Get Rid of Your Hard-to-Recycle Items at These Events

Items accepted include old cell phones, computer equipment and, yes, televisions.


If you’re wondering what to do with your old television or computer tower that’s been collecting dust in storage, the Pennsylvania Resources Council has the answer for you. 

In July, the nonprofit will host two hard-to-recycle collection events in collaboration with the Allegheny County Health Department and other entities where area residents may conveniently dispose of numerous items not suitable for curbside recycling.

The first event takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 10 at Quaker Valley High School in Leetsdale. Registration is required. A second collection takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 31 at La Roche University in McCandless Township. Registration for that event opens on June 30. Call 412-488-7490 ×3 for more details or visit the PRC website.

Participants will have to pay a fee to dispose of some materials, such as televisions and tires, while other items, including cell phones and computer towers, will be accepted for free. 

Other drop-off items that include a fee are computer monitors, printers, fluorescent tubes and small Freon appliances. 

Items that may be dropped off at no cost are home phones, computer equipment such as keyboards, laptops and mice, expanded polystyrene packaging material, microwave ovens, video game consoles/DVD players and glass bottles, jugs and jars.

COVID-19 safety protocols also will be in place for both events. 

“Out of an abundance of caution, we ask participants to stay in their vehicles and wear face coverings while speaking with event staff or during the unloading of their materials,” says PRC Interim Managing Director Sarah Alessio Shea. “When preparing to attend, participants should place all materials in their car trunks or truck beds if feasible.”

 For event information — including a complete list of items accepted and associated costs — visit here

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