Hard to Recycle Collections

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HTR Contact: Sarah Alessio Shea
Phone: 412.488.7490 ext.236
Email: saraha@prc.org

What is Hard To Recycle?

The average American generates 4.6 pounds of trash PER DAY – but most Americans only recycle 1.5 lbs of such waste.

The Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) in partnership with the Allegheny County Health Department and Colcom Foundation is providing opportunities for area residents to properly dispose of a wide variety of materials at  “hard to recycle” collection events.

At these, individuals can drop off such item as televisions, e-waste (including computers, monitors, keyboards printers and more), cell phones, printer/toner cartridges, compact fluorescent bulbs, alkaline batteries, ink and toner cartridge, tires and more.

For more information on ReuseFest  CLICK HERE

Covered Device Recycling Act

What is it?
In January, 2013, a disposal ban on covered devices goes into effect in Pennsylvania, after which no person may dispose of a covered device or any of its components with their municipal waste. From this date forward, residents will be required to recycle their covered devices (televisions, computers, computer monitors, and computer peripherals).

Where can I recycle my electronic equipment?
Click HERE for a list of local e-waste recyclers

Check out the upcoming E-Waste Collection Events held by PRC

Where can I find more information on this Act?
Check out the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s website

2015 Events

All events run from 9am to 1pm. 

We are just begining to schedule events for 2015, for more inforamtion on where to recycle materials in your area please visit our Recycling Resource Page or call 412.488.7490 ext. 236 for recycling options near you.

April 11, 2015
Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills

April 25, 2015
Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills

May 9, 2015
Washington Mall, Washington County

October 3, 2015
Mall at Robinson

 For questions email Sarah Alessio Shea

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Acceptable Materials

Materials Subject to Change

  • E-waste (including televisions, computers, printers, telephones, small appliances and more)
  • CFLs, Fluorescent Tubes, Batteries, CDs, DVDs,& Floppy Disks
  • Polystyrene Packaging Material for more details CLICK HERE
  • Small Freon Containing Appliances (window a/c units, dehumidifiers, etc)
  • Tires (with and without rims)

Some fees will apply – click here for a detailed list of prices.

2014 Recap

PA Resources Council wishes to thank all of our sponsors, partner organizations, volunteers, and contractors for making the 2014 Hard to Recycle Collections one of the most successful years ever in the ten plus year history of the events! PRC was excited and amazed by the response from the general public at this yearís events and it shows in the total amounts of participants and material recycled! PRC thanks eLoop, Liberty Tire, and the Appliance Warehouse for their amazing work this event season and the Allegheny County Health Department, NOVA Chemical, Duquesne Light Watt Choices, Colcom Foundationt, and The Heinz Endowments for their continued support of these events. See below for event and overall totals for 2014. We are looking forward to what 2015 will bring!

April 4th – Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills: 
-1200 participants, 109,276 pounds of electronics, 209 CFLs, 282 tires, 700 cubic feet of polystyrene, 48 gallons of waste vegetable oil, 505 pounds of batteries, 52 pounds of CDs, DVDS, and VHS tapes

May 10th – Consol Energy Center (Washington County):
-435 participants, 52,847 pounds of electronics, 50 CFLs, 78 Tires, 350 cubic feet of polystyrene, 36 gallons of waste vegetable oil, 109 pounds of CDs, DVDs, and VHS Tapes

August 16th – Allegheny County Airport (West Mifflin):
-700 participants, 80,470 pounds of electronics, 300 CFLs, 175 tires, 700 cubic feet of polystyrene, 30 gallons of waste vegetable oil, 357 pounds of batteries, 108 pounds of CDs, DVDS, and VHS tapes

October 4th – Mall at Robinson:
-615 participants, 68,479 pounds of electronics, 375 CFLs, 272 tires, 700 cubic feet of polystyrene, 7 gallons of waste vegetable oil, 724 pounds of batteries, 134 pounds of CDs, DVDS, and VHS tapesl

Overall Totals:
-2950 participants, 311,072 pounds of electronics, 934 CFLs, 807 tires, 2450 cubic feet of polystyrene, 121 gallons of waste vegetable oil, 1587 pounds of batteries, and 403 pounds of CDs, DVDS, and VHS tapes

Slideshow of 2013 Events

Slideshow of 2012 Events

Slideshow of 2011 Events 

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Public Recycling Drop-offs Throughout Allegheny County

Through the generous support from The Heinz Endowments, the Pennsylvania Resources Council is able to provide the following indoor recycling drop offs that are open to the public year-round:

City Center Self Storage (A new Pittsburgh self storage facility) -
*Newest Addition*

20 South 4th Street
Pittsburgh PA 15219

Hours: 9 -5 Monday thru Saturday
10 -2 Sunday
Located on first floor.
Accepts: cell phones and ink/toner cartridges only.

Allegheny County South Park Permit Office
100 Buffalo Drive
South Park PA 15129

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. M-F
Located in lobby.
Accepts:  cell phones, ink & toner cartridges and alkaline batteries

City County Building
414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh PA 15219

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Located in lobby
Accepts: cell phones, ink & toner cartridges and alkaline batteries

EECO Center  
(Environment and Energy Community Outreach Center)
200 Larimer Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15206

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F
Accepts: cell phones, ink & toner cartridges and CFLs.

CCI Center
64 South 14th Street
Pittsburgh PA 15203
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY ALKALINE BATTERIES ARE ACCEPTED BY APPOINTMENT ONLY – call 412-488-7490 X246 to schedule an appointment. In addition,  the cost to recycle alkaline batteries at this location is $1.00 per pound.

Located in lobby
Accepts: cell phones, ink & toner cartridges, alkaline batteries BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, and CFLs.

CFL drop off at CCI is now sponsored by Duquesne Light Watt Choices Program!! Thanks Duquesne Light

Allegheny County Office Building
542 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15219

Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. M-F excluding Holidays
Located in the lobby of the building near room 102
Accepts:  cell phones, ink & toner cartridges and alkaline batteries

Whole Foods Market
5880 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15206

Hours; store hours

PRC thanks the Allegheny County Health Department, the City of Pittsburgh, CCI Center and Whole Foods Market for their continued participation in this successful program!

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Collection Event Sponsors/Partners


Allegheny County Health Department


Duquesne Light Watt Choices


eLoop Mall at Robonson Pittsburgh Mills

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