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Garbage and Recycling Changes 2019

Posted on: October 4th, 2018 by nstarzynski



What’s Changing?
1. Trash Collection– Bethel Park will start using Automated Trash Collection instead of manual collection beginning on April 1, 2019.
2. Yard Waste – A special collection vehicle will be located at the Public Works Building once per month from April – September for yard waste drop-off instead of picking up curbside the 3rd Saturday each month.
3. Leaf Waste – Curbside leaf waste pick-up will increase to 8 times per year, once in the spring and 7 times in the fall.
4. Contractor – Waste Management was awarded the new contract and will begin services January 1, 2019.
5. Recycling – The type of items a resident can recycle will be reduced.

What is Automated Trash Collection?
• Automated trash collection is a type of garbage collection completed by the use of an arm on the truck instead of manually loading trash into a truck.
• Automated trash collection for Bethel Park will begin on April 1, 2019.
• Each resident will receive one – 95 gallon automated trash container in late March 2019.
• A resident will be able to purchase additional 95 gallon containers for a fee of approximately $55 after April 1, 2019.
• If you believe a 95 gallon container is too large, respond to the post card you received in the mail with the size you would like. The alternate sized containers are 65 gallon and 35 gallon. Sample containers will be available to view at the Community Center and Municipal Building.
• If you do not receive a postcard January 2, 2019 please call 412-831-6800 x130.
Residents will still be able to put two bulk items per week curbside during their collection day.

What are the Recycling Changes?
• Bethel Park is retaining manual recycling. There will be no changes in the containers or method used to collect recyclables.
• The only materials that can be recycled are Type 1 (PET) plastic, Type 2 (HOPE) plastic, tin cans, aluminum cans, newspaper, mixed paper, and corrugated cardboard.
• All other items including Types 3 – 7 plastics and glass are no longer recyclable.
• The recycling changes are due to high levels of contamination in recycled materials nationwide. This contamination includes garbage items comingled with recyclable materials.

Why did Bethel Park make these changes?
1. Automated Trash Collection
• Automated Trash collection will help enhance the look ofthe Community by having uniform trash containers and eliminate a majority of bagged trash that is put curbside.
• Bethel Park will save the tax payers approximately $600,000 over the five year contract by conducting Automated Trash collection instead of manual trash collection.
• Bethel Park code requires garbage to be placed in watertight plastic or metal containers. Automated trash containers will assist residents in complying with this code.
2. Yard Waste
• Only a very small number of residents were utilizing the curbside Yard-Waste pick-up services on the 3rd Saturday of the month.
• Bethel Park will save the tax payers over $2,000,000 over the five year contract by conducting Yard Waste collection at the Public Works Building instead of curbside.
3. Leaf Waste
• Due to the elimination of Yard Waste curbside pick-up, we added an additional curbside leaf collection event in the spring.
4. Contractor
• Waste Management was the lowest bidder on the contract.
5. Recycling
• The recycling changes affect all 19 Municipalities that fall under the SHACOG waste contract. These recycling problems will affect numerous Municipalities and businesses nationwide.


Recycling to Change in 2019 FAQs and Answers

 Why do we need to change our recycling process?
Bethel Park along with 18 other SHACOG (South Hills Council of Governments) municipalities bid jointly for waste hauling, including recycling. There were three bidders for the five-year contract that will go into effect in January 2019. All bidders indicated they would no longer accept plastics numbered 3-7 or glass of any kind as part of the recycling collection.

For years, we have been asked to recycle as much as possible to keep materials out of landfills. Why recycle less?
The market has changed; some materials that previously were recycled and turned into useful things are no longer of value in large quantities. Even more important, contamination has become a huge problem. The Pacific Rim nations that typically buy our recyclables will no longer accept loads containing more than ½ percent (0.5%) contaminated material. Ships with contaminated materials exceeding that threshold are being turned away, with the materials likely landing in landfills anyway.

What contaminates a load?
Many well-intentioned people do not recycle correctly. Some people will put greasy pizza boxes or dirty containers into the single-stream recycling bin or they throw in prohibited items such as Styrofoam or bottle caps. The biggest contaminant, however, is glass, which can shatter into small shards and ruin an entire load. Shattered glass embeds into other recyclable materials (such as cardboard or paper), making those other items unable to be recycled.

