How to Dispose of Plastic Bags
How to Organize Your Recycling
What is Recycling Contamination?
All the towns in the South Hills Area Council of Governments will have a new trash and recycling contract starting in January 2019 with contractor Waste Management. Recycling practices will change.
Notably: Glass will no longer be picked up curbside. Only plastic jugs, bottles and jars numbered 1 and 2 will be collected. Flexible plastics even if they are a 1 or 2 will not. Paper, cardboard and metal cans will continue to be collected.
Also important: Mt. Lebanon will be fined for any contaminated loads— that is, loads that have food, grease or un-recyclable items in them. Additionally, contaminated loads will be taken to the landfill and not sorted for recycling. So it is critical for residents to make sure they are recycling properly.
Please watch this page in the coming months. We will continue to update it as we learn more about the changes.
Recycling Changes in the News
Post-Gazette story on recycling changes (Please note, Mt. Lebanon's current contractor is Republic Services. That information is incorrect in the follow story.)
Reporting a Missed Pick-up
To report a missed pick-up of recycling please call 412-343-3400, 8:30 am - 5 pm. You can also submit an electronic request on myLebo.
Mt. Lebanon is a single-stream recycling community, which means residents can place all recyclables together, curbside, in one container.
Recycling pick-up is every other week on your regular trash pick-up day. Mt. Lebanon offers single-stream recycling, which means that all recyclable materials may be placed together in a container (or containers) identified by recycling stickers.
Recycling stickers are available at the Customer Service Center in the Municipal Building, 710 Washington Road and at the Mt. Lebanon Public Library, 16 Castle Shannon Boulevard. A recycling container should weigh no more than 50 pounds. All cans, boxes, paper, etc. must be empty and free of food waste.
Items collected are:
- 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 and no longer than 36 x 36 inches.
- Metal: Aluminum, steel, tin and bimetal cans
- Plastic: Bottles, jugs and jars numbered 1 and 2 on the bottom. No flexible plastics even if numbered 1 or 2.
Items Not Accepted
You may not recycle:
- Plastic Bags
- Fast food wrappers
- Aluminum foil and foil products
- Food waste
- Shredded paper
- Paper towels
- Bathroom trash
- Milk Cartons
- Juice Cartons
- Juice Boxes
- Soup Cartons
- Plastic jugs, bottles and jars other than 1 and 2
- Flexible plastics even if they are a 1 or 2
Although paper bags or boxes are recyclable, please do not place any items inside them.
The Allegheny County Health Department publishes a Recycling Resources of places in the county that accept various materials for recycling. For a hard copy, please contact the Health Department at (412) 578-8390. County Parks also have drop off sites for plastics, aluminum and steel cans, newspaper County Park Drop Off locations.
After a holiday falling Monday through Friday, pick-up for the rest of the week will be one day later than the usual day. Observed holidays are:
- New Years Day
- Memorial Day
- 4th of July
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
If a holiday falls on the weekend, the week's pick-up will follow its regular schedule.
If you have questions, call Mt. Lebanon’s Public Works Department at (412) 343-3403.