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Waste Disposal

Residential Trash and Recycling collection for O'Hara Township is provided by Waste Management, Inc. You can reach them directly by calling 800-458-4090. Residential trash and recycling collection is on Thursday. All trash and recycling should be on the curb by 6 am each Thursday.

Please click the links below for more information:

  • O'Hara Township Solid Waste Storage, Collection and Disposal Ordinance - Ordinance No. 1268

2017 Residential Trash Collection Holidays

There are six major Holidays that affect when your trash/recycling will be collected. These Holidays are New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. If one of these major holidays falls on a weekday, prior to or on the regular trash/recycling collection day (Thursday), collection will be delayed by one day.

The 2017 Holiday collection schedule follows:

  • Memorial Day, May 29 - Collected on Friday, June 2
  • Independence Day, July 4 - Collected on Friday July 7
  • Labor Day, September 4- Collected on Friday, September 8
  • Thanksgiving, November 23 - Collected on Friday, November 24
  • Christmas, December 25 - Collected on Friday, December 29

Residents are reminded that trash and recyclables should be placed at the curb in approved containers prior to 6 am on collection day, but not more than 24 hours prior to collection. Cans and containers must be removed by 10 pm the day of collection. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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Township Recycling Guidelines - Residential

How to Recycle

  • Please place all recyclable materials in the container provided by Waste Management.
  • Please DO NOT use bags, boxes, or other containers to separate recyclables.
  • Store the container in any convenient place except the front yard. The storage place does not have to be inside, but should be clean and out of the weather.
  • Containers distributed by Waste Management will remain the property of Waste Management. If the container is lost, stolen or damaged contact Waste Management at 1-800-458-4090 for replacement or repair.

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When to Recycle

  • Recyclables will be picked up each week on your regular garbage collection day.
  • Recyclables should be placed at the curb in the approved container prior to 6 am on collection day, but not more than 24 hours prior to collection. Containers must be removed by 10 pm the day of collection..

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What to Recycle

Paper: white office paper, computer paper, newspapers, advertising inserts, magazines, junk mail (including envelopes), coupons, receipts and phone books

Soiled newspaper, waxed paper, food contaminated paper

Glass: food jars and beverage bottles in clear, brown, amber or green colored glass Window Glass
Light Bulbs
Ceramics (plates or cups)
Drinking Glasses
Broken Glass
Metal: all aluminum and bi-metal food and beverage cans (must empty cans and rinse), empty aerosol cans, aluminum foil and foil products (clean) Food contaminated metals, soiled aluminum foil or pie plates, plumbing parts, automotive parts, paint cans
Paperboard: boxes such as cereal boxes, tissue boxes, empty papertowel and toilet paper rolls, etc.


Corrugated paper: cardboard (must be torn or cut to fit in the recycling container) Food contaminated cardboard
Plastic: plastic containers with the recycle symbol and #'s 1 - 7 i.e. soft drink and water bottles, milk and water jugs, house-hold cleaning product containers, yogurt cups, cottage cheese cups, baby wipe containers, shampoo bottles,

*numbers are usually found on the bottom of containers

Styrofoam, automobile or petroleum products, pesticides, fertilizers, plastic grocery bags
Cartons:: milk, juice, soy milk, broth, soup and other food and beverage cartons (aseptic cartons as well as the familiar gabletop, refrigerated cartons)  

**All recyclable materials may now be co-mingled in your recycling container.

Please check the link below for more information on recycling.

Allegheny County Health Department Recycling Program

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Electronic Recycling (E-Cycling)

As of January 24, 2013, desk or laptop computers, computer monitors, computer peripherals, televisions and any components of such devices may no longer be disposed of in Pennsylvania with municipal waste. All of these devices are now required to be properly recycled.

In order to help Township residents and businesses find a place to recycle these items, the Township in partnership with Evolution E-Cycling will be conducting periodic electronic recycling events. Items that will be collected free of charge include televisions, computers, computer monitors, printers, fax machines, stereos, VCR's, DVD's, microwaves, cell phones and all other things electronic. If you are concerned about data security when recycling computers, Evolution E-Cycling will wipe your computer hard drive clean and then drill a hole in it for a $10 fee.

If you can't wait for the next scheduled collection, you can drop your items off at Guardian Storage located at 1390 Old Freeport Road from 9 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday and on Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm. Just drive to the gate, follow the instructions on the intercom to contact the office and let them know you are there to recycle electronics. They will instruct you as to where to go in the facility to drop-off your items.