What items will we be able to continue to recycle as usual?
You may continue to recycle aluminum (beverage) cans, clean aluminum foil and bakeware, steel and tin cans (soup, veggie, coffee); corrugated cardboard, office paper, magazines (matte and gloss), junk mail, newspapers, paperboard (cereal type boxes, gray on one side), poly- coated paperboard containers (non-plastic milk and juice containers) and phone books. You also may continue to recycle clean, empty plastic jars, jugs and containers (without lids), but only those with the numbers 1 or 2 on the bottom. Clean is very important, as partially filled soda bottles can contaminate an entire load.

What items that we previously recycled are no longer acceptable?
You may not put glass of any type or color into the recycling bin or plastics 3-7. Plastics 3-7 typically are softer plastics. Plastic grocery bags and plastic trash bags are especially problematic, as they can become entangled with machinery and shut down an entire plant. As a rule of thumb, do not recycle any plastic material that is pliable enough to wrap around your finger. Always check the number on the plastic container before you place it in the recycling bin.

What things have never been accepted for recycling?
The following items have always been banned: food waste, pizza boxes (generally due to grease) paper towels, bathroom trash, yard waste, Styrofoam, light bulbs, window glass, mirrors, batteries, ceramics or dishes, cellphones, computers or electronics, hazardous waste containers, clothing, garden hoses, batteries, or oil containers.

What will happen if residents do not recycle correctly?
Beginning in 2020, the municipality will be charged $150 for every load the recycling plant deems contaminated—a potential penalty to taxpayers of more than $250,000 each year. Residential recycling bins that are clearly contaminated might not be collected.

How will recycling less impact the environment?
Recycling the right way as opposed to recycling more could be beneficial, as much of what people now think is being recycled is going into landfills anyway. People may want to rethink their purchasing habits, choosing items  that are packaged in recyclable containers, if possible. Residents  should take advantage of special local and regional recycling events and look into other places that accept things such as grocery bags and glass, which cannot be part of curbside single-stream recycling collection. The municipality will investigate alternatives elsewhere in the county as options for people who are willing to transport and drop off items that are not accepted by our hauler.

Where can I get further information?
Please stay tuned to the Bethel Park Chronicles, the municipal website, Bethel Park Facebook page, Verizon cable channels 31 and 32, Comcast cable channels 7 and 17, with additional information over the coming months.


Garbage Can Sizes (Click here to download a garbage can size flyer)

95 Gallon
Height=43 Inches
Width=27 Inches
Depth=33 Inches

65 Gallon
Height=41 Inches
Width=26 Inches
Depth=27 Inches

35 Gallon
Height=36 Inches
Width=17 Inches
Depth=24 Inches


Printable Flyers

2019 Garbage and Recycling Guide and Collection Schedule
Recycling Flyer

Garbage & Recycling FAQ Printable Flyer
Garbage Can Sizes

Cool Springs Development

Posted on: September 24th, 2018 by nstarzynski



A correspondence was received from Adele Beaves, of Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc., on behalf of the applicant for American Natural Service Station at Cool Springs, requesting the applications for rezoning and major subdivision be tabled for discussion at the September 24 Council Meeting. The next meeting for the rezoning and major subdivision applications is the October 22 Council Meeting.

A correspondence was also received to request the major land development application for the American Natural Service Station at Cool Springs be tabled at the September 26 and October 10 Planning Commission Meetings. The next meeting for the major land development is the October 31 and November 14 Planning Commission Meetings.

Trash/Recycling Delay

Posted on: August 17th, 2018 by nstarzynski

Bethel Park was informed that Republic Services is experiencing delays in garbage pick-up across the Municipality.  There will be a one day delay in garbage pickup.

Raccoon Rabies Oral Vaccination Baiting 2018

Posted on: July 30th, 2018 by nstarzynski

To reduce risk of a human case of rabies, the Allegheny County Health Department will be distributing rabies vaccine baits throughout all areas of Allegheny County. Please keep your dogs on leashes from August 3th – 22nd so that the raccoons eat the baits instead of your pups. For more info:

Rabies Pamphlet 2018

Rabies Fact Sheet

2018 Western PA ORV Program NOTICE

Park Flyer 2018





National Flood Insurance Program by FEMA

Posted on: July 26th, 2018 by nstarzynski

There has been an overwhelming amount of flood victims from just this year, especially in Allegheny County. Many of these victims are seeking help. Most homeowners, business owners, and renters do not have flood insurance. Private coverage can be unreliable and expensive. A great option for flood victims seeking help are the National Flood Insurance Programs (NFIP).

