Oakmont Borough Office
767 Fifth Street
Oakmont, PA 15139
412-828-3232
Office Hours:
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Promoting Sustainability in Oakmont

Materials Management – Recycling

Based on population, the PA Act 101 of 1988 require Pennsylvania Municipalities to recycle household items. The act has had little change since its adoption thirty-three years ago. However, since its enaction, residents have experienced the removal of glass, hard to recycle items, and certain types of plastics from curbside collections. As a result, many residents became discouraged and stopped recycling all together, or baffled about what is recyclable. Consequently, municipalities across Allegheny County, experienced a 10% decline of average residential tons of recycling processed between 2013-20191. This reduction in recycling led to landfills becoming inundated with materials that could have been recycled.

Because some items were removed from curbside collection, as a courtesy to Oakmont Residents, Borough Administration provides glass recycle events three times per year, and Hard to Recycle Events two times per year. The next glass recycle event will be held August 9-20, 2021. Glass recycle dumpsters will be placed at Riverside and Creekside Parks. Last year, the Borough collected over 7 tons of glass. The next Hard to Recycle Event will be held at Riverside Park, Saturday, October 9, 2021, from 9a-1p. Reservations are required for this event.

The below Materials Management Guide was created for Oakmont residents to determine what is recyclable and what is not recyclable. Although comprehensive, it is not an exhaustive list of all recyclable and non-recyclable items, please be sure to check each container for the recycling logo. For additional information, please contact Phyllis J. Anderson, Assistant to the Manager, at 412-828-3232.

Materials Management Guide – Recycling

Recyclable Plastics

#1 – PET or PETE (Polyethylene terephthalate)
  • Water, Soda, and Juice Bottles
  • Cooking Oil Bottles
  • Peanut Butter Jars
#2 – HDPE (High Density Polyethylene)
  • Milk Jugs
  • Shampoo Bottles 
  • Cleaning Product Containers
  • Detergent Containers

Other Recyclable Materials

  • Aluminum & Steel Cans
  • Corrugated Cardboard (Pizza Box Lids, tissue, cereal, cake boxes, etc.)
  • Newspapers, Office Papers, Mail and Junk Mail
  • Phone Books, Paperback Books, Magazines, and Catalogs

Non-Recyclable Plastics

#3 – PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)
  • Plastic Tubing
  • Kids Toys
  • Plastic Trays
  • Some Furniture
  • Vinyl Products
#4 – LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene)
  • Grocery Bags
  • Bags that hold Newspapers
  • Bread and Produce
#5 – PP (Polypropylene)
  • Food Containers such as yogurt, sour cream, margarine
  • Straws
  • Some Ropes
  • Some Carpets
  • Bottle Caps
#6 – (Polystyrene)
  • Styrofoam, including to go containers
  • Some Disposable Coffee Cups
  • Packing Peanuts
#7 – Any plastic product that does not fit into the above six categories
Other Non-Recyclable Materials
  • Glass, Window glass, light bulbs, mirrors, ovenware
  • Waxed boxed containers
  •  Aluminum Foil
  • Pizza box bottoms tainted by food
  • Aerosol cans
  • Electronics
  • Tires

1 Smallwood, Joy. Annual Recycling Tonnage Data. Pittsburgh, PA: Allegheny County Health Department, 2020.