Garbage & Recycling
NEW LAW: Electronics are no longer being accepted at the curbside for garbage pick up.
Did You Know? If all morning newspapers read around the country were recycled, 41,000 trees would be saved daily and 6 million tons of waste would never end up in landfills. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to keep a 100-watt bulb burning for almost four hours or enough energy to run your television for three hours. Recycling one glass bottle causes 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than when a new bottle is made from raw materials.
Swissvale Department of Public Works:
7560 Roslyn Ave
Swissvale, PA 15218
They can be reached at 412-271-0350.
Don't throw away materials that can be recycled! Swissvale's Curbside Recycling Program is mandatory and convenient! Recycling collection is weekly following your Garbage Pickup Schedule. See below for the list of items we recycle in Swissvale.
Holiday Pick Up 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.
Example: Labor Day - Monday, Sept 5th - no collection
- Monday collection - Tuesday
- Tuesday collection - Wednesday
- Wednesday collection - Thursday
- Thursday collection - Friday
- Friday collection - Saturday (garbage only - recycling collected following Monday)
General Recycling Information
Recycling is collected every week, on the same day as your refuse collection. Place all items in bins provided by the Borough. If you need a bin, contact the Borough of Swissvale at 412.271.7101. For more information about recycling requirements visit Swissvale's Solid Waste and Recycling Ordinance.
- Glass Bottles and Jars – All colors. Rinse and discard all lids. Labels may remain on.
- Metal Cans – Steel, tin & aluminum cans such as soda, vegetable, fruit & tuna cans. Rinse all cans. Labels may remain on.
- Paper – Newspapers, office paper, brown paper bags, junk mail, magazines, paperboard (such as cereal and cracker boxes). Paper must be kept dry.
- Cardboard – Must be dry and free of food debris. Flatten boxes.
- Plastic Bottles and Containers – #1 through #5 and #7. Rinse and discard all lids.
- DO NOT INCLUDE: Food waste, plastic bags, polystyrene foam cups & containers, hangers, garden hoses, holiday lights, medical waste or hazardous waste.
- For more information please view our Recycling for Swissvale Residents PDF.
Swissvale Borough transports your recyclables to Waste Management’s Material Recycling Facility on Neville Island for processing. For more information regarding recycling visit Waste Management’s website: www.recycleoftenrecycleright.com.
Electronic Waste Update
As of January 24, 2012 it is illegal to dispose of Electronic Waste or E-Waste in a Pennsylvania landfill. All E-Waste must now be recycled and properly disposed by a licensed recycler. This includes televisions, computers, computer monitors, computer peripherals, printers and similar devices. As a result, Swissvale Sanitation cannot collect these items with weekly trash and the Borough can no longer collect and dispose of these items. Residents or property owners are responsible for assuring the proper disposal of these items.
One licensed E-Waste disposal facility in the immediate vicinity is eLoop, located at 625 Plum Industrial Court in Plum Borough. eLoop will accept E-Waste for a fee which depends on the type and size of E-Waste being disposing. Contact eLoop at (724) 519-7646 for more information.
Swissvale will also continue to accept E-Waste at the annual clean-up day in May. However, the Borough does not have an appropriate facility for storage and so cannot collect such items before the scheduled date.
Leaf/yard waste must be separated from other trash and recyclables for collection.
Leaf collection runs from November 1st through December 31st. Collection days follow the street sweep schedule, Monday through Friday. Sweep all leaves out to the curb. Interested in learning about how to turn your yard waste into a valuable resource for your plants?
Composting is nature's way of recycling. Attend a Backyard Composting Workshop offered by the Pennsylvania Resources Council to learn how to turn your kitchen scraps and yard debris into rich, home-made compost for your gardens and lawn. Participants receive a composting bin with class attendance. For more information or to find a class near you, visit www.zerowastepgh.org.
Additional Recycling and Disposal Information
Household Hazardous Waste
What is Household Hazardous Waste? Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is comprised of household products that, when mixed with other products, are either reactive, corrosive, flammable, or poisonous. These items need to be handled differently than other waste and should not be thrown in with trash or recyclables.
Some examples: Paint and Paint Products, Drain Cleaner, Oven Cleaner, Motor Oil, Ammonia, Gasoline, Antifreeze, Paint Thinner, Rat Poison, Weed Killer, Pesticides, Solvents, Household Cleaners, Pool Chemicals, Photo Chemicals, etc.
For more information on the proper disposal of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) visit Zero Waste Pittsburgh's Household Chemical Collections - Resources Guide.
Donate useable building materials such as lumber, kitchen cabinets, and windows to Construction Junction, western PA's first non-profit retail store for used and surplus building materials. Call 412.243.5025 or visit their website at www.constructionjunction.org for more information.
"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).
