Pittsburgh Resident Recycling Bins

The Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) is working to distribute 4,000 recycling bins to residents of the City of Pittsburgh. Increasing recycling rates helps to fight litter, save energy, prevent deforestation, and prevent valuable resources from entering our regions’ landfills!


To be eligible for a free recycling bin, participants must:

  • Reside within the City of Pittsburgh Limits
  • Reside in a single-family dwelling (properties with over five units are not eligible for this program)
  • Pre-register for an event at one of the links below

Only a limited number of recycling bins are available. Pre-registration is required and available on a first come, first served basis.


Register for a Recycling Bin!

Register for a free recycling bin at one of the events below.
All events run from 8 a.m. – 2p.m. Residents are required to sign up for a time slot to pick up their recycling bins.

Saturday, April 21 2018
Lawrenceville Distribution Event

UPMC Children’s Hospital Parking Lot (55th & Harrison Streets, 15201).
Register for the Lawrenceville Recycling Bin Distribution Event
SOLD OUT

Saturday, June 9 2018
Oakland Distribution Event
Saturday, June 9 at Carnegie Mellon University’s Morewood Parking Lot
Register for the Oakland Recycling Bin Distribution Event
SOLD OUT

Saturday, July 28 2018
Point Breeze Distribution Event
URA’s Parking Lot on Meade Street (7400 Meade Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208)
Register for the Point Breeze Recycling Bin Distribution Event
SOLD OUT

Saturday, August 11 2018
Fairywood Distribution Event
B Keppel Trucking at 100 Beechnut Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15205
Register for the Fairywood Recycling Bin Distribution Event
SOLD OUT

Recycling Bin Waiting List
Receive notifications as bins become available.

Please note that PRC will be providing guidance about best recycling practices at these events based on PRC’s extensive technical expertise in the recycling industry and is not based solely on City of Pittsburgh policy and recycling guidelines.


Currently City of Pittsburgh residents are instructed to place their recyclables in blue plastic bags in designated recycling collection sites on their biweekly recycling pickup day. However, excess plastic bags cause issues to recycling plants (Materials Recovery Facilities or MRFs), clogging the machinery, reducing efficiency, and placing employees at risk. Using bins reduces the need for these bags and have the ability to increase recycling rates.

By placing your recyclable materials, unbagged, in your new blue recycling bin, you’ll help keep valuable materials out of our landfills! Please continue to place your materials out in your regular pickup location on your regular recycling day.