Hard-to-Recycle Materials


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E-Scrap Recycling

Mandatory in Pennsylvania

The PA Covered Devices Recycling Act of 2010 (CDRA) dictates that all electronic devices defined in the Act be banned from landfill disposal and must be recycled

Items that MUST BE recycled
·         Mandated devices as defined by CDRA (All televisions and anything directly connected to a computer system):
·         CPUs/Towers
·         Laptops
·         Computer Monitors – CRT and LED/LCD
·         Peripherals (mice, keyboards, speakers)
·         Printers
·         Copiers (desktop and stand-alone)
·         TVs – all types and sizes (console, desktop, rear projection, etc.)
Items not mandated but SHOULD BE RECYCLED
Non-mandated Electronic Devices: ·         Toner/Ink Cartridges
·         Answering Machines ·         Fax/Copy Machines
·         Camcorders ·         Gaming Consoles/Controllers
·         Cameras ·         Telephone Systems
·         Electronic Typewriters ·         Cell Phones
·         Radios ·         Docking Stations
·         VCR/DVD Players ·         Pagers
·         Medical Equipment ·         Remote Controls
·         Rechargeable Batteries ·         Microwaves
·         Stereos/Tape/CD Players ·         Testing Equipment

Helpful information/websites/businesses for guidance and recycling locations:

·         Recycling Resource Directory (Allegheny County) ·         Staples
·         Call2Recycle.org ·         Lowes
·         Earth911.com ·         Best Buy
·         prc.org ·         Goodwill (computers only)

Notice: Before taking any electronics to collection points or drop-off locations, residents should first contact the business location to verify items accepted.


Drop-off locations are offered by eLoop, 2010 Borland Farms Road (Export), 724/519-7646, and Evolution Recycling, 2235 Mary Street, (South Side), 412/390-3450.  Call in advance for hours and fees.  It is recommended to visit prc.org for upcoming hard-to-recycle events.

Another alternative is calling 1/800-GOT-JUNK?  They provide removal services, for a fee, for items such as TVs, appliances, carpeting, etc.  Visit their website at 1800gotjunk.com or call 1-800/468-5865.


To dispose of latex paint, solidify and place in your trash…

  • latex paint can be solidified by mixing in an equal amount of absorbent material (such as cat litter, sawdust, plaster of Paris or oil dry) and allowed to dry
  • pour thin layers (about 1″) into a cardboard box lined with plastic; allow paint to dry one layer at a time until all paint has hardened
  • for faster results, use “Waste Paint Hardener” available at hardware stores


  • pour the paint on the ground or down storm drains where it will pollute the surface and/or groundwater
  • pour it down the drain or throw liquid paint into weekly trash


Household alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9V) can be thrown into the garbage.  All rechargeable batteries (as well as button batteries) must be recycled. You can recycle rechargeable batteries at most electronic stores (ie. Staples, Best Buy, Lowes).  Recycling of Compact Florescent (CFL) bulbs can be done locally at Lowes. Please check locations previously noted for recycling information and locations throughout the Pittsburgh region.


The Borough provides a separate recycle bin for metals and cardboard located next to the rubbish bins behind the Borough building.  (All cardboard must be flattened to fit in the slot provided.)  The rubbish bins are open Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM – 4 PM, closed on holidays.  The rubbish bins are provided for Borough residents only.

MEDICAL SUPPLIES (Proper Disposal)

Serious injury and illness can be prevented by following simple steps for disposing of sharp objects and contaminated material while administering health care in your home.  Needles, syringes, lancets and other sharp objects should be placed in a hard plastic or metal container with a screw-on or tightly secured lid.  Many containers found in the household will do or specifically-designed containers can be purchased for the safe and proper disposal of medical waste “sharps”.  Before discarding the container, verify that the lid is tight.  Do not put sharp objects in any container you plan to recycle.

Improper management of discarded needles and other sharps can pose a health risk to the public and waste removal workers.  For example, discarded needles may expose waste removal workers to potential needle stick injuries and potential infection when containers break open inside garbage cans/trucks or needles are mistakenly sent to recycling facilities.  Used needles can transmit serious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis.

There have been a few recent occasions when personnel for the waste hauler were almost pricked by loose sharps.  The hauler will not collect trash if loose sharps are found.  The Borough and the hauler appreciate your cooperation in this very serious matter.


Donate your old mattress. Go to www.tuck.com/mattress-disposal/ for participating organizations as well as other disposal information.