Hard To Recycle Collections Western PA

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 fifteen years, 27,000+ residents have participated in PRC’s collection events recycling 2,000,000 pounds of electronics, 11,000 plus tires, 3,700 appliances and much more.

Event Schedule

2018 Events
All events run from 9am to 1pm

PRC will hold 5 events in 2018 –more details including acceptable materials and associated fees will be coming soon!

Saturday, May 12th 
Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills

Saturday, August 25th 
Century III Mall

Saturday, October 6th
Settlers Cabin Park 


Program Partners

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;


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. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Partial day shifts:
      • 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
      • 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 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
Sarah Shea.

Collection Event Sponsors & Partners

Event Sponsors:

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Hard to Recycle Inquiries

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