Solid Waste & Recycling Collection

All municipalities  in the South Hills Area Council of Governments will have a new trash and recycling contract beginning in January 2019 with Waste Management.

Here’s the KDKA story on the recycling changes to come as well as a Post-Gazette article.

Garbage collection will be every Monday or Thursday. Please refer to our 2018 Garbage & Recycling Calendar  for more information. Recycling will be picked up bi-monthly as indicated on the calendar. The Borough pick up street listing.

When the following holidays fall on a Monday, Wednesday or Thursday then collection is delayed one day.

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Solid Waste

State laws prohibit the collection the following items: televisions, paint, oil, petroleum products, batteries, appliances containing of CFCs (Freon), chemicals, engine or car parts, electronics, and hazardous or infectious wastes. More information on recycling can be found in this Recycling Resource Directory.

Please note tires cannot be collected and televisions must be properly recycled.  Please refer to the Recycling Resource Directory linked above for disposal information.

Garbage and recycling containers must only be placed at the curb after 6 p.m. the day before collection. Recyclables will not be taken if they are placed in bags.

If your garbage and/or recycling has been missed, report it by calling Republic Services at 877-788-9400 (through the end of 2018).


Recycling is collected from Castle Shannon every other week. Please refer to the 2018 Garbage & Recycling Calendar for your recycling dates.  Please place recycling in either a blue recycling bin or another container marked “recycling.” Do not place recycling in plastic grocery bags.

Waste Management will begin spot checking containers at the curb in 2019. If a container is considered contaminated, it will be left behind as trash. Beginning in 2020, the municipality will be charged $150 for every load the recycling plant deems contaminated. Residential recycling bins that are clearly contaminated might not be collected.

Recycling does not need to be sorted as we are a single-stream community. PLEASE NOTE: Glass of any type is no longer accepted.
The following can be recycled at the curb:

  • Aerosol can – if punctured and emptied
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Cardboard
  • Chip Board (ex: cereal boxes)
  • Junk Mail
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Office Paper
  • Plastic #1: PET #1 containers that are clear (ex: water bottles, dish detergent bottles)
  • Plastic #2: HDPE colored or natural (laundry detergent bottles)
  • Soft plastics, narrow neck bottles
  • Tin Cans

Recycling Tips

  • Paper and cardboard must be dry and free of food debris. Pizza boxes are not recyclable.
  • Shredded paper will no longer be accepted for recycling.
  • Tissues, paper towels or other paper that has been in contact with food is not acceptable.
  • Make sure food contamination and caps are removed from cans and plastics and all containers are empty.
  • Clean is very important as a half-filled soda bottle can contaminate an entire load.
  • Separate plastic lids from plastic bottles (often made from different materials).
  • Do not place medical waste (needles, catheters or lancets) into the recycling containers.
  • Plastics labeled 3-7 will no longer be collected.
  • Glass will no longer be collected.
  • When in doubt, throw it out in the regular trash.
  • Ord. #746 Regulating the Collection and Recycling of Recyclable Materials

Commercial and Institutional Recycling

As of January, 2019, all commercial businesses must establish private recycling pick up for your facility.  Recycling is mandatory for all commercial, municipal and institutional establishments in the Borough of Castle Shannon in accordance with Borough of Castle Shannon Ordinance #746 Regulating the Collection and Recycling of Recyclable Materials.  Please follow the above recycling rules. An annual report to the Borough shall be submitted by January 15 of the following year.

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