Northside Bin Initiative

Only a limited number of recycling bins are available. Pre-registration is required and available on a first come, first served basis. Registrants MUST reside in one of the 18 Northside neighborhoods to qualify.

In partnership with the Buhl Foundation the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) will be distributing 32-gallon recycling bins to qualifying residents of the City of Pittsburgh’s Northside neighborhoods. Register for one of our distribution events below to join the modernization of Pittsburgh’s recycling system.

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. PRC will distribute bins to registered participants residing in the Northside at several events from early October through November 2019.

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

  • Reside within one of the 18 Northside neighborhoods within the City of Pittsburgh (we will need proof of address)
  • Reside in a single-family dwelling (properties with over five units are not eligible for this program)
  • Pre-register for recycling bin below

If you do not live on the Northside but are interested in making the switch to containerized recycling collection please join PRC’s recycling bin contact list HERE

2019 Bin Distribution Events

What Goes In the Bin

Your use of a blue bin can help increase recycling rates, which helps to fight litter, save energy, prevent deforestation, and prevent valuable resources from entering our region’s landfills.

As part of the City of Pittsburgh’s new recycling regulations, City residents are being asked to begin placing recyclables loose in a blue bin and set the bin in a designated area for their pickup day. While blue plastic bags were once the norm, residents who discontinue use of the plastic bags in favor of a bin will improve the quality of recycling for themselves and their neighbors. Excess plastic bags cause issues to recycling plants (Materials Recovery Facilities or MRFs), clogging the machinery, reducing efficiency, and placing employees at risk.


The City of Pittsburgh provides all of it’s residents with single-stream recycling. This means that all of your recyclable materials can go into the same bin and don’t need to be sorted by type. Recyclables in this section of the Northside are picked up every other Monday, with occasional changes due to holidays and weather.

Simply place the following recyclable materials, unbagged, in the recycling bin and set them out at your collection site on your regular recycling pickup day.

Paper – Newspaper, office paper, glossy paper, magazines, catalogs, paperboard, phone books, hard cover books, junk mail, and more. Be sure that your paper is dry and free of food or greasy residues.

Plastic Containers – Plastic bottles, jugs and jars (numbers 1 & 2). These include: beverage bottles, detergent bottles, food containers, and more.

Glass – Bottles and jars of any color are recyclable.

Metal Containers – Steel, aluminum, tin, and bi-metal cans and containers are recyclable. Should be wiped clean of food and grease.

Corrugated Cardboard – Boxes should be flattened and placed in the recycling bin. If the cardboard is too large to fit in the recycling bin please bundle with string or twine and place next to the bin. Pizza boxes ARE recyclable if free of food, wax paper, and excess grease.



What Doesn't Go in the Bin

Please do not include the following in with your recyclable materials:

  • Food or Yard Waste
  • Plastic bags or other plastic film
  • Polystyrene cups, containers, or other foam products
  • Ceramics
  • Broken glass
  • Medical waste
  • Used paper towels or tissues

Other Recyclable Materials

Electronics cannot go in your curbside recycling. Check the list below to recycle items properly and to keep your valuable materials out of landfills.

Electronics – Bring your computers, printers, cell phones to the following locations.

NOTE: Goodwill, Construction Junction, Staples, and Best Buy no longer accept electronics.

Household Chemicals – Bring your old household cleaners, paints, pesticides, varnishes, automotive fluids to the following location:

Freon Appliances – Bring any household item containing Freon to the following locations:

  • Appliance Warehouse – No charge to drop materials off.
  • Duquesne Light Refrigerator/Freezer Recycling – Duquesne Light customers can schedule a pick up at 1-877-270-3521.
  • Construction Junction – Accepts Freon-containing appliances for $10/each.

Plastic Bags or Film – Bring plastic bags or film to your local grocery store to recycle.

Tires – Bring rimless tires (limit 2 per day) to the following Public Works drop-off locations.

  • East End Drop-Off Center – North Dallas Avenue at Hamilton Avenue
  • Hazelwood Drop-Off Center – Melanchton Avenue (Off 5200 block of Second Avenue)

Unwanted or Expired Medications – Place in the secure Medication Collection Box at the Pittsburgh Police Headquarters – 1203 Western Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15233.

Yard Waste, Grass, and Leaves – Bring these materials to the following Public Works drop-off locations.

  • East End Drop-Off Center – North Dallas Avenue at Hamilton Avenue
  • Hazelwood Drop-Off Center – Melanchton Avenue (Off 5200 block of Second Avenue)


Get answers about recycling or submit your comments about the bin initiative.