Free computer recycling event in Shadyside on August 16

Electronics Recycling










Securely recycle your old computers next Saturday, August 16, when  Commonwealth Computer Recycling will be providing on-site hard drive destruction and recycling services from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Calvary Episcopal Church in Shadyside.

The following computer components will be accepted for free at this event:
— Desktop, laptops, tablets, servers, hard drives (on-site data destruction will be offered for $10 per hard drive)
— LCD monitors
— Cell phones, Ipods, MP3 players, etc
— Computer Peripherals include keyboards, mice, printers (< 50lbs), power supplies, motherboards / circuit Boards, cables, UPS batteries & backup systems, power supplies, memory, hard drives, computer fans, routers, switches, wireless routers, access points, bridges, firewalls, cabling, modems, KVM switches
— Phones, phone systems
— AC Adapter & wiring

The following items will be accepted for a $10 DISPOSAL FEE:
— CRT monitors
— Audio/video equipment
— Radio, receivers, amplifiers, tuners, equalizers, tape decks
— VCR, DVD & Blue Ray Players
— Wooden speakers
— Consumer/household goods
— Sweepers, hair dryers, toasters, blenders, coffee makers, microwaves and other consumer electronics

The following items will BE ACCEPTED for an additional charge (space permitting):
— Televisions

The following items will NOT BE ACCEPTED:
Universal Waste
— Alkaline batteries
— Light bulbs

Freon containing appliances
— Air conditioners
— Dehumidifiers
— Refrigerators

Calvary Episcopal Church is located at 315 Shady Ave in Pittsburgh.  CCR is Department of Environmental Protection permitted and an R2 certified Responsible Recycler.

Portion of proceeds benefit Calvary Episcopal Church.  Click here for more information.

Drop off still-useful items at Reuse Fest, in Lawrenceville on Saturday

Reuse Fest is a one-day collection event for materials to be reused by local non-profit organizations. The event will take place on Saturday, August 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Goodwill Workforce Development Center. The center is located at 118 52nd Street in Lawrenceville.

Reuse Fest was started to allow nonprofits in the Pittsburgh area to collect donations of items targeted to their specific needs.  This year’s event includes many great local organizations including Global Links, Construction Junction, Off the Floor, Pittsburgh Center For Creative Reuse, Goodwill, FreeRide, the Animal Rescue League and the Gay & Lesbian Community Center.

Only the following materials will be accepted:

— Usable Building Materials (including windows, doors, tile, and more)

— Blankets, Dog & Cat Carriers, Canned Fruit & Vegetables for Wildlife Center

— Bikes, Bike Parts, Tools & Accessories (all in working order)

— Medical Supplies/Equipment (including crutches, wheelchairs, canes, walkers, and uniform scrubs)

— Books, Housewares & Sporting Goods Gently Used Furniture (including twin beds and dressers),

— Clothing & Shoes Art & Creativity Supplies (sketchbooks, canvas, art tools, and easels)

Other materials and items not on this list will not be accepted.  Click here for more information, or call 412.488.7490, ext. 236.  Here is the flier for the event.

Household chemical collection event Saturday July 27

Do you have hazardous materials, such as paints, pesticides, and household cleaners that you would like to dispose of?  The Pennsylvania Resources Council and Zero Waste Pittsburgh will be collecting these and other items between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 27th in the 2nd Avenue Plaza parking lot located underneath the 10th Street Bridge in Downtown.  There will be a $2 cash-only charge per gallon of chemicals collected. For more information about materials that will be accepted at this collection event, click here or call 412-488-7452.

Can’t make it to the Zero Waste Pittsburgh event?  PHCA volunteers will be taking items to turn in, and we can take your items too.  Polish Hill residents can drop off collection items and the $2 per gallon collection fee (cash only) at the PHCA office on Friday, July 26 between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  This is households only — no businesses and no large quantities.

Please note that items will only be accepted on Friday — our office will be closed on the day of the collection event.  Leaking or broken containers should be wrapped in thick plastic so that contents are completely contained.  For more information on dropping off items, call 412.681.1950, or email us.

