Because of changes in the international market, there are changes in recycling. Waste Management is the Borough's current contracted waste and recycle hauler. Currently there are no contract changes to recycling, but if you want to ensure items you place in your recycling bin will actually be recycled, it's important to make some changes. Again, there are no changes to the recycling contract, but there are changes in the international market pertaining to recycling. It is up to the individual to make a decision based on information provided here and through individual research. Waste Management is required to take the recycling as per the contract. Waste Management contract ends 2021 with an option year 2022. The Borough contracts with seven other municipalities in the North Hills.

  • Items NOT ACCEPTED IN (international) MARKET: Plastics #3-7 and glass.
  • Items STILL ACCEPTED IN MARKET: Plastics #1 & 2 (larger than 2"x2" and smaller than a 2 gallon bucket); aluminum, steel/tin or bi-metal cans, paper that can tear and is greater than a 1/2 sheet of 8.5"x11" sheet of paper; and cardboard.
Fore more information as to why this is happening, please click the link below to view information created by Republic Services (note: this is not our hauler, but all haulers are affected by the market.
********For those interested in recycling glass, Michael Brothers Hauling & Recycling, is currently running a glass container recycling pilot program at their north and south locations. Residents are welcome to bring their separated glass containers and drop them off in the appropriately marked bins, at no charge. Their times to accept the glass is Mon-Fri 7:30am-4:30pm and Saturdays 7:30am-1pm. North Hills location: Reserve Park, Waste Transfer Station, 408 Hoffman Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. 412-835-6482

Click here to view Allegheny County's Interactive Map of where to recycle items in the county.

The above information is regarding changes to the international recycling market. Technically, Waste Management is still collecting the below stated recyclables via the contract, but they are now considered contaminants (if they do not follow the above standards). The contaminants (if above .5% of the load) may cause an issue with the recycling. It is up to the individual at this point to make those changes to ensure recycling of acceptable materials.

The recyclable container is the property of Waste Management and must remain with the home. Recyclables shall include:
  • metal food cans
  • aerosol cans (empty)
  • aluminum foil and foil products (clean)
  • beer and soft drink cans
  • plastic bib wipe containers
  • bleach detergent
  • household cleaner bottles
  • yogurt cups
  • cottage cheese
  • margarine tubs
  • shampoo bottles
  • glass beverage bottles
  • food jars (clear, brown, amber and green)
  • paperboard boxes (cereal, tissue, shoes, etc.)
  • white office paper
  • computer paper
  • magazines
  • newspapers
  • advertising inserts
  • paper bags
  • shopping bags (handles removed)
  • Cardboard (must be cut to fit inside of recycling container)

Recyclables shall be picked up at curbside in the provided containers ‘wheeled cart’ (with lid), except that newspapers and magazines shall be securely bundled and tied with string or twine and placed in a brown paper bag inside the recycling cart.