Recycling Revisions – 1/27/2019

Mt. Lebanon Recycling Revisions – 1/27/2019

Along with the sixteen other communities included in the South Hills Council of Governments (SHACOG), Mt. Lebanon implemented new recycling rules beginning January 1st, 2019.

These rules were imposed by the regional Material Recycling Facilities (MRFs) and recycling haulers in response to a narrowing market for recyclable materials. The haulers may begin fining municipalities for contamination beginning 1/1/2020 so it is very important that we all recycle correctly to avoid fines. If fines build, we are concerned that recycling will become too expensive for regional municipalities and will no longer be offered. This has occurred in Northern PA.
Join the Effort to Recycle Correctly!

Read On! Learn the Rules!



  • NO BAGS in Recycling Bins, Carts or Toters
    • NO Trash Can Liners
      • Place Recyclables Directly Inside Bin, Can, Cart or Toter
    • NO Grocery Store Bags
      • Take Clean Grocery Store Bags and Other Clean Plastic Film to the Grocery Store for Recycling
  • CLEAN Your Recyclable Materials
    • Rinse Lightly Soiled Containers with a Small Amount of Water
    • Run Heavily Soiled Containers through a Full Dishwasher Cycle
    • Wipe Out Sticky Containers with a Paper Towel and Compost the Towel in Your Home Compost Bin
    • Rinse Soap or Detergent Jugs/Bottles with Water and Use the Water for Hand Washing or Cleaning Tasks




               Please See Above for Cleaning Ideas
Please Empty All Liquids from Containers

  • Glass is Recyclable via Other Methods
    • Michael Brothers
      • 901 Horning Rd, Bethel Park, 15236
      • Wednesdays, 7am-4pm
      • Saturdays, 7am-11am
      • NO Charge
    • Bridge City Beverage
      • 1608 Cochran Rd, Mt. Lebanon, 15220
      • During regular business hours
      • NO Charge
      • Beer bottles ONLY

      More Info on Quarterly Collections in Mt. Lebanon and in other South Hills Communities to Follow Very Soon

  • Please Consider Signing the Letter copied on the BLOG page as an Appeal to Municipal Leaders for Separate Glass Collection
  • All Types of Metal Cans and Metal Can Lids Over 2” in Diameter

               Please See Above for Cleaning Ideas
Please Empty All Liquids from Containers

  • All Types of CLEAN Mixed Paper

               Please Keep Mixed Paper CLEAN & DRY

  • All Clean Paper Larger than a Postcard
  • Envelopes – Windows and Windowless
  • Hanging File Folders with Metal Hanging Bar Removed
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Paper Board Boxes or Containers (gray inside)
  • Soft-Backed and Hard-Backed Books if Backings are Paper
  • Stickers and Mailing Labels if Affixed to Paper or Envelopes
  • Tablets and Tablet Backs
  • Spiral Bound Notebooks – Please Remove Spiral
  • Plastic Nos. 1 & 2 – NO LIDS Over 2″ in Diameter – Largely Bottles, Jars and Jugs

               Please See Above for Cleaning Ideas
Please Empty All Liquids from Containers

  • Water, Juice & Soda Bottles
  • Milk & Juice Jugs
  • Salad Dressings & Sauces
  • Peanut Butter
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard & Ketchup
  • Spice Containers & Baking Supply Containers if Over 2” in Diameter
  • Cleaning Supplies & Laundry Detergents


  • CLEAN Plastic No. 5 Can be Taken to Whole Foods for Recycling in the Gimme 5 Program by Preserve

               Please See Above for Cleaning Ideas
Please Empty All Liquids from Containers
Please Ask Specifically for the Gimme 5 Container

  • All Types of CLEAN Corrugated Cardboard

               Please Keep Cardboard CLEAN & DRY



More Recycling Information
Mt Lebanon uses single stream recycling model which means you can put all your recyclables in one marked bin for curbside pickup without bags or bin liners.

Pick up recycling stickers for your bins from the information desk at the Municipal Building (710 Washington Road) or from the community bulletin board area at the Library.

To find out where you can recycle Household Hazardous Wastes check out the list provided by public works.   HHW Recycling List

You can also visit a Household Chemical Collection event or Hard to Recycle event hosted by the Pennsylvania Resources Council. PRC

Mt. Lebanon municipality has a drop off box for batteries..located in the municipal building. For more information click here: Public Works Battery Recycling

Woody Waste Disposal, Electronics Recycling, and Paper Shredding events for 2018 can be found here:  2018 Mt Lebanon Recycling Events

Learn about single stream recycling in this fun and informative Video that was co-produced by the high school and Greenstar. (3 min 24 sec).