Once in a while, we all have forgotten our trash day. Keeping track of your trash day is quite difficult.

But not anymore!

Because in this article, we’ll guide you about Pittsburgh trash pickup, recycling schedule, bulky collection, and holiday schedule. 

1. Pittsburgh Trash Collection 2024


Trash pickup in Pittsburgh begins at 6 am on your collection day. For curbside collection, the city is divided into two zones.

  • Residents of Northern and Southern Pittsburgh, click here.
  • Residents of Central and Eastern Pittsburgh, click here.

Residents can also roll out carts to the curb at 6 pm prior to their collection day. But, for that, the lids must be closed properly.

Report Missed Trash Collection

If you have placed the carts on time and still your trash is not picked up, you need to report a missed pickup.

Call 311 or fill out the form online, and special service will be provided within 24 hours. 

Pittsburgh Trash Pickup Rules

Remember, if residents are found mixing household hazardous waste with accepted items, it will be considered fraudulent. Here’re the rules that you’re bound to follow:

  • Don’t mix hazardous waste with solid refuse.
  • Keep the cart clean, and don’t toss liquids in it.
  • Both refuse and recycling carts must be separate.
  • The lids of all carts must be closed properly.
  • All your carts should be at least 3 feet away from main roads, trees, and water pumps.
  • The accepted limit for trash is 35 gallons or less.

Moreover, always wrap sharp objects like broken mirrors properly to prevent any potential injury.

2. Pittsburgh Recycling Schedule

Recyclables are collected weekly along with the solid refuse. For the blue bin distribution schedule, click here. Keep in mind that the “recycling” must be visibly written on your blue bin.

  • The rule of thumb is that when in doubt, leave it out.
  • All recyclables must be loosely placed.
  • Don’t place sharp objects in your blue bin.

Also, it is best to rinse and dry plastic bottles and jars properly to avoid any unwanted smell from your bin.

Accepted Items

Mixed paper, cardboard, empty aluminum, aerosol, steel cans, plastic containers, amber, blue, red, green, and clear glass bottles.

Unaccepted Items

Coffee Cups, Greasy pizza boxes, Paper plates, Food service ware items, Loose metal lids and bottle caps, metal cookware, aluminum pans and foil, Keurig Cups, coffee cups lids, plastic lids, cups and garden hoses, windows, pyrex, and yard waste. 

3. Pittsburgh Bulk Trash Pickup 2024

Bulky pickup service is available for all residents free of cost. You can place two bulky items along with your regular trash carts.

  • You need to place bulky items on the curb by 6 am on your assigned Pittsburgh trash day. 
  • Both bulky items must be at least 2 feet away from the regular cart.

Only acceptable bulky items will be collected. Items that are too heavy for two-person pickup will not be collected.

Accepted Bulky Trash

Sofas, recliner chairs, tables, Box springs, mattresses, dressers, Stoves, washers or dryers, Toilets, hot water tanks, Windows, cabinets, Carpet, and fencing in bundles not exceeding 35 pounds or 5 feet in length.

Unaccepted Items

TVs, computers, peripherals, freon appliances, household chemicals, demolition debris, construction waste, batteries, light bulbs, and automobile parts. 

4. Got More Than Accepted Limit Of Bulk Trash? What Are Your Options?


Well, if you’ve gotten more than two large items, you can still get rid of them. Here’re your two best options:

  • Paying extra money to the city’s government for pickup
  • Hiring a private hauler

Now, let us give you a brief overview of both options. So you can decide what’s best for you.

Paying Extra To City’s Government

The city will charge per ½ hour. For example, if you have more than two bulky items, you need to pay $168 every 30 minutes. It is the best option for you if you have only 4-6 bulky items. 

If you’re on a budget, the best thing to do is wait. In this way, you can save your money, but then you’ll need to place only two large items per week.

Hiring A Private Junk Hauler

Private junk haulers usually charge anywhere between $500 to $650 for a full load of 430 lbs truck. That is equivalent to 20 regular refrigerators. 

A hauler is also an expensive option if you only have a single item. For example, for sofa removal, 1800 got junk usual charges are $150, way more than the city or other hauler.

If you’re moving out or have a lot of large items, only then a private hauler is best for you. Here’s the list of the top 7 junk haulers in Pittsburgh:

Company NameContact Info
 Junk King412 -536 -7678
1-800-GOT-JUNK?800 -468 -5865
Pittsburgh Junk Company412 -206 -1125
Haul-Out Junk Removal412 -485 -1241
College Hunks Hauling Junk412 -226 -0859
PLC Hauling412 -327 -9838
Henry’s Hauling724 -925 -3486

Before you hire a junk hauler, don’t forget to get an early estimate to get the best price. Moreover, it is also best to ask about the list of accepted items to avoid any fuss.

5. Pittsburgh Trash Pickup Holidays 2024

On holidays, the trash collection is delayed and pushed to the next working day. Here’s the list of holidays:

HolidayDay & Date
Martin Luther King Jr DayMonday, January 15
Memorial DayMonday, May 27
JuneteenthWednesday, June 19
Independence DayThursday, July 4
Labor DayMonday, September 2
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 28
Christmas DayWednesday, December 25

Keep in mind that the holiday trash is moved to the next day. For example, the Thanksgiving trash pickup will be pushed to Friday instead of Thursday. 

6. Important Contacts

Pittsburgh Trash Pickup Phone Number: 412 -255 -2773

For the Latest Information: Follow the city of Pittsburgh on Twitter for all the updates or any delay in the collection schedule. 

Wrapping It Up!

Trash is collected weekly along with the recyclables. The cherry on top is that you can also place two large items for free on the curb as bulk trash. For extra bulky items, you have to pay $168 to the city for every half hour.

Remember, the collection begins at 6 am on your assigned day. So, ensure to roll out carts on time to prevent any missed pickup!


Jimmy Carter specializes in providing up-to-date information on trash schedules for cities and states across the USA. With a passion for community service and sustainability, Jimmy is committed to helping people reduce their environmental impact and keep their neighborhoods clean.

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