Hard To Recycle Collections

Since 2003, Pennsylvania Resources Council has held Hard to Recycle collections in Southwestern PA. The goal is to provide responsible and convenient disposal for items that are not eligible for curbside recycling.  At these events, individuals have been able to recycle items such as e-waste, cell phones, polystyrene, Freon-containing appliances, tires, and more.

Over the past 16 years, 31,000+ residents have participated in Hard to Recycle events. We have recycled 2,000,000 pounds of electronics, 12,000 plus tires, 3,700 appliances, and much more.

Pennsylvania Resources Council has further committed to the safe, ethical, and responsible recycling outlet of electronic waste through recognition by the Basel Action Network (BAN), as an E-­Stewards® Enterprise. You can learn more about our E-Stewards Certification here.

Event Schedule



All events require pre-registration to attend. Registration will open one month prior to each event. 

Please sign up for our email list for all announcements.

Due to the ever changing COVID-19 outbreak, all event dates, locations, acceptable materials and associated fees are subject to change. Check back frequently for the most up-to-date list of PRC collections events, hours, fees, and list of acceptable materials.


Pop Up E-Waste Collections

Through the generous support of Sustainable Sewickley, PRC will conduct pop-up e-waste collection events on designated weekdays.  This pilot program takes place in 2021 at two locations in Allegheny County.

Individuals can drop off cell/home phones, computer towers and peripheral equipment (keyboards, laptops, mice, etc.) and video game consoles/DVD players at no cost, while for a fee, individuals can drop off televisions, computer monitors and printers. All participants will be charged a $5 participation fee on site.

Registration for October Pop Up E-Waste Collections is open. Please visit www.prc.org/PopUpEWaste/ to select a date and register for a drop-off time.

The 2021 PRC pop-up e-waste collection campaign is sponsored by Michael Brothers Hauling & Recycling and Sustainable Sewickley.

Acceptable Materials & Associated Fees

Please note acceptable materials and associated fees are subject to change. Please check back frequently for updates.

Materials Collected for a FEE:

  • All Computer Monitors (flat screen & CRT) – $20 each
  • Televisions – $30 each
  • Console or Rear Projection TVs – $40 each
  • Printers – $5 each
  • Small Freon Containing Appliances (window ac units, dehumidifiers) $10 each
  • Fluorescent tubes:  $2 per 4 foot tube
  • Tires (car/truck) $4 without rims $10 with rims
  • Hard Drive Data Destruction Verification -1 Drive $11.00 each
  • Hard Drive Data Destruction Verification -each additional drive after 1st $3 each

Materials Collected at NO Cost:

  • CPU (towers), laptops, mice, & keyboards
  • Home phones & cellphones
  • Tablets & UPS
  • Servers, routers, & modems
  • DVD Players, VCRs, & stereos
  • Microwaves
  • Copiers & scanners
  • Electronic cables
  • Video game consoles
  • Expanded Polystyrene packaging material
  • Glass bottles, jugs, and jars (all colors, labels and lids can remain on)

We are NOT accepting batteries, CFLs and media (VHS, DVDs, Cassette tapes) at 2021 events. Visit www.greendisk.com for mail-in media recycling options. For battery and CFL recycling visit Batteries Plus Bulbs (call 412-366-3658) for locations close to you.

Volunteer Info

What does a volunteer do?
As a Event Collection volunteer, you will:

  • Participate in a brief training session prior to the start of your event.
  • Perform tasks such as directing traffic, taking surveys, handing out educational materials, and much more. You will be engaged.
  • Volunteers can work full or half-day shifts:
    • Full-day shift: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m ** preferred
    • Morning shift: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m
    • Afternoon shift: 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m

Volunteer Recognition
To show our appreciation, all volunteers at collection events will receive the following:

  • Breakfast, lunch, & refreshments
  • Safety gear such as vests & gloves
  • That warm fuzzy feeling that comes from helping a good cause

The events run rain or shine, so volunteers are advised to dress for the weather.

If you would like to volunteer at a Hard to Recycle Collection, please contact Sarah Shea at [email protected] or call (412) 488-7452.

Program Partners

Our organization partners with local companies to ensure responsible and proper disposal of all materials collected at our events.

Our partners include:

  • eLoop, LLC
  • Appliance Warehouse
  • Liberty Tire
  • Covanta
  • Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills
  • Bethel Park High School
  • Quaker Valley High School
  • La Roche University
  • Next Tier Connect @ Pittsburgh East
  • Allegheny County Parks
  • Rose Tree Park

Collection Event Sponsors

Event Sponsors:

  • Allegheny County Health Department
  • Colcom Foundation
  • Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania
  • Frazer Township
  • PA American Water
  • 100.1 FM and AM 1020 KDKA
  • Law Offices of Winifred M. Branton



Frequently Asked Questions

For a great overview, check out “What to Expect at a Hard to Recycle.”

Q: Do you take TVs?  If so, what is the cost?

A:  Yes, we take Televisions of all sizes.  Our fees are $30 for televisions. For rear projection or console TV’s, it is $40. To see our complete list of fees, click on the Acceptable Material & Associated Fees tab on this page.

Q: What forms of payment do you accept at these events?

A.  We accept cash, check, credit, or debit at our events.  To keep the event as “contactless” as possible we are asking folks to use credit or debit cards for payment.

Q: Is there anyone on-site to help me unload?

A:  Yes. The event is a drive-through event, participants are asked to stay in the vehicle at all times. We work alongside volunteers on site to unload materials from all participant vehicles.

Q: Do you unload vehicles past 1pm?

A: The line shuts at 1 pm, and everyone who is in line by 1 pm will have their materials unloaded.



If you have a question regarding Hard to Recycle Collections, please call Emily Potoczny at 412.488.7490 x 3.