Other Recycling Resources
The best place to look
Reuse is the greenest choice you can make
so if an item is reusable but you don’t see anyone listed who can take it, please try to find a new user first.
- Pittsburgh Freecycle or
- the free listing part of Craigslist, or
- other area building material reuse retailers, and thrift stores are good starting points for finding a new user for your item.
A brief guide to some reuse and recyling resources, A-Z by type of material:
Appliances – see here.
Art/Craft – Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse
Bikes, child and adult –
- Red Lantern Bike Shop receives donated broken and unused bikes at 420 Braddock Ave., Braddock, PA, 15104.The bikes are then refurbished and redistributed back into the community.
- Free Ride
Books – first of all please consider whether a nonprofit social service organization, such as an afterschool program or homeless shelter could use your books. If they’re not usable, see here.
Carpet – try Steinberger Floors Call 412.276.2076 or visit their website.
Construction and demolition waste, and more Penn Waste Systems 412-771-1000
Penn Waste Systems locations welcome contractors, builders, roofers, hauling companies and the general public. Your construction debris will be sorted and loaded in their facility for recycling or disposal at a landfill. They are LEED Certified and can supply monthly reports for LEED projects. Any questions about pricing or materials they do and do not accept please contact Matt at (412) 771-1000.
We use their services at CJ, and they divert an impressive 77% of our internal waste from landfill: cement, wood, metal, drywall, glass, brick, shingles, stone, large household appliances, HVAC material, plumbing fixtures, tires, all other construction material
Corrugated cardboard – see here.
E-Waste – Click here for info from Pennsylvania Resources Council. Click here for info on permanent collection programs from the PA Dept of Environmental Protection. Click here or call 1-800-449-7587 for Waste Management’s At Your Door Program, to find out if your municipality participates and to schedule a pickup of e-waste.
Fish tanks – Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center
Light bulbs – see here.
Packing peanuts – Plastic Loose Fill Council
Paint leftovers – ideas for you to use it up creatively here. (We DON’T accept paint. Ever. Not even if it’s new unopened!)
Paper, white office paper, paper generally – see here.
Pet Stuff – things in usable condition, like fish tanks, carriers, cages etc – Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center
Plastics – see here.
Polystyrene – Appliance Warehouse, 523 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203, 412-381-8800 or at a PRC “hard-to-recycle” collection events held throughout the year.
Scrap metal – see here.
Shingles – Penn Waste Systems 412-771-1000
Styrofoam – Appliance Warehouse, 523 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203, 412-381-8800 or at a PRC “hard-to-recycle” collection events held throughout the year.
Video cassettes – check the Allegheny County Recycling Together directory.