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.  

Garbage Pickup

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

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.

2019 Holidays that will affect Garbage Pickup:

  • New Year’s Day (Tuesday January 1st)
  • Memorial Day ( Monday May 27th)
  • Independence Day (Thursday July 4th)
  • Labor Day (Monday September 2nd)
  • Thanksgiving Day (Thursday November 28th)
  • Day after Thanksgiving (Friday November 29th)
  • Christmas Day (Wednesday December 25th)

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) 

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.

Materials recycled: 

  • 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.

Electronic Waste Update

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 ECSR. They are located at 1600 Greensburg Pike North Versailles, PA 15137. Drop off old electronics (anything with a cord, screen, or circuit board), household hazardous chemicals, bulbs and batteries at the ECS&R Recycling Center for proper and secure recycling and disposal. Fees apply, appointment required via or 412-823-3114. If you are unable to drop things off you can request a quote for pickup service via

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.


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     

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.  

Building Materials

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 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: (Pennsylvania Resources Council).

2017 Household Chemical Collection Events

2017 Western PA Hard to Recycle Collection Events

Pharmaceutical Collections

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 or 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.  

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

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.

Car donation - Wheels for Wishes

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 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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