Safely dispose of household chemicals

Many Polish Hill residents have very old paint, solvents, and other chemicals in their basements.  If these items are put out in the trash, they end up in a landfill, where they leach into the soil and water.  A better disposal option is to take items to a special collection event.

A PHCA volunteer will be taking a truckload to the Zero Waste Pittsburgh household chemical collection event on Saturday, May 4, and we’re offering to take items from other neighborhood residents as well.  Polish Hill residents can can drop items (anything from the list below) at the PHCA office on Friday, May 3 (not before).  You’ll need to give us cash for the collection fee (these events charge $2 per gallon), and we also ask for a small donation for the service that we’re providing.  In return, you get the peace of mind that these toxic items are no longer in your home!

Items accepted for collection:
Aerosol cans; automotive fluids; batteries; chemistry sets; compact fluorescent light bulbs; gasoline; kerosene; household cleaners; mercury; paint products; pesticides; herbicides; photo chemicals; and pool chemicals. Zero Waste Pittsburgh charges a fee of $2 per gallon, cash only, and you’ll need to pay that when items are dropped off.

We won’t be accepting items until May 3, and then  it’s household items only — no large quantities such as from a business.  To protect our office, staff, and volunteers, please pack your items carefully.  Bulbs should be in closed plastic bags.  Any leaking, or bulging containers should be placed in another container, tightly sealed and clearly marked (not a plastic bag).  If you have any questions, call the PHCA at 412.681.1950 or email us.

Other items not accepted at this collection event include ammunition; appliances, bulk waste; commercial and industrial waste; compressed gas cylinders; drugs; explosives; flares; fluorescent tubes; leaking containers; medical waste; PCBs and dioxin; tires; and radioactive materials (including smoke detectors).  For more information about this and other collection events, visit or call 412-488-7452.

Free electronics recycling event this Saturday in Shadyside

There will  be a free electronics recycling event at the Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Avenue in Shadyside this Saturday, April 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The event is free for all Pennsylvania residences and small businesses (50 or fewer employees).  The following items will be accepted at this event:

– Desktop, laptops, tablets, servers, hard drives
– Cell phones, Ipods, MP3 players, etc.
– Consumer electronics including VCR and DVD players, wire, x-mas lights, cable boxes, radios
– Computer peripherals including keyboards, mice, printers (less than 50 lbs), power supplies, motherboards and circuit boards, cables, DC, DVD, tape, and floppy drives, UPS batteries and backup systems, memory, hard drives (on-site destruction is available), computer fans, routers, switches, modems, and more
– PHones, phone systems, ink, toner, AC adapters, projecters, overhead displays, typewriters

One exception:  televisions will not be accepted at this event, but LCD and plasma tv’s are welcome.

On-site hard drive destruction will be available for $10 per drive.

Although recycling is free, they will be accepting small donations for certain items:  $10 for monitors, and $5 for computers, VCRs, DVD players, stereos, printers and fax machines, and other consumer electronics.

For more information, call 866.925.2354.

Allegheny County Christmas Tree Recycling Program

The Allegheny County Department of Parks is again offering its Annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program this holiday season.  Residents of the county can drop off their Christmas trees beginning on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 through Saturday, January 19, 2013 at all nine regional parks during regular hours of operation (dusk to dawn).

All lights, decorations, tinsel and stands must be removed from trees prior to drop-off.  The trees will be mulched and used in Allegheny County’s nine regional parks:

Boyce Park – Parking lot by the wave pool

Deer Lakes – Parking lot by Veterans Shelter

Harrison Hills – Parking lot at the intersection of Chipmunk & Cottontail Drive

Hartwood Acres – Parking lot at the mansion

North Park – Parking lot at the swimming pool

Round Hill – Parking lot between Meadow & Alfalfa Shelters

Settler’s Cabin – Parking lot by the wave pool

South Park – Parking lot at the swimming pool

White Oak – Parking lot by Poplar Shelter

Mother's Day Upcycled Craft Workshop at Construction Junction tomorrow

Construction Junction’s weekly newsletter (sign up for it on the website) has a cool event for kids 3 and up who still need to get a Mother’s Day gift.  This Saturday, May 12 from 1:00  p.m. to 3:00 p.m., kids are invited to stop by to make an upcycled earring holder for Mom.  The earring holder is constructed from a 9 by 12 inch piece of peg board  and could also be used to hold craft supplies, tools, and gardening supplies too! No registration is required, just stop by.