*Please note: As of June 1, 2014, Guardian Storage will no longer accept CRT (tube type) televisions or monitors at their locations. Waste Management will continue to collect these items through their "At Your Door" service.

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More Recycling Information

Many items besides those listed above can be recycled.

Construction Junction, a non-profit retail store for used and surplus building materials, accepts usable paint, lumber, ceramic and vinyl floor tiles, cabinets, etc. Thoughout the year they also host a series of collections. Construction Junction is located in Point Breeze at 214 North Lexington Street. For more information call 412-243-5025 or visit their website at

Habitat for Humanity Allegheny Valley also runs a ReStore which sells donated furnishings and construction materials to raise funds and awareness for Habitat for Humanity. ReStores recycle overstocked, discontinued, new and used building materials and other household items donated by manufacturers, stores, contractors and individuals. These donated items are sold to the public or used in construction of Habitat houses. The ReStore is located at 225 Freeport Street, New Kensington, PA 15068 and the phone number is 724-337-8347. For more information check Habitat ReStore.

The Pennsylvania Resources Council is the one stop shop for waste reduction resources in Western Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Resources Council, in conjunction with the Allegheny County Department of Health and other Pittsburgh based organizations sponsors many recycling events including Household Chemical Collections, Hard to Recycle Collections and Educational Workshops. Check Pennsylvania Resources Council website for more information.

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Yard Waste Collection

The Township's waste collection contract with Waste Management also provides for curbside collection of yard waste on the third Wednesday of each month from May - September. Following are the dates for collection in 2016: May 18, June 22, July 20, August 17 and September 21.

Residents must call 412-784-1784, ext. 203 at least ten (10) days prior to the scheduled date to request this collection. Call-in end dates are shown on the Township calendar.

Yard waste includes leaves in biodegradable bags, garden residue, shrubbery trimmings, limbs, twigs, brush, tree trimmings and similar material, but NOT grass clippings. All tree trimmings and limbs must be cut in lengths less than 48 inches and limbs must be less than 3 inches in diameter. All material must be securely bundled and each bundle must weigh less than 40 lbs.

The Township will continue to provide the Spring and Fall Leaf and Brush Collections.

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"At Your Door Special Collection Serivce"

As part of the Township's residential solid waste and recycling contract with Waste Management you have a convenient opportunity to dispose of your Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) safely, easily and responsibly. The At Your Door Special Collection Service is a residential service offered by WM to provide year-round HHW collection for you.

Waste Management has made available a video that highlights the features of the At Your Door Special Collection Service. Please view this video which goes in to detail about material that is accepted for collection and provides information on how to utilize the service. You can then schedule a collection appointment on-line at, by e-mail at or by calling 1-800-449-7587,

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Earn Rewards for Recycling with Recyclebank

Waste Management, the Township’s waste hauler has partnered with Recyclebank to offer rewards to Township residents for recycling.

With the Recyclebank Rewards Program, you are rewarded with discounts and deals from local and national businesses just for taking everyday green actions including the recycling you already do.

If you want to learn how to live a greener lifestyle and be rewarded for it, all you need to do is register at

By working together we can all help to make O’Hara a little greener.

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Township Recycling Guidelines - Business

What to Recycle

Paper: office paper, computer paper

Soiled paper, waxed paper, food contaminated paper

Glass: food jars and beverage bottles in clear, brown, amber or green colored glass Window Glass
Light Bulbs
Ceramics (plates or cups)
Drinking Glasses
Broken Glass
Metal: All aluminum and bi-metal food and beverage cans (must empty cans and rinse), empty aerosol cans, aluminum foil and foil products (clean) Food contaminated metals, soiled aluminum foil or pie plates, plumbing parts, automotive parts, paint cans
Corrugated paper: cardboard Soiled cardboard, food contaminated cardboard

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Recycling Reports

In summary, Ordinance No. 1269 mandates the collection of recyclable materials for recycling from residences, commercial, municipal and institutional establishments in the Township of O'Hara. Commercial, Municipal and Institutional establishments must submit an annual recycling report to the Township Manager each year, documenting the types and tonnages of materials recycled the prior calendar year. This report must include verification from the respective hauler(s). Such verification could be a letter from the hauler, on hauler's letterhead, or receipts with hauler's name and address indicating materials recycled and tonnages. The Annual Recycling Report Form is mailed to all Township business in January of each year.

Copies of Township Ordinance No. 1269 have been mailed to all Township businesses. However, if you are not familiar with the ordinance, a copy may be viewed HERE.

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