The Federal Government offers the National Flood Insurance Program that is managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). NFIP aims to reduce the impact of flooding on private and public structures. This program enables homeowners, business owners, and renters who are in both high-risk and moderate-to-low risk areas to purchase federally backed flood insurance. Those in participating communicates would agree to adopt and enforce floodplain management ordinances to reduce future flood damage. The program reduces the socio-economic impact of disasters by promoting the purchase and retention of general risk insurance, but more specifically, flood insurance. For a list of participating communities, please visit:

The National Flood Insurance Program covers direct physical damage by flood to your building and/or personal property. The following things are covered under this program:

Covered Building Property

  • The electrical and plumbing systems
  • Furnaces, water heaters, heat pumps, and sump pumps
  • Refrigerators, cooking stoves, and built-in appliances such as dishwashers
  • Permanently installed carpeting over an unfinished floor
  • Permanently installed paneling, wallboard, bookcases, and cabinets. The damage must be directly caused by flood water. Cabinets that were not damaged by flood water are not covered, even if they match cabinets that were damaged by flood water.
  • Window blinds
  • Foundation walls, anchorage systems, and staircases attached to the building. There is an exclusion for “loss caused directly by earth movement even if the earth movement is caused by flood”
  • A detached garage, used for limited storage or parking. Up to 10 percent of the building coverage limit can be used, but will reduce the total amount of building coverage available.
  • Cisterns and the water in them
  • Fuel tanks and the fuel in them, solar energy equipment, and well water tanks and pumps

Covered Personal Property-Contents

  • Personal belongings such as clothing, furniture, and electronic equipment
  • Curtains
  • Portable and window air conditions (easily moved or relocated)
  • Portable microwave ovens and portable dishwashers
  • Carpets not included in building coverage (carpet installed over wood floors, etc.)
  • Clothing washers and dryers
  • Certain valuable items such as original artwork and furs (up to $2,500)
  • Food freezers and the food in them (but not refrigerators)

Not Covered for Building or Personal Property

  • Damage caused by moisture, mildew, or mold that could have been avoided by the property owner or which are not attributed to the flood
  • Damage caused by earth movement, even if the earth movement is caused by the flood
  • Additional living expenses, such as temporary housing, while the building is being repaired or is unable to be occupied
  • Loss of use or access of the insured property
  • Financial losses caused by business interruption
  • Property and belongings outside of an insured building such as trees, planets, wells, septic systems, walks, decks, patios, fences, seawalls, hot tubs, and swimming pools
  • Currency, precious metals, and valuable papers such as stock certificates
  • Most self-propelled vehicles such as cars, including their parts

Basements and Areas Below the Lowest Elevated Floor:

  • Flood insurance coverage is limited in areas below the lowest elevated floor, including crawlspaces, depending on the flood zone and date of construction and in basements regardless of zone or date of construction. This includes:
    • Basements
    • Crawlspace under and elevated building
    • Enclosed areas beneath building elevated on full-store foundation walls that are sometimes referred to as “walkout basements”
    • Enclosed areas under other types of elevated buildings

Basements and Areas Below the Lowest Elevated Floor-Covered Building Property:

  • Foundation walls, anchorage systems, and staircases attached to the building
  • Central air conditioners
  • Cisterns and the water in them
  • Drywall for walls and ceilings (in basement only)
  • Non-flammable insulation (in basement only)
  • Electrical outlets, switches, and circuit-breaker boxes
  • Fuel tanks and the fuel in them, solar energy equipment, and well water tanks and pumps
  • Furnaces, water heaters, hear pumps, and sump pumps

Basements and Areas Below the Lowest Elevated Floor-Covered Personal Property:

  • Washers and dryers
  • Food freezers and the food in them (but not refrigerators)
  • Portable and window air conditioners

Basements and Areas Below the Lowest Elevated Floor-Not Covered Under Building or Personal Property

  • Paneling, bookcases, and window treatments such as curtains and blinds
  • Carpeting, area carpets, and other floor coverings such as tile
  • Drywall for walls and ceilings (below the lowest elevated floor)
  • Walls and ceilings not made of drywall
  • In certain cases, staircases and elevators
  • Most personal property such as clothing, electronic equipment, kitchen supplies, and furniture

We would like for Council to consider adopting a plan like NFIP for the flood victims in Allegheny County. Due to the amount of rain the county has received this year, major flooding has been an issue, especially in Bethel Park. If a system like NFIP were to be adopted for and in Allegheny County, we could assist current flood victims and provide quick aid to future flooding victims. We could also assist other counties in developing a plan like NFIP on the county level if Allegheny County’s Flood Plan were to prove successful.