This seems like a good time to mention another great place which is an offshoot of Construction Junction: Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse.  Creative Reuse is to art/craft materials what CJ’s is to building materials — full of useful, reclaimed stuff, where you can donate or purchase just about anything you can think of.  Just browsing through the jumble of materials and fun stuff gets the ideas flowing.  Creative Reuse also offers classes and workshops.  This is a fun place to go with kids, and a good way to teach them about recycling.   Creative Reuse is located at 214 North Lexington Street, around the corner from CJ’s, and is open 11-6, Tuesday – Sunday.

E-Waste Collection April 21, no disposal fee for many items

If you need to dispose of any electronic items that have gone kaput, there’s an upcoming date you’ll want to note.  The Pennsylvania Resource Council‘s project Zero Waste Pittsburgh will be holding an e-waste collection in South Park on Saturday, April 21, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

These materials are collected free of charge:  Televisions and monitors; CPU towers and laptops; mice and keyboards,;UPS servers and routers; web cameras, hubs, and external drives; VCR/DVD players, stereos, and cable boxes; TiVo, large speakers, DVR’s, and paper shredders; small appliances like toasters and microwaves; compact fluroescent bulbs (CFLs); cell phones; home phones and modems; and ink and toner cartridges.

There is a small charge for batteries, floppy discs; VHS and cassette tapes, fluorescent tubes, and small freon containing appliances.  Certified document destruction is also available.  Click here for the full list of items they take, and any fees.

The collection is in South Park VIP parking lot, on Corrigan Drive, Bethel Park, PA 15102.  If you have any questions or need additional information, please visit PRC’s Zero Waste Pittsburgh website at or contact Sarah Alessio Shea at 412-488-7490 ext. 236 or

Don't trash unwanted phone books — let us recycle them!

One of the few unwelcome signs of spring is the appearance of unwanted phone books.  According to the City of Pittsburgh trash collection schedule, phone books are recyclable, but many people don’t seem to bother.

What a waste of time and resources.  Not everyone needs or wants new phone books each year; lots of people don’t use them at all anymore.  But each year thousands of phone books are printed and delivered.  Many sit outside rotting for weeks, creating an eyesore, marking empty buildings, and littering the neighborhood.

It would be so nice not to have to clean up this mess every year.  With enough public pressure, companies might be motivated to come up with a ways to identify the people who actually want a phone book.   Would it really be so difficult to only distribute what was needed, instead of regularly blanketing neighborhoods with instant trash?

Until that day comes, please put unwanted phone books out to recycle.  Or bring  them to the PHCA office, and we will take them to Construction Junction to be recycled.  If you have some extra energy, look around your street and collect any that are  still sitting out.  And if you’re really feeling energetic, contact these companies and ask them to do things differently.

Instead of trashing your Christmas tree, drop it off for composting!

Christmas trees may be dropped off for composting from Jan. 3 to Jan. 31, Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m, at these locations:

2nd Division P.W. (East End) -North Dallas Ave at Hamilton Ave: (412)-665-3609

3rd Division P.W. (Hazelwood) -Melanchton Ave., off the 5200 block of 2nd Ave: (412)-422-6524

5th Division P.W. (West End) -1330 Hassler St., off of Hershel & Steuben (next to Herschel Park): (412)-937-3054

Environmental Services Lot (Strip District) -3001 Railroad Street (next to the former City Tow Pound Location): (412)-255-2773

The trees cannot have ornaments, lights, or stands and cannot be in plastic bags.

Please be aware that trees left at the curb will be collected but not composted.  For more information contact the Pittsburgh’s Recycling Division at (412)-255-2631.