Got a hard-to-recycle item? Check out one of these collections.



Today we published a package of stories devoted to practical solutions Pittsburgh can implement — or is implementing — to mitigate the causes and subsequent effects of climate change.

Waste reduction is just one component of such efforts. And while the city implements mandatory curbside recycling for plastics, cardboard, newspapers and paper (a full list can be found here), some items aren't collected. But there are several events throughout the year for hard-to-recycle items.

Here are some upcoming collections:

— The Zero Waste Pittsburgh Project will hold a collection from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sat., April 20 — at the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills (near the Dingbat's parking lot). Televisions, computers, stereos, large speakers, ink and toner cartridges, phones, small appliances and CFL bulbs will be collected free of charge. Batteries, fluorescent tubes, small Freon-containing appliances and paper shredding will also be collected for a small fee. More information can be found here.

— The DEA will host a drug take-back day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sat., April 27, at all city police zones.

— Allegheny County will hold a household chemicals collection from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sat., May 4, at the parking lot of the North Park swimming pool. Items will be collected for a fee of $2 a gallon (cash only.) Acceptable items include aerosol cans, automotive fluids, batteries, pesticides and gasoline. A full list can be found here.

— The City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Works, Bureau of Environmental Services will be collecting leaf and yard debris from all residents in a special curbside collection on Sat., May 18. Yard debris should be placed at your normal collection site on Fri., May 17. The material will be composted.

More events will be held throughout the year. For a full list, visit the Pennsylvania Resources Council's Zero Waste Pittsburgh project calender here, or the city's recycling website here.

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