Contact Information


Phone Number: (800)-621-FEMA


Republic Route Changes

Posted on: July 9th, 2018 by nstarzynski

For the streets listed below, starting on Tuesday, July 17th,  garbage and recycling(still every other week)  will be picked up every Tuesday instead of Friday. 

Note: Republic sent out notices to many residents stating that their Recycling Day has changed to Tuesday. If your street is NOT listed below please disregard that notice. If your street is listed below than please place your garbage & recycling(Only on recycling weeks) out for Tuesday, July 17th collection and then every Tuesday going forward.


Berrington Ct
Brush Run
Brush Run Condo’s
Churchill rd
Fair Oaks
Grand Ridge
Great Rock
Irishtown Ext
Mitch Haven
Oak Park dr.
Rocky Ridge (From Limestone to Clifton Rd)

Storm Damage

Posted on: June 21st, 2018 by nstarzynski


Assistance – If there are any resident’s still seeking or requiring assistance please call 412-831-6800 x130 or x205.
Public Works will continue to monitor the situation throughout Bethel Park, as such you may see them around in your neighborhood. If you have a particular problem, again report it to our office. Please check on elderly neighbors and those needing assistance. Please help us to assure that everybody is taken care of.

Flood Relief Financing  provided by Brentwood Bank

Garbage Collection:

Republic Waste Disposal will be on their regular routes collecting normal household waste which has a limit of 15 bags and two large items. If there is extra waste, the driver will alert their company to send out extra trucks to remove it but only if it is flood-related waste. Please note that any wet waste must be in bags in order for them to be picked up. If your house is missed, please report this on the citizen action line on the Bethel Park website,   Hard to recycle items, such as TV’s and Computer monitors will not be collected as they are not permitted as a part of the normal garbage collection services, however, they may be disposed of at a PRC Hard to Recycle event.  The next local collection event is on August 25th at Century III mall.

Dumpsters Available:

Dumpsters Available Tuesday, July 3- Monday, July 23

Community Center for flood-related trash only.

Clifton Rd and Milford Rd Fire Stations Dumpsters were picked up on Monday, July 16.

The following items are prohibited: Televisions, computers/computer monitors, laptop computers, fluorescent bulbs, tires/auto parts, CFL bulbs, plumbing materials, needles/syringes, propane tank, petroleum products or residue, construction materials, soil/sod/stones/rocks, ammunition, flammable materials and furnace/ac units.


Update June 28th: 

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald declared a countywide disaster emergency. This helps Allegheny County and local municipalities to continue to respond to the flood emergency. We have transitioned into the recovery phase of the disaster: where we all pick up the pieces and rebuild.

Right now, we are focused on damage assessment: looking at how our community was affected by the disaster and collecting the information. We enter the data into a system and it is immediately shared with Allegheny County and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. We are encouraging all citizens and businesses in Bethel Park that have sustained damage to report it. You can call 412.831.6800×205 or x130 to report your damages. We also now have a form to report your damages at:

If you have reported your damages already, we highly appreciate it. We may contact you for more information or perform a site visit; not all reports will receive a site visit.  If assistance becomes available, you do not have to make a report to be eligible. We strongly encourage everyone to make reports to help us show how our community was affected and why assistance is needed.

Please share this information with friends and neighbors. Check in with elderly neighbors and encourage them to report damage.


ResourcesSBA Disaster Loans Now Available
National Flood Insurance Program
Pema Disaster Assistance Website
Bethel Park Emergency Management Flood Facts

For funding or assistance with recoveries, please call:
United Way of SW PA: 211
American Red Cross of Western PA: (888) 217-9599
Disaster Counseling: 1-800-985-5990 from American Red Cross
Flood Proofing Workshop for Community Officials & Homeowners on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 – 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM  Register Here for Free!
For more information on flood proofing please visit the National Nonstructural Flood Proofing Committee Website – Click Here

Volunteers – If you would like to volunteer to help, please call 412-831-6800 x130 or x205 and provide your name, what times you may be available and an email address and phone number that you can be reached and we can match you up with a resident that may need assistance.

Donations – There are several ways citizens can help those in need.  A local organization called “Blackhawk Family Relief Fund” has set up a Go Fund Me page for monetary donations.  Donations are also being received by Citizens Bank; donation deposits should be directed to the Blackhawk Family Relief Fund.   If you would like for your donation to be tax-deductible, please donate to the Relief Fund via the Bethel Park Community Foundation.  Bethel Presbyterian is collecting cash and gift cards Monday through Friday from 10:00 – 4:00 at their church office which is located at 2999 Bethel Church Road, Bethel Park, PA  15102.



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