Northside Bin Initiative

From 2019 to early 2020, PRC is distributing blue recycling bins to Northside residents who do not currently own a bin. 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, and proof of address is required.

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.

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 visit, or you may call the City of Pittsburgh 311 response line by calling 3-1-1 or (412) 255-2621.

Bin Distribution Events

Event Information

March 24, 2020 – POSTPONED
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Stay tuned for updates. Please check back in two weeks, as we may have rescheduled.

Please contact Emily Potoczny to learn how to obtain a blue recycling bin at [email protected] or call 412-488-7490 ext. #3.

What Goes In the Bin

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