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.

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 E-Stewards Certification here.

2022 HARD-TO-RECYCLE EVENT SCHEDULE

    • June 4 – Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, Frazer Township, Allegheny County — REGISTER NOW
    • July 23 – Quaker Valley High School, Leetsdale, Allegheny County — REGISTER NOW 
    • July 30 – Next Tier Connect @ Pittsburgh East, Monroeville, Allegheny County — REGISTER NOW
    • October 1 – Settlers Cabin Park, Allegheny County — REGISTER NOW

         

Event Schedule

2022 HARD-TO-RECYCLE EVENT SCHEDULE

    • June 4 – Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, Frazer Township, Allegheny County — REGISTER NOW
    • July 23 – Quaker Valley High School, Leetsdale, Allegheny County — REGISTER NOW
    • July 30 – Next Tier Connect @ Pittsburgh East, Monroeville, Allegheny County — REGISTER NOW
    • October 1 – Settlers Cabin Park, Allegheny County — REGISTER NOW

All events require pre-registration to attend. 

Please sign up for our email list for all announcements.

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) – $5 without rims $12 with rims
  • Hard Drive Data Destruction Verification – 1st drive $11
  • Hard Drive Data Destruction Verification – each additional drive after 1st is $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 2022 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 collection event 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 am – 2 pm ** preferred
    • Morning shift: 8 am – 11 am
    • Afternoon shift: 10:30 am – 2 pm

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 [email protected].

Collection Event Sponsors & Program Partners

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

Event Sponsors:

  • Allegheny County Health Department
  • Colcom Foundation
  • Frazer Township
  • LANXESS
  • PA American Water

Our partners include:

  • Allegheny County Parks
  • Appliance Warehouse
  • eLoop, LLC
  • Liberty Tire
  • Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills
  • Next Tier Connect @ Pittsburgh East
  • Quaker Valley High School
  • 100.1 FM and AM 1020 KDKA
  • 11 Cares

Frequently Asked Questions

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 TVs, the fee 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 all forms of payment: cash, check, credit and debit cards.

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 1 pm?

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

 

Inquiries

If you have questions regarding Hard to Recycle Collections, please call 412.488.7490 x 1.