Public Works

Department of Public Works Truck - Swissvale


Contact Information:

Swissvale Department of Public Works
7560 Roslyn Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
(412) 271-0350

Year-Round Services:

Garbage Pickup:

Garbage collection is performed by the Swissvale Department of Public Works. Please contact them at 412-271-0350 with any questions. For a full garbage collection schedule by street, please visit the Garbage & Recycling Page.

You can also download our Garbage and Recycle Schedule

Garbage and Recycling operate on a delayed schedule when holidays fall during the week. Collection will occur one day after the regularly scheduled pick up.

Holidays that affect Garbage Pickup include: 

  • New Year’s Day     
  • Memorial Day       
  • Independence Day   
  • Labor Day    
  • Thanksgiving Day     
  • Day after Thanksgiving    
  • Christmas Day

Recycling

Recycling is collected weekly following your Garbage Pickup Schedule. Items we recycle in Swissvale include: all grades of paper, steel and aluminum cans, #1-#5 & #7 plastics, cardboard, and all colors of glass. Bins can be picked up at the Borough Building and are free for residents. Information on what materials can be recycled can be found on the Garbage & Recycling Page.

As of January 1, 2020, recycling cannot be picked up if it is in a plastic bag. Any plastic bags (disposable shopping bags, garbage bags etc.) will be left behind.

"Hard to Recycle" Items

Check out "Hard to Recycle" and "E-Waste" events where you can safely dispose of or recycle items such as tires, large appliances, computer equipment, and latex paint. For dates, fee structure and locations visit the website: www.prc.org (Pennsylvania Resources Council).

Additional Services

  • Street/Sidewalk Opening (Requires a Permit)
    • Any work done in the street and any replacing of utilities under the sidewalk require a permit. Permit applications can be obtained in the Administrative Office.
  • Handicap Signage
    • Signs can be placed in front of the homes of residents who have obtained handicap placards issued by PennDOT. Residents who would like to request a sign are asked to present their handicap placard, wallet card, and valid driver's license.
  • Sign Repairs & Replacements
    • Public works repairs and replaces various street signs throughout the year.
  • Reporting Streetlight Outages to Duquesne Light
    • To report a streetlight outage the best option is to contact Duquesne Light directly at 412.393.7100. If that option does not work for you, the second option is to contact the Department of Public Works. When you call you will need the pole number and the address of the nearest house.

Seasonal Services

Crosswalk Painting

Crosswalk painting is seasonal activity that occurs through the Spring and Summer as weather permits.

Street Sweeping

Download Street Sweeper Schedule for 2021

As part of a consent order issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP), the Borough of Swissvale is required to have yearly street sweeping from April 1st through November 1st in order to limit pollutants entering into the storm sewer system. Click here to download a copy of the street sweeping schedule.

Leaf Collection

The Borough of Swissvale’s leaf collection operates from the first week in November for approximately five (5) weeks or until significant snowfall requires converting trucks for plowing and salting operations. Leaf collection follows the posted street sweeping schedule.

This service is for the collection of leaves only. Swissvale uses a high-powered leaf vacuum and mulching machine which simultaneously collects and mulches the leaf waste before it enters the collection container on the truck. The fine blades in the mulching mechanism can be damaged by other yard waste, grass clippings, twigs and dirt. Leaf piles which contain a large amount of material other than leaves will not be collected.

Leaves must be raked to the edge of the street by 7:00 a.m. on collection day. Due to the heavy volume of leaves each fall, the collection vehicle can only make one pass on each side of the street and cannot return for leaves that were not at the curb prior to collection.

Winter Road Maintenance

DPW employees are on call 24 hours per day/seven days a week during the winter season to keep the roads passable for motorists. When snow and ice conditions are predicted, DPW employees work alternative schedules to ensure a quick response time to the winter storms.  

During snow and ice storms, the Department of Public Works would like to offer the following suggestions to expedite road maintenance and minimize damage to parked vehicles:

  • Utilize driveways, garages or other off-street parking when snow and ice are predicted.
  • Park as close to the curb as possible.      
  • Fold in the mirror on the street side of your vehicle. 
  • Do not throw or blow snow from sidewalks or driveway onto the road.

Following these suggestions will assist the Department of Public Works in keeping the roads clear of snow and ice throughout the winter season.

Annual Events

Every year Swissvale Borough hosts a clean-up day in the Spring.  Activities begin at 9:00 AM at the Public Works Garage. Volunteers are needed to collect trash and debris from streets, sidewalks, parking lots and alleys in and around the business district. Rakes, shovels, gloves and trash bags will be provided to all volunteers along with a Swissvale Clean-Up T-Shirt.

A simultaneous collection of household waste and hard-to-recycle items such as electronics (TVs, VCRs, DVD players, computers, monitors, peripherals, etc.), household hazardous waste (paint, cleaning agents, oils, antifreeze and other household chemicals), tires, batteries and propane tanks will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Les Getz Memorial Park on Church Street. This collection is for Swissvale Borough residents only. Residents must bring proof of residency when they drop off their trash and recyclables. Multiple dumpsters will be available for the dumping of bulky waste, non-freon containing appliances, house clean-outs and other items.

 This is an excellent opportunity to rid your house of unwanted and hard-to-dispose-of items and there is no cost to participate. Lunch will be provided to volunteers after the event and all registered volunteers will be eligible to win prizes!

Please contact the Swissvale Borough Department of Public Works at 412-271-0350 with any questions.

 

Contact Public Works

Director:  Greg Bachy
7560 Roslyn Street
Swissvale, PA 15218
Office Hours:  7:00 am - 3:30 pm
Phone:  412-271-0350
Fax:      412-271-5441  

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