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.

UPDATE: Nottingham Township Single Stream Drop Off Center is permanently closed. Please call Washington County Planning Commission at 724-228-6811 for more information.


County is proud to offer recycling opportunities to its residents and residents from the Southwestern Pennsylvania region, through various collection events, and also private brokers that accept recyclables. In this vein, Washington County has created the Washington County Recycling Facilities Directory, which offers a listing of drop-off locations throughout 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.

Washington County Recycling Facilities Directory PDF
Out of County Recycling Facilities Directory PDF
All Recycling Facilities Directory Excel File

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

Helpful Links

Department of Environmental Protection Recycling Page -

Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) -

PRC Household Hazardous Waste Info Page -       

Earth 911 -

Electronic Recycler Websites:
JVS Environmental -

eLoop, LLC -

Commonwealth Computer Recycling, LLC -

Recycling News

Update March 31, 2020:  Due to recent COVID-19 guidance, the JVS Electronics Collection will be postponed until April 28, unless further guidance is released.  Please see the JVS APRIL 14 PRESS RELEASE for more information.  Thank you. 

Update January 6, 2020

- Washington County will be collecting Christmas trees at Mingo and Cross Creek Parks.  For more information, please see the event poster:

2020 Christmas Tree Recycling Poster

Update December 12, 2019 -

Washington County has just confirmed the 2020 Electronics Collection Schedule!  For dates, times and more information, please click on the following link:

2020 Electronics Collection Press Release

Update September 4, 2019 -

Washington County is pleased to report that the annual tire collection and household chemical collection were great successes!  1,238 tires were collected, and over 31,500 pounds of household chemicals were collected.  These collections divert these materials from the conventional waste stream and keep our environment clean.  Washington County would like to thank Mahantango Enterprises, Inc., Environmental Enterprises, Inc., and the Pennsylvania Resources Council for their continued efforts and support!

Update April 25, 2019 -

Washington County is changing our electronics program for 2019.  JVS Environmental has opened a new electronics collection facility at 1 American Way in Ellsworth Borough, just south of Bentleyville Borough.  The site is located behind the Ellsworth Post Office, with access to the site from Almond Street (just past Beer Here Beer Distributor). The site will be opened the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 2pm to 6pm.  Please see the Electronics Collection News Release for a list of upcoming dates and accepted materials.

You can also find alternate disposal options in our Electronics Alternative Disposal White Paper.

Update April 2, 2019 -

Washington County is pleased to announce our upcoming Household Chemical Collection Event!  The event will be held on July 20 from 9 to 1 at the Washington Wild Things Park.  Please see the EVENT FLYER for more information, including materials accepted and pricing, or you can visit for more information.  Thanks!

Update April 2, 2019 -

Washington County is pleased to announce our upcoming TIRE COLLECTION EVENT!  The event will be held on May 18 from 10 to 1 at the Washington County Fairgrounds Parking Field.  Please see the EVENT FLYER for more information, including pricing.  Thanks!

Update December 28, 2018 -

Washington County is happy to report that the 2018 totals from our Monthly Electronics Collections are in.  We are proud to report that over 203,000 pounds of material was recycled by over 2,500 participants.  That brings the totals over the three years of the program to over 862,000 POUNDS of material diverted from the conventional waste stream.  Washington County would like to thank JVS Environmental for their ongoing assistance on the program, and the Washington County Commissioners for their continued support.

Washington County reserves the right to cancel any event at any time, with or without notice.

*Check back for updates!