Residents that have accumulated unwanted or unused prescription drugs may safely dispose of those medications at a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)'s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Convenient drop-off locations will be available throughout western Pennsylvania. Visit www.zerowastepgh.org/ZW-pharm.html or www.dea.gov for details and locations.
Recycling Is Mandatory In Swissvale
Pennsylvania Act 101 (The Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act of 1988) requires commercial, municipal and institutional establishments in mandated communities to recycle a number of materials.
The Borough of Swissvale is a mandated community. The Borough of Swissvale's Recycling Ordinance states, "All persons must separate high grade office paper, aluminum, corrugated paper, [and] leaf waste ...generated at commercial, municipal and institutional establishments and from community activities and store the recyclable materials until collection."
Reporting To The Borough
All commercial, municipal and institutional establishments must annually provide the Borough of Swissvale written documentation of the amout of material recycled from the previous year. Establishments in Swissvale may use the attached form as their required documentation to the Borough.
PLEASE NOTE: It is not necessary to submit the Annual Commercial Recycling Report Form if the Borough receives a letter or statement from your recycling hauler that: 1) certifies recyclable material is being collected from your business and 2) provides a total amount of material recycled from the previous year.
For more information on the Borough's recycling ordinance or questions regarding the Report form, call 412.271.7101.
Need To Jump-Start Your Business's Recycling Program?
A waste assessment can help determine the composition of your business's waste stream and identify the types of material that can be recycled. Contact the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC), a non-profit organization specializing in waste reduction and recycling, at 412.488.7490 to schedule a waste assessment.
Every day American businesses generate enough paper to circle the earth 20 times. Junk mail creates four million tons of preventable waste each year and fills three percent of America's landfills, costing taxpayers $320 million in disposal fees annually. Recycling one ton of cardboard saves over 9 cubic yards of landfill space. If these materials are recycled they save ENERGY and LANDFILL space - which also saves MONEY!
Reducing the amount of materials in your solid waste dumpster by separating out recyclables can reduce the frequency of hauler pick-up, thus potentially cutting disposal costs. Moreover, recycling may result in the need for smaller or fewer solid waste dumpsters, leading to additional cost savings.
Practical Recycling For Smaller Businesses
A small office or retail establishment may not be able to efficiently recycle by itself, due to producing too little volume to justify the cost of collection. TEAM UP: Adjoining businesses and complexes may jointly manage recycling cost-effectively. REDUCE WASTE: Eliminate junk mail - Remove company name from direct mail lists. Make double-sided copies and re-use packing peanuts. INFORM AND EDUCATE: Familiarize current and new employees with company policy and recycling procedures.
REMEMBER: Recycling is not just the law, it also creates a positive public image for your business and demonstrates good citizenship in the community.
What are you looking for?
Recycling Pick up
Weekly following your Garbage Pickup Schedule. Items we recycle in Swissvale include:
All colors (rinsed, lids discarded)
Bi-metal and Aluminum Cans (rinsed), Aerosol Cans
Newspaper, Office Paper, Junk Mail, Magazines, Paperboard
Must be flattened
Bottles & Containers #1 through #5 and #7 (rinsed, lids discarded)
Garbage Pick up
Garbage Pickup: Garbage Pickup is performed through the services of Swissvale Department of Public Works. They can be reached at 412-271-0350.
Purchase Recycling Containers
Download the order form to purchase a blue recycling container. Price is 50% off for Swissvale Residents.
Wheels for Wishes
Wheels For Wishes is a car donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish® Pennsylvania and West Virginia. We are proud to offer an easy way to recycle or donate unwanted cars, trucks, motorcycles, SUVs, RVs, or even boats, by turning them into a wish for a local child.
Additional Recycling Resources
The following companies recycle and refurbish office equipment:
Goodwill Computer Store
2628 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Accepts: computers, 15" or larger working monitors, laser and inkjet printers, fax machines and miscellaneous cords, cables, and software.
905 Pennsylvania Avenue
Tyrone, PA 16686
Specializes in refurbishing and recycling computers.
ATM Laser Products and Services
4118 Campbells Run Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Specializes in the sale and service of remanufactured toner cartridges.
What You Can Do To Reduce Waste
- Participate in Swissvale's Clean-Up day. Look for details in the spring for event dates and locations. Contact the Borough office at 412.271.7101 for more information.
- Recycle your office paper and junk mail. Paper Recycling Drop-Off Locations (look for the green and yellow Abitibi Paper Retriever Containers).
- Word of God Catholic School. Located at 7436 McClure Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15234. Acceptable items to drop off: Computer paper, mixed paper, newspaper, junk mail, and white office paper. No phone books or cardboard, please.
- Eliminate junk mail. Stop credit card offer mailings by calling
1-800-5-OPT-OUT. Remove your name from most national mailings by
Mail Preference Service
P.O. Box 9008
Farmingdale, NY 11735-9008
- Get rid of unwanted catalogs by contacting businesses directly and asking to have your name taken off their mailing lists.