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

2014 Events

  For questions email Sarah Alessio Shea

All events run from 9am to 1pm. 


October 4th 2014
Mall at Robinson

If there are no events taking place in your area please visit our Recycling Resource Page or call 412.488.7490 ext. 236 for recycling options near you.

Events are subject to change.

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Acceptable Materials

  • 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.

2013 Recap

PA Resources Council wishes to thank all of our sponsors, partner organizations, contractors, and volunteers for making the 2013 Hard to Recycle Collections one of the most successful years ever in the ten plus year history of the events!   2013 brought some new partners into the mix including NOVA and the Appliance Warehouse who accepted polystyrene packaging material at all of this year’s events as well as GTECH who collected waste oil at our final event.  PRC was excited and amazed by the response from the general public of the addition of these materials.  As always PRC thanks our e-waste recycling partner eLoop LLC for their amazing work this event season and the Allegheny County Health Department for their continued support of these events.  See below for event and overall totals for 2013.  We are looking forward to what 2014 will bring!

April 20th – Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills: 
-700 participants, 73,225 pounds of electronics, 325 CFLs, 3600 pounds of paper, and 700 cubic feet of polystyrene

June 8th – Steel City Harley Davidson (Washington County):
-370 participants, 46,287 pounds of electronics, 1000 CFLs, 1000 pounds of paper, and 490 cubic feet of polystyrene

August 17th – City of Pittsburgh Environmental Services:
-315 participants, 29,638 pounds of electronics, 50 CFLs, 1100 pounds of paper, and 1300 cubic feet of polystyrene

October 5th – Mall at Robinson:
-795 participants, 74,144 pounds of electronics, 75 CFLs, 1750 pounds of paper, 700 cubic feet of polystyrene and 36 gallons of waste oil

Overall Totals:
-2180 participants, 223,339 pounds of electronics, 1450 CFLs, 7450 pounds of paper, 3190 cubic feet of polystyrene, and 36 gallons of waste oil

Slideshow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/prc2011/sets/72157636300639145/

A slideshow from the 2012 events CLICK HERE

A slideshow of the 2011 HTR events is also available.

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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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