Blue Bin Webinar Teaches Pittsburgh Residents to “RECYCLE RIGHT”

Posted by: Mary Beth Mueller on March 17, 2021




In conjunction with the City of Pittsburgh’s blue recycling bin distribution program, residents can learn to RECYCLE RIGHT by taking part in a free online workshop.

The 30-minute webinar, presented by the Pennsylvania Resources Council, spotlights bin use as well as options for disposing of hard-to-recycle materials.

“Education is a key component of successfully transitioning to the bag-free collection system, and we’re excited to offer a variety of opportunities for residents to learn more about what goes in the bin and what does not,” said Teresa Bradley, Pittsburgh’s recycling supervisor.  “While many people think they’re recycling correctly, they’re actually tossing in plastic containers – such as yogurt tubs, K-cups and take-out clamshells – that do not belong in a blue bin.  Plus there’s the issue of how you can responsibly dispose of scrap metal, tires, yard debris, household chemicals and e-waste, so we want to make sure residents have an opportunity to learn to recycle correctly.”

The first series of webinars will take place on the following dates:

Sunday, March 21, at 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 24, at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 10, at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 24, at 10:30 a.m.
Monday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m.
Monday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m.
Spanish language webinar on Wednesday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m.

Residents can register for a free webinar session at

During the online workshop, individuals will learn how to prep and place recyclables in the blue bin.  They’ll also discover options for recycling electronics, chemicals, tires, yard debris and much more.

Pop-up events taking place in the Spring will provide several in-person opportunities to learn more.

When using a blue bin, residents must loosely place recyclables in the bin and not in plastic bags.  They can deposit glass and plastic bottles, jugs and jars (lids removed), aluminum and steel cans, and mixed paper.  Clean cardboard must be flattened and placed into another box or bin for collection.

“The City of Pittsburgh is now offering residents a method that makes it easy for people to create the habit of single-stream recycling, which allows residents to combine all recyclable materials in one container, ” said Mayor William Peduto. “Blue bins offer many advantages such as saving on costs for both residents and the City, providing high-value recyclables to the circular economy, and cutting contamination.”

The City’s two-year campaign provides 100,000+ blue recycling bins to all single family homes, duplexes and apartment buildings with five or fewer units.  Phase 2 launches in May 2021 to serve central and eastern neighborhoods.

Learn more about the 2021 Blue Bin Rollout at, 311 City Response Center, Twitter @PGH311 and PGH.ST.

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