Recycling Revisions – 1/1/2019

Mt. Lebanon Recycling Revisions – 1/1/2019

Along with the sixteen other communities included in the South Hills Council of Governments (SHACOG), Mt. Lebanon will implement 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 will 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 to Learn the New 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



  • Glass is Recyclable via Other Methods
  • Please Consider Signing the Letter copied on the next 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

  • Clean Aluminum Take-Out Containers & Disposable Pie Plates
    • Aluminum Baking Sheets and Reusable Aluminum Pie Plates are NOT Recyclable
  • All Types of CLEAN Mixed Paper
  • 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
  • Plastic Nos. 1 & 2 – NO LIDS – Largely Bottles, Jars and Jugs

Please See Above for Cleaning Ideas

  • 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
  • Milk or Juice Square Cartons

Please See Above for Cleaning Ideas

  • All Types of CLEAN Corrugated Cardboard


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).