Pittsburgh Residential Recycling Bins

PRC has distributed 10,000+ residential recycling bins to Pittsburgh residents since the first pilot project launched in 2015.  PRC has supported this project through partnerships and financial support from the Buhl Foundation and Alcoa Foundation.

With funding from the Buhl Foundation, PRC conducts a blue bin distribution program specifically for Northside residents. To register for the Northside bin distribution, visit www.prc.org/northside.

Not eligible for the Northside bin distribution, but still want to receive a bin?

The City of Pittsburgh has launched a 3-year plan to distribute blue bins to City residents.

To sign up to receive more information as the City continues the program, please contact pittsburghpa.gov/blue-bin-info, or call the City of Pittsburgh 311 response line at 3-1-1 or 412-255-2621.

As a leader of the transition to residential recycling bins starting with our pilot project in 2015, PRC continues to support all efforts to modernize the City’s recycling program including the City’s bin distribution program.


While City of Pittsburgh residents were previously instructed to set out their recyclables in blue plastic bags, the City has updated its recycling regulations and is requesting that residents move toward placing their items unbagged in blue bins in designated recycling collection sites on their biweekly recycling pickup day. Blue bins should be no larger than 35 gallons.

Why is this change occurring? Excess plastic bags cause issues at recycling plants (Materials Recovery Facilities or MRFs), clogging the machinery, reducing efficiency, and placing employees at risk. Using bins reduces the need for bags and increases recycling rates.

By placing your recyclable materials — unbagged — in your new blue recycling bin, you’ll help keep valuable materials out of our landfills!