Garbage/Recycling Collection


Upcoming Garbage/Recycling changes for 2019

The following is general information/guidelines about the Municipal garbage/recycling program. For more specific information regarding collection days/specific dates on recycling & special recycling events, please refer to the 2019 Waste Management Waste and Recycling Newsletter .  If your home is missed or you have a concern about service, please call the local Waste Management office at 1-800-866-4460 or contact the Municipality at 412-831-6800, ext. 130 if you need further assistance.

Garbage/Recycling Collection:

Weekly curbside collection is provided to all single-family residential homes in Bethel Park. Recycling takes place every other week on your scheduled trash collection day. Garbage/recycling should be placed curbside for collection no earlier than 6:00 p.m. the evening proceeding the garbage collection day and no later than 6:00 a.m. on the collection day.    Garbage should be clearly separated from recycling; recycling should be placed in recycling containers or other containers that are easily lifted.  Placing garbage and recyclables out earlier than the permitted time (including furniture, appliances, etc.) may result in a $100 per day fine.

Holiday Schedule:
Observed holidays in 2019 are:  New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.   For holidays falling on a Monday through Friday, pickup for the rest of the week will be one day later than the usual day, which is extended to include Saturday.

Items not collected:
While most household disposables are accepted, the following is a list of items that
will not be collected.  The Municipality will host a “Hard to Recycle” event on Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Bethel Park High School campus; this event will provide for the recycling of many of the banned items listed below.  A flyer outlining the details of the Hard to Recycle event will be posted  on this page as soon as it is available.  

Ammunition Auto Parts & Tires
Construction Materials Dead Animals
Fluorescent Bulbs CFL Bulbs
Flammable Materials Furnaces
All Glass, including mirrors Hazardous Materials
Petroleum Products or Residue Plumbing Materials
Propane Tanks Sale or Display Items
Soil/Sod/Stones/Rocks Needles & Syringes
Desktop and Laptop Computers, Computer Monitors, Televisions, and their Peripherals

To find additional information how how these items may be disposed of or recycled, please visit DEP’s website at or contact DEP Recycling Hotline at 1-800-346-4242. You may also call the Allegheny County Recycling Coordinator at 412-578-8390.


Collection Preparation:
Secure household garbage in containers up to 40 gallons that weigh no more than 50 lbs. Overloading, loose garbage, and bungee cords are a hazardous safety issue for the Waste Management personnel and will not be picked up. Do not place garbage in boxes.  Beginning April 1, 2019 all refuse should be placed in the containers provided by the Municipality; recycling should be placed in containers previously provided or other recycling containers of similar size.

Other Items Requiring Special Preparation:

  • Appliances will be collected. Refrigerators must have the doors (for safety) and Freon removed and a “Freon Removal” certification sticker must be placed on the item.
  • Carpets should be tied and bundled in lengths not to exceed 48 inches & 18 inches in diameter so that one man can lift. Padding must be tack-free and protected from the weather.
  • Grass clippings can be bagged and placed with your regular trash which would be a part of the 15 bag weekly limit of trash. Grass can also be recycled by dropping bagged clippings off at the Municipal Public Works Building located at 2490 Slater Road  the third Saturday of each month from April through September from 8:00 am.m to 2:00 a.m.  All recycled grass clippings must be in the brown paper recycling bags available in local stores.
  • Yard waste consisting of leaves, garden residues, shrubbery and tree trimmings, not to exceed 4 feet in length & 4 inches in diameter must be secured into manageable bundles. This waste can be included with your weekly trash,  or it can be recycled along with grass clippings as noted above.
  • Empty paint cans and/or dried paint cans may be placed curbside. Paint cans be air-dried or soaked up with newspaper or kitty litter. The contractor will not accept paint cans with lids on.
  • Toilets will be collected curbside, however, the bowl and lid must be separated.



For 2019, several changes are in place for the Municipal Recycling Program.  Please see consult the  Recycling changes for 2019 brochure for more detailed information.

Collected Materials:
: Aluminum, steel, tin, & bi-metal cans as well as aluminum foil & foil products.
Plastic: Household containers numbered 1 & 2 only
Paper: Paperboard boxes such as cereal/cracker boxes or cardboard packaging, copier paper, magazines, newspaper, catalogs, junk mail, and telephone books.    All boxes should be broken down into flat, easily managed 14 x 14 stacks.  Pizza boxes are not accepted due to food contamination.


CURBSIDE COLLECTION OF RECYCLING OF LEAF/YARD WASTE: Leaves and yard wast must be placed in paper bags or brown paper leaf bags available in local stores, or in containers or boxes clearly marked “YARD WASTE” that can be easily dumped. The use of plastic bags as a receptacle for recycling of leaves is prohibited and will not be accepted.  Full bags of leaf waste will be picked up the same day as regular weekly trash for curbside collection during the following spring/fall event leaf recycling weeks:
Spring Collection:    April 29 – May 3
Fall Collections:   October 21 – 25,  October 28 – November 1,  November 4 – 8,  November 11 – 15,
November 18 – 22,  December 2 – 6,  December 9 – 13 – NO LEAF/YARD WASTE COLLECTION THANKSGIVING WEEK

YARD WASTE RECYCLING DROP OFF: The third Saturday of each month, April through September from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., residents may drop off yard waste such as leaves, garden debris, and grass clippings at the Municipal Public Works Building located at 2490 Slater Road.   All waste must be placed in paper yard waste bags; shrubbery and/or tree trimmings must be reduced to 36 inches in length and must be tied into manageable bundles.


For additional information on Recycling, please refer to the Allegheny County Recycling Resource Directory

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