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
Batteries – Frick Environmental Center free recycling of alkaline batteries – a recycling station including a tube for batteries is just inside, near elevator. Map/directions.
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 – nothing we know of!
CD cases – made from #6 plastic that your local public works or other recycling services may not accept. Or try places that recycle these & other tech/electronic stuff (you would have to pay for shipping): CD Recycling Center of America, GreenDisk.
CFL light bulbs (Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs) The nearest place to CJ to drop off CFLs is Home Depot on N. Highland Ave. in Highland Park. The drop off box is immediately on your left as you enter the store.
Computers – Computer Reach accepts laptop computers, desktop computers, flat-panel monitors (no CRTs), keyboards, mice, networking devices, computer bags, computer wires, and computer speakers.
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 / Electronic Waste – Click here for City of Pittsburgh services, including pickup. 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.
Jurassic Junk Removal 1-877-595-JUNK (5865)
Fish tanks – Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center
Light bulbs – see here for fluorescent and incandescent. For CFLs, the nearest place to CJ to drop off is Home Depot on N. Highland Ave. in Highland Park. The drop off box is immediately on your left as you enter the store.
Packing peanuts – if you know where, please let us know!
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.
Wood – from yard or waste pallets – J. A. Rutter Co.
Yard waste – City of Pittsburgh residents – free drop off locations, be sure to read what they accept and how to bundle/bag waste before you set out! And look out for the Spring and Fall curbside collection dates!