Hard To Recycle Collections Western PA

–Spring 2016 UPDATE—
With recent DEP policy changes, PRC is now able to accept televisions at all Hard-to-Recycle Collection Events beginning with the May 14th, 2016 Event. Find more information here.

Since 2003, PRC has held Hard to Recycle collections in Southwestern PA with the goal of providing responsible and convenient recycling for items not able to be recycled at the curb. At these events individuals have been able to recycle such item as e-waste, cell phones, polystyrene, compact fluorescent bulbs, alkaline batteries, Freon-containing appliances, tires and more.

Over the past twelve years, 20,000 plus residents have participated in PRC’s collection events recycling 1,690,000 pounds of electronics, 8,800 plus tires, 2,400 Freon containing appliances and much more.

PRC partners with local companies to ensure responsible and proper disposal of all materials collected at our events. Our electronic recycler eLoop LLC, a local company based in Plum Borough, is a Basel Action Network e-stewards. As a certified e-steward, eLoop adheres to the highest industry standard for recycling responsibility which ensures no disposal in landfills or incinerators, no prison labor, nor any export of toxics to poor communities. PRC’s other Hard to Recycle partners include the Allegheny County Health Department, NOVA Chemicals, and Appliance Warehouse

Event Schedule

2016 Events
All events run from 9am to 1pm

The Mall at Robinson
October 1st

 For questions or to find recycling resources convenient for you email Ross Hirschfeld

Acceptable Materials & Associated Fees

General Donations Accepted at all events


CPU (towers) / Laptops / Mice /
Keyboards / Home phones / Cell Phones /Tablets /ewaste
PDAs / UPS/Servers / Router / Modems /
Web and Digital Cameras / DVD Players / VCRs
Paper Shredders / Clock Radios / Stereos
Microwaves / Printers / Copiers/ Fax Machines /
Scanners Zip Drive/ Electronic Cables /
Video Game Consoles /
Expanded Polystyrene Packaging Material/
(CFL) Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs


All Computer Monitors (flat screen & CRT) – $15 each
Televisions – $25 each
Console or Projecton TVs – $35 each
Small Kitchen Appliances (toasters, blenders, etc), Hair Dryers, & Curling Irons $5 each
Vacuum Cleaners & Large Stereo Speakers $10 each
Alkaline Batteries $1 per pound
Small Freon Containing Appliances (window acunits, dehumidifiers) $10 each
CDs, DVDs, VHS TAPES & FLOPPY DISKS $1 per pound
Tires (car/truck) $3 without rims $7 with rims
Hard Drive Data Destruction Verification -1 Drive $11.50 each
Hard Drive Data Destruction Verification -each additional drive after 1st $3 each


Fluorescent Tubes $2 per 4ft $3.50 per 8ft
U” and Circle Lamps $2.75 each
Neon Lighting $9 per lb
Incandescent $0.75 each
Halogens $1 each
Projector Lamps $12 each

Volunteer Info

Volunteers are an essential part of each and every collection event, and volunteering is a great way to make a positive impact on the environment of Southwestern PA!  At the Hard to Recycle Collection events the public is able to drop off electronic waste, tires,  batteries, CFLs, and more for recycling.

What does a volunteer do?
As a collection volunteer, you will:

  • Participate in a brief training session prior to the start of your event
  • Perform tasks such as set up, directing traffic, handing out educational materials, and much more!

Volunteer shift is as follows:

  • Full-day shift: 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Partial day shifts:
      • 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
      • 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

PRC provides breakfast, lunch and refreshments for the day.  The events run rain or shine so volunteers are advised to dress for the weather.  Safety vests and gloves are provided to all volunteers.HTR - Volunteer Group Shot - 2013If you would like to volunteer for a Hard to Recycle Collection, please e-mail
Ross Hirschfeld.

2015 Events Recap

PA Resources Council wishes to thank all of our sponsors, partner organizations, volunteers, and contractors for making the 2015 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 year’s 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 Foundation, and The Heinz Endowments for their continued support of these events. See below for event and overall totals for 2015. We are looking forward to what 2016 will bring!

April 11th – Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills:  
-1000 participants, 111,336 pounds of electronics, 200 CFLs, 173 tires, 768 cubic feet of polystyrene, 908 pounds of batteries, 41 pounds of CDs, DVDS, and VHS tapes

April 25th – Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills:  
-900 participants, 103,887 pounds of electronics, 250 CFLs, 217 tires, 448 cubic feet of polystyrene, 805 pounds of batteries,

May 9th – Washington Mall (Washington County):
-700 participants, 94,757 pounds of electronics, 200 CFLs, 372 Tires, 256 cubic feet of polystyrene, 854 pounds of batteries , 321 pounds of CDs, DVDs, and VHS Tapes

August 22nd – Allegheny County Airport (West Mifflin):
-650 participants, 113,023 pounds of electronics, 180 CFLs, 244 tires, 448 cubic feet of polystyrene, 557 pounds of batteries, 77 pounds of CDs, DVDS, and VHS tapes

August 29th – Heinz Field:  
-282 participants, 40,721 pounds of electronics, 250 CFLs, 84 tires, 704 cubic feet of polystyrene, 383 pounds of batteries, 78 pounds of CDs, DVDS, and VHS tapes

October 3th – Mall at Robinson:
-840 participants, 62,524 pounds of electronics, 600 CFLs, 142 tires, 640 cubic feet of polystyrene, 490 pounds of batteries, 136 pounds of CDs, DVDS, and VHS tapes

 2015 Overall Totals:

  • 4,372 participants
  • 526,248 pounds of electronics
  • 1,680 CFLs
  • 938 tires
  • 3,359 cubic feet of polystyrene
  • 4,000 pounds of batteries
  • 653  pounds of CDs, DVDS, and VHS tapes


Slideshow of 2013 Events

Slideshow of 2012 Events

Slideshow of 2011 Events

Collection Event Sponsors & Partners

Event Sponsors:

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