Garbage/Recycling Collection


Upcoming changes for 2019

2018 Waste and Recycling Newsletter

Recycling Crisis

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 Republic Service’s 2017 Waste and Recycling Newsletter If your home is missed or you have a concern about service, please call the local Republic Services office at 412-429-2600 or email 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 7:00 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 2018 are:  New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving.   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.

While most household disposables are accepted, the following is a list of items that will not be collected:

Ammunition Auto Parts & Tires
Construction Materials Dead Animals
Fluorescent Bulbs CFL Bulbs
Flammable Materials Furnaces
Glass/Windows/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

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 Republic personnel and will not be picked up. Do not place garbage in boxes.

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. It can also be placed out for recycling during the new “Yard Waste Recycling” option which is the third Saturday of each month from April through September. Recycling of yard waste 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. This can be part of your weekly trash as noted above or it can be placed out on the third Saturday of each month from April through September for recycling. Recycling of yard waste must be in the brown paper recycling bags available in local stores. (Shrubbery & tree trimmings must be secured if bundled.)
  • 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.


In accordance with the “Covered Device Recycling Act” 108 of 2010, which requires the recycling of certain electronic devices, fluorescent, and CFL bulbs; please be advised that these items will no longer be permitted to be set out curbside. The ban applies to desktop and laptop computers, computer monitors, televisions and their peripherals. Residents will have the option of taking advantage of e-cycling programs offered by numerous retail stores and other recycling organizations that collect electronic devices and appliances. To find additional information, 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.


Upcoming Recycling changes for 2019
Please refer to the 2018 Waste/Recycling Collection Schedule to determine your recycling weeks. Separate trash from recycling, but not behind each other.

Metal: Aluminum, steel, tin, & bi-metal cans as well as aluminum foil & foil products.

Plastic: Household containers numbered 1-7.

Glass: Household clear, brown, & amber glass containers.

Paper: Paperboard boxes, copier paper, magazines, newspaper, catalogs, junk mail, and telephone books. Corrugated cardboard boxes must be flattened, bundled, and no larger than 14 x 14 inches.

RECYCLING OF LEAF/YARD WASTE: Leaves must be placed in paper bags or brown paper leaf bags available in local stores or in containers or boxes clearly marked “LEAVES” that can be easily dumped. The use of plastic bags as a receptacle for recycling of leaves is prohibited and will not be collected.

Full bags of leaf waste will be picked up the same day as regular weekly trash for curbside collection during the following fall event leaf recycling weeks:

October 22-26 October 29-November 2 November 5-9
November 12-16 November 26-30 December 3-7


RECYCLING OF YARD WASTE: The third Saturday of each month, April through September, residents may place yard waste such as leaves, and grass clippings at the curb in paper yard waste bags. Shrubbery and/or tree trimmings must be no longer than 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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