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Refuse (412-255-2773)

Each neighborhood is scheduled for collection on the same day every week.

Bulk waste (large items such as furniture and appliances) is now collected each week. Residents may place a maximum of two bulk items each week at curbside.

Recyclable items are picked up every other week.

Recycling at a Glance PDF File - a quick summary of refuse and recycling guidelines.

Collection Schedules

To find out your collection day,
please call Environmental Services at 412-255-2773.

What Refuse is Collected?

Household trash

In addition to household refuse, crews will accept chairs, bikes, small appliances, garden tools, end tables, ironing boards, roasters and grills.

Place all refuse at the designated site on collection day in plastic bags or bagged and placed into a container not exceeding 35 gallons in size.

Place needles, syringes and lancets in a hard plastic container with a tight-fitting plastic lid, labeled as medical waste.

Wrap sharp objects (broken glass/sharp metal) in heavy paper and place in a box reinforced with tape or string. Place animal feces and litter in double plastic bags and place outside the refuse container.

Where is Refuse Collected?

Curb side

CITY DOES NOT COLLECT carpeting installed by a professional, construction, building, explosive, medical, hazardous, infectious or flammable materials as well as car and automobile parts, bricks, cement, glass blocks, or marble or stone countertops.

When is Refuse Collected?

Weekly pick up

Place at curb no earlier than 7 p.m. on the night before collection and no later than 6 a.m. on the day of collection.

FREE for City residents

Protect Our Refuse Workers!

Prohibited Materials: Propane tanks, smoke detectors and chemicals are some examples of prohibited materials. For information on disposing of these and other materials which may be hazardous, please call Environmental Services at 412-255-2773.

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