Curbside Recycling

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 plastics numbered 1 and 2 will be collected. Drop off options are available.  Paper, cardboard and metal cans will continue to be collected.

Read the FAQ on recycling changes

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. 

To help educate the public, Waste Management is now spot-tagging recycling containers that include items that are not part of our curbside recycling contract. If you get one, take a note of the error. Not all mistakes will be able to be tagged. Below is a sample of the tag.201-SHACOG - Sticky Note

Recycling Changes in the News 

Here's a KDKA news story explaining some of the changes

Read the Mt. Lebanon Magazine article on recycling changes

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. 

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Recycling Pick-Up

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.

Accepted Items

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: Plastics numbered 1 and 2 on the bottom, except for black PET food trays. To recycle lids, tightly screw them onto original containers.

 Items Not Accepted

You may not recycle:

  • Glass
  • Plastic Bags
  • Styrofoam 
  • Fast food wrappers 
  • Aluminum foil and foil products
  • Food waste 
  • Shredded paper
  • Paper towels 
  • Ceramics  
  • Bathroom trash 
  • Milk Cartons
  • Juice Cartons
  • Juice Boxes
  • Soup Cartons
  • Plastics other than 1 and 2
  • Black PET food trays

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

Holiday Pick-Up

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.

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