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 fourteen years, 23,000+ residents have participated in PRC’s collection events recycling 2,000,000 pounds of electronics, 10,000 plus tires, 2,400 Freon containing appliances and much more.

Event Schedule

2017 Events
All events run from 9am to 1pm

PRC held five regional Hard to Recycle Collection events in 2017.  Please check back for the 2018 schedule.


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 / 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) – $20 each
Televisions – $30 each
Console or Rear Projection TVs – $40 each
Printers – $5 each
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) $3.50 without rims $8 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

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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