The following is general information/guidelines about the Municipal recycling program. For more specific information regarding collection days/dates please refer to the Waste Management Newsletter or call the Department of Community Services at 412 831-6800 x.130
Garbage/Recycling Collection: Weekly curbside garbage collection is provided to all single-family residential homes in Bethel Park. Recycling takes place every other week on your regularly scheduled trash day. Garbage/recycling should be placed at the curb for collection on the designated collection day no earlier than 6:00 p.m. the evening preceding the garbage collection day and no later than 7:00 a.m. on the garbage collection day. Placing garbage and recyclables out earlier than the permitted time (including old furniture, appliances, etc.) may result in a $100 per day fine.
While most household disposables are accepted, the following is a list of items that will not be collected:
|Ammunition||Auto Parts and Tires||Construction materials|
|Dead animals||Flammable Materials||Furnace|
|Landscapers waste||Petroleum Products/Residue||Plumbing Materials|
|Propane Tanks||Sale/Display Items||Soil/Sod/Stones/Rocks|
Effective January 1, 2013, in accordance with the “Covered Device Recycling Act,” 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 www.depweb.state.pa.us or contact DEP Recycling Hotline at 1-800-346-4242. You may also call The Allegheny County Recycling coordinator at 412-578-8390. HARD TO RECYCLE COLLECTING EVENTS FOR 2013
Collection Preparation: All garbage should be placed in garbage bags or containers no larger than a 32-gallon can and should not exceed 50 lbs. Bags or bundles of grass clippings, hedge cuttings, including limbs & branches should not exceed 25 lbs.
Other items requiring special preparation:
Appliances will be collected. Refridgerators must have the doors (for safety) and Freon removed and a "Freon removal" certification sticker must be placed on the item.
Carpeting and padding must be cut, rolled and tied into 4 foot pieces no larger than 16 inches in diameter. Padding must be tack free and kept dry prior to collection.
Bag your grass clippings and place them with your regular trash. Hedge cuttings including limbs and branches not exceeding 3 inches in diameter must be securely tied and bundled and may not exceed 36 inches in length. No more than 8 bags/bundles of grass clippings, hedge cuttings, limbs and branches per week will be collected. Maximum weight is 25 lbs. per bag or bundle.
Paint cans that are empty or containing hardened paint. Newspaper or kitty litter can be placed in the can to absorb unused paint. Lids should be removed and then placed in trash.
ONLY ONE LARGE ITEM A WEEK CAN BE PLACED CURBSIDE
Recycling: Recycling takes place every other week on your regularly scheduled trash day. Please refer to the 2013 Waste Management Newsletter Schedule to determine your recycling weeks. Glass, cans & plastics may be co-mingled.
Pennsylvania Act 101 and The Municipality of Bethel Park Ordinances require that all commercial facilities recycle office paper, corrugated cardboard, aluminum cans and yard waste. You are also required to report your 2012 results on the data collection form.
MATERIALS TO BE RECYCLED
Metal - Aluminum, steel, tin & bi-metal cans, aluminum foil & foil products.
Plastic - Items numbered 1-7. (Examples: Baby wipe containers, household cleaning products, margarine tubs, shampoo bottles & beverage bottles.)
Glass - Clear, brown & amber glass containers.
Paper - Paperboard boxes (such as those used for cereal, tissues and shoes), copier paper, magazines, newspaper, catalogs, junk mail including envelopes and telephone books. Corrugated cardboard must be flattened, bundled and no larger than 14 x 14 inches.
All items should be placed in the BP recycling bins (or other comparably sized/constructed container which is clearly marked "Recycling").
You may NOT recycle: Styrofoam, fast food wrappers, food waste, paper towels, ceramics or bathroom trash.
Leaf Collection: Leaf waste is collected a total of 7 times per year; 1 week in the spring and 6 weeks throughout the fall. The WM Newsletter provides a calendar of collection dates. Leaves must be placed in brown paper 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 leaves is prohibited and will not be collected. Leaf bags should be placed at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on the garbage collection day during the designated leaf collection weeks.