Recycling

Washington County Recycling


Statewide recycling in Pennsylvania began in 1988 with the Municipal Waste Planning Recycling and Waste Reduction Act (Act 101) that requires larger municipalities to recycle. (DEP website, 2012)
Today, more than 11.6 million residents (at least 94 percent) of the state's population have access to recycling. About 79 percent have convenient access to recycling through about 1,050 curb-side pickup programs. Since Pennsylvania is largely rural, 870 drop-off programs extend recycling to the greatest number of communities. (DEP website, 2012)

In Washington County, there are eleven (11) mandated communities that must offer curbside recycling to its residents. In addition, there are two (2) communities that voluntarily offer curbside recycling to its residents.

For more information, please visit the DEP Recycling Website.

Washington County would also like to announce the opening of the county's
first recycling drop off site located in Nottingham Township, at the Nottingham Township Municipal Complex. It is a single stream site, so you can take all your recyclables (cans, glass, plastic, all paper, and cardboard) to the site and they will accept it.

UPDATE: Nottingham Township Single Stream Drop Off Center is now open to the public. Please call Nottingham Township at 724-348-5622 for more information.

Washington

County is proud to offer recycling opportunities to its residents and residents from the Southwestern Pennsylvania region, both through the above drop-off site, various collection events, and through private brokers that accept recyclables. Washington County also offers the Washington County Recycling Facilities Directory, which offers a listing of drop-off locations thoroughout the county. The above Directory file is in PDF format; there is also an Excel file available. And finally, we have listed recycling information and collection event results below.

Please check the Planning Commission Calendar of Events for upcoming recycling opportunities, as well as this website for program updates. If you have questions, please contact Jason Theakston at (724) 228-6811 or at theakstj@co.washington.pa.us.

Recycling News

Update July 10, 2017 - IMPORTANT:  WASHINGTON COUNTY ASKS THAT IF TRAFFIC IS BACKED UP ALONG MAIN STREET DURING THE MONTHLY ELECTRONICS COLLECTION EVENTS THAT DRIVERS LEAVE AND RETURN AT A LATER TIME OR DATE.  WE APOLOGIZE FOR THIS INCONVENIENCE, BUT IT IS IMPERATIVE TO PARTICIPANT SAFETY AND FOR PROGRAM CONTINUATION.  

Update June 5, 2017

- Washington County is pleased to report that 1,011 tires were collected from 80 participants at the sixth annual Used Tire Collection that was held on May 20.  Thank you to Mahantango Enterprises, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, and Keep Washington County Beautiful for assistance and support for this event

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Update June 5, 2017

- Washington County, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC), will be holding a Houeshold Chemical Collection Event on Saturday, July 22, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Washington Wild Things Ball Park. This event will be open to the public. No Washington County residential verification is needed.  Please follow the link to the Event Flyer below for more information, including pricing and accepted items.  You can also visit the PRC website (www.prc.org) for more information.

                                                 2017 Household Chemicals Collection

 

Update March 20, 2017

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Washington County, in partnership with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and Keep Washington County Beautiful, will be holding a Tire Recycling Collection Event on Saturday, May 20, 2017, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Washington County Fairgrounds Parking Lot. This event will be open to the public. No Washington County residential verification is needed.


The tires will be collected by and recycled at Mahantango Enterprises, in Liverpool, PA.

There are fees associated with the tire disposal. The fee schedule is as follows:
- $2.00 oer CLEAN (free of mud and dirt) tire (car or truck, with or without rim)
- $3.00 per UNCLEAN tire (car or truck, with or without rim)
- $10.00 per tire over 14 inches wide
- $20.00 per agricultural tire

Tires from any commercial operation cannot be accepted

Mahantango staff will determine condition of tires for fee imposed. Not Negotiable.

The Washington County Fairgrounds are located at 2151 North Main Street in Washington.

For more information, please call the Washington County Planning Commission at (724) 228-6811. Cash and checks will be accepted. Thank you.

Update February 2, 2017

- Due to scheduling conflicts and staffing issues, the June 13 and August 1 dates for the Monthly Collection has been CANCELLED. Please see the new flyer for updated information. All other dates should proceed as planned, barring any extreme weather or safety issues. We apologize for any inconvenience. For information on all future monthly events, including cancellations, please call the Monthly Collection Hotline at 724-250-4839.

Update December 15, 2016 -

Washington County is pleased to announce the 2017 Monthly Electronics Collection Schedule. All collections will be held from 2:30 to 5:00 at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Please see the below flyer for dates and more information.


Washington County will also be implementing a Severe Weather Protocol for all 2017 monthly events, where the monthly event will be cancelled in the case of extreme weather (i.e. thunderstorms and snowstorms) or if the temperature is at or below 25 to 30 degrees. In the case of a cancellation, there will be no reschedule date for the cancelled event; the next month collection will be the next date. This is to ensure volunteer and worker safety at the event.

We will post all cancellation information on the Washington County Planning Commission website (www.co.washington.pa.us/planning) on the day of the event, or you can call the newly created Monthly Collection Event Hotline (724-250-4839) after 9:30 on the day of the event for information on that day's event. We ask that every participant check either the County website or the Hotline on the day of the event for program verification. Thank you.

Update October 26, 2016

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Due to circumstances beyond our control, the November 1st Electronics Collection Event at the Washington County Fairgrounds has been CANCELLED. The next collection will be held December 13th. If you have any questions, please call the Washington County Planning Commission office at 724-228-6811. We apologize for any inconvenience

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Update April 13, 2016

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Washington County is pleased to announce UPCOMING RECYCLING COLLECTION EVENTS!!! These events include the Used Tire Collection, the Household Chemical Collection, and the Annual Electronics Collection. These collection events are in addition to the Monthly Electronics Collection events at the Fairgrounds. Please see the below links for information on these events!

Update March 11, 2016

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Effective immediately, Washington County’s Monthly Recycling Collection will start at 2:30 PM. This revised start time is to ensure that the collection setup will be ready to accept participants at the start time. The collection shares the space provided with the Washington County Food Bank, and we cannot start setting up the collection event until the Food Bank is cleaned up from its operations. The next collection event will be held Tuesday, April 5. Also, please be prepared for traffic pattern changes on site at the next event. Volunteers will be on site to help direct traffic. Please note these changes for future participation. Thanks!

ESTIMATED WAIT TIME
2:30 p.m. – 40 minute wait
3:15 p.m. – 10 - 15 minute wait
4:00 p.m. – 5-10 minute wait


Update February 1, 2016 -
Please note that at the Washington County Electronics Collection, ANY CRT TV THAT IS NOT IN ITS ORIGINAL HOUSING WILL COST $50 TO BE ACCEPTED! This is the Collection Company's policy. CRT TVs that have been removed from the housing is considered a Hazardous Waste Risk, and the collection company charges a Hazardous Waste Handling Fee. Please call the Washington County Planning Commission for more information. Thank you.

Helpful Links


Department of Environmental Protection Recycling Page -
http://www.depweb.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/recycling/14060

Pennsylvania Resources Council -
http://www.prc.org/

Earth 911 - http://earth911.com/

Electronic Recycler Websites:
JVS Environmental - http://www.jvsenvironmental.net/

eLoop, LLC - www.eloopllc.com

Commonwealth Computer Recycling, LLC - http://www.ccrcyber.com/

*Check back for updates!