. of Waste Management
469 Constitution Blvd.
New Brighton, PA 15066
Phone: 724-843-9450
Fax: 724-847-1058

The New Brighton Borough offers curbside recycling to all of its residents, including newspaper, #1 and #2 plastics, aluminum cans, tin or steel cans, brown, clear, and green glass, magazines, and catalogs.

For complete information about drop-off centers and recyclable materials for Beaver County, visit their recycling website at

Washington County Recycling Information

Contact Information:
Chad Roule, Recycling Coordinator
Washington County Planning Commission
Room 701 Courthouse Square
100 West Beau St.
Washington, PA 15301
Phone: 724-228-6811
Fax: 724-250-4110

Washington County's recycling efforts are organized according to each township, with the townships of Canton, Chartiers, Cecil, Union, East Washington, North Strabane, and South Strabane offering curbside recycling ranging from once-a-week to once-a-month.

The City of Washington offers once-a-month curbside pickup within city boundaries, including newspaper, #1 and #2 plastics, aluminum cans, tin or steel cans, brown glass, clear glass, and green glass.

Westmoreland County Recycling Information

Contact Information:
Mr. Jack Driscoll
Executive Director
Westmoreland Cleanways
105 West Fourth Street
Greensburg, PA 15601
Phone: 724-836-4129
Fax: 724-836-5597

Every year, PA CleanWays of Westmoreland County publishes a free recycling guide outlining all of the curbside and drop-off programs in the county, which is distributed with the Tribune-Review newspaper. PA CleanWays, the newly appointed recycling coordinators in Westmoreland County and strong advocates against illegal dumping, maintain a website ( with the most basic information about how to properly dispose of the most common household products safely, offering suggestions for how to contact the correct recycling center with specific questions.

The City of Lower Burrell has set up its own biweekly curbside system, including #1 and #2 plastics, aluminum cans, tin or steel cans, as well as brown, clear, and green glass. Specific news regarding the Lower Burrell recycling program can be found at

New Kensington residents recycle curbside newspaper, aluminum cans, tin or steel cans, nonferrous metal, brown, clear, and green glass within city limits.

The Penn Township covers a large area, coordinating curbside recycling every other Wednesday, and specific information regarding preparing items for recycling, pickup schedule, and links to other Penn Township information can be found at

Hempfield Township, Mt. Pleasant Township, Murrysville Municipality
( and Youngwood Township ( all offer curbside recycling pickup services for all their residents.

Residents of the City of Jeannette receive free bi-weekly curbside recycling pickup of aluminum cans, tin or steel cans, brown glass, clear glass, and green glass. For more information about recycling within the Jeannette city limits and the schedule for curbside pickup, please call (724) 527-4000.

The City of Greensburg offers curbside recycling pickup service every Wednesday, including #1 and #2 plastics, aluminum cans, tin or steel cans, brown glass, clear glass, and green glass. For specific questions regarding Greensburg's residential recycling program, call (724) 235-2140.