Waste Removal & Recycling
Waste removal in the Borough of Oakmont is provided by County Hauling.
You are not required to use “Borough Recycling Bins” however, they must be clearly visible that they are for Recycling Materials. We are asking that you use different colored cans that are clearly marked.
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.
Plastic #1 - PET or PETE (Polyethylene terephthalate)
- Water, Soda, and Juice Bottles
- Cooking Oil Bottles
- Peanut Butter Jars
Plastic #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
Plastic #3 – PVC (POLYVINYL CHLORIDE)
- Plastic Tubing
- Kids Toys
- Plastic Trays
- Some Furniture
- Vinyl Products
Plastic #4 – LDPE (LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE)Grocery Bags
- Bags that hold Newspapers
- Bread and Produce
Plastic #5 – PP (Polypropylene)
- Food Containers such as yogurt, sour cream, margarine
- Some Ropes
- Some Carpets
- Bottle Caps
Plastic #6 – (Polystyrene)
- Styrofoam, including to go containers
- Some Disposable Coffee Cups
- Packing Peanuts
- 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
Large Item Pickup
Electronics & Hard to Recycle Events will be held twice a year. Dates will be posted as they are determined.
Accepted Household Hazardous Waste/Chemicals: paint/workshop products, automotive products, cleaning products, lawn and garden products, pesticides, car/household batteries, lights bulbs, fluorescent tubes, flammables, & more.
Accepted Electronic/Freon Waste: TVs, computers, printers, phones, AC Units, dehumidifiers, mini fridges, microwaves, laptops, & more
PROHIBITED ITEMS: Explosives, ammunition, radioactive materials large appliances pharmaceuticals, syringes, medical waste, fire extinguishers & smoke detectors, mercury containing device, elemental mercury compressed gas, tires.