General Garbage Information

COVID-19 Changes to Collection

In an effort to keep our employees safe during the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak, the following temporary changes to garbage and recycling collection will be implemented effective immediately:

Garbage Collection:

  • All garbage must be placed in approved containers or rodent proof bags. Loose trash will not be collected under any circumstances including loose trash in cans.
  • All bags must be tightly sealed.
  • Bags that are damaged by rodents prior to collection will not be collected unless the resident picks up the waste and places it in another bag.  (Please note that the conditions listed above are required in the Solid-Waste ordinance, we are just moving to more strict enforcement to protect our employees)
  • Bulk items will be limited to one per week per household.

Recycling Collection:

  • Loose recycling will not be collected. All materials (including cardboard) must be placed in your recycling container in order for the Borough to collect them.
    Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Garbage Pickup is performed through the services of Swissvale Department of Public Works.

Swissvale Department of Public Works
7560 Roslyn Ave
Swissvale, PA 15218

The garbage collection schedule is available here.

Holiday Pickup 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.  

2021 Holidays that will affect Garbage Pickup:

  • New Year’s Day – Friday January 1st
  • Memorial Day – Monday May 31st
  • Labor Day – Monday May 6th
  • Thanksgiving – Thursday November 25th
  • Day After Thanksgiving – Friday November 26th
  • Christmas Day – Saturday December 25th (Does not impact collection in 2021)

Example: Memorial Day is a Monday

  • Monday Collection – Tuesday
  • Tuesday Collection – Wednesday
  • Wednesday Collection – Thursday
  • Thursday Collection – Friday
  • Friday Collection - Saturday (garbage only - recycling is still collected on Friday)

Guidelines for Garbage Collection

Residents frequently ask what they can and cannot throw away in the Borough of Swissvale. The Swissvale Department of Public Works offers the following general guidelines:

DPW Will Take:

  • Furniture (couches, mattresses, chairs, dressers, tables, etc.)
  • "White Goods" (washers, dryers, stoves, dish washers, and hot water heaters)
  • Carpet that has been cut down to 4 feet in length and bundled

DPW Won't Take:

  • Household Hazardous Waste (Paint & 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.)
  • Freon Containing Appliances (Air Conditioners, Refrigerators, freezers, etc.)
  • Building Materials of any type or amount (flooring, tiles, wood, bricks, drywall, plaster, cabinets, bathroom fixtures, etc.)
  • E-Waste (computers, TVs, and other electronics)
  • Scrap Metal
  • Tires
  • Batteries
  • Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Residents who have materials that cannot be accepted during normal trash collection have a couple of options available to them:

  • Swissvale Borough Clean Up Day:

Every year the Borough of Swissvale hosts a hard to recycle event for residents to dispose of their hard to recycle items. The event takes place every year on the 3rd Saturday in May and is free for residents of Swissvale. Check the Borough Calendar for updates.

  • Donation:

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: for more information.

General Recycling Information

Recycling is collected every week, on the same day as your garbage collection. Place all items loose in bins provided by the Borough. Recycling that is in plastic bags or contains plastic bags WILL NOT BE COLLECTED.

If you need a bin, contact the Borough of Swissvale at 412-271-7101 or 412-271-0350. For more information about recycling requirements visit Swissvale's Solid Waste and Recycling Ordinance.

Materials recycled:

  • Glass Bottles and Jars (All colors, labels may remain on)
  • Metal Cans (Steel, tin & aluminum cans. Must be rinsed, labels may remain on)
  • Paper (newspapers, office paper, brown paper bags, junk mail, magazines, paperboard)
  • Cardboard (Must be free of food debris, break down any boxes)
  • Plastic Bottles and Containers (#1 through #5 and #7)

DO NOT INCLUDE: Food waste, plastic bags, polystyrene foam cups & containers, hangers, garden hoses, holiday lights, medical waste or hazardous waste.

Additional Recycling and Disposal Information

Leaf/Yard Waste

Leaf/yard waste must be separated from other trash and recyclables for collection. Leaf collection runs from approximately the first week of November until the first week of December unless winter weather necessitates trucks be converted for salting/snow removal. Collection days follow the street sweep schedule, Monday through Friday. Sweep all leaves out to the curb. All leaf waste is shredded and disposed of at a DEP permitted leaf composting site. Since the leaves are deposited at a leaf composting facility, do not place grass clippings, tree branches, other yard waste or trash in your leaf piles. Any contaminated leaf waste will not be collected until all materials other than leaves are removed.

"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: (Pennsylvania Resources Council).


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:

Pharmaceutical Collections

The Swissvale Borough Police Department has installed a prescription drop box in the lobby of the Borough Building at 7560 Roslyn Street. Residents and non-residents are encouraged to drop off leftover or expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs. This is not a drop box for illegal drugs, needles, lotions, inhalers, aerosol cans, thermometers, or hydrogen peroxide. The box is accessible during office hours Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Commercial Garbage Collection

The Department of Public Works now offers commercial garbage collection.  If you are interested in commercial collection rates please call the Department of Public Works at 412.271.0350 and ask for the Director of Public Works. A breakdown of commercial rates can be found here.

Commercial Recycling

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."

  • All commercial, municipal and institutional establishments must annually provide the Borough of Swissvale written documentation of the amount 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 412-271-0350.

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.

Environmental Incentives

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!

Financial Incentives

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. 



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 (empty)


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.

Download Trash Collection Street List

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 contacting: 

    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.

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