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Garbage & Recycling

2024 Information:
BoD Garbage and Recycling Mailer 2024 2.26.2024
2024 Dormont Waste Management Trash and Recycling Collection Guide Updated 1.3.2024
2024 Calendar Dormont Waste Management Trash and Recycling One Page
2024 Street Listing Dates Dormont Waste Management Trash and Recycling

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Carts are expected to be delivered from April 3 through April 9. 
After the carts are delivered, semi-automation collection will begin and all items need to be inside the cart for collection. Waste Management will tag carts that are not in compliance with collection guidelines.

New Garbage and Recycling Contract – Starting in 2024: Click Here For More Info

Under Pennsylvania’s Act 101 of 1989, the Allegheny County Solid Waste Plan and by community ordinance, residents of the Borough of Dormont are required to utilize the residential collection service provided by their respective municipality. These laws also require that should the collector find that a customer is contaminating recyclables by mixing items that cannot be recycled together with items that can, Waste Management will not collect them. Likewise, if the collector finds that wastes are improperly contained, overweight, or placed out of reach, the company can decline to collect them. Other waste-related violations, including illegal dumping, will be addressed by either the state or the township, depending on the circumstances.

Please see boro.dormont.pa.us/yard-waste for our 2024 Yard and Woody Waste Pilot Program

Requesting a Special Collection for Extra Bags

Residents who have bagged trash that does not fit inside their provided cart can schedule a special collection on their designated service day through WM at 1-800-866-4460 and follow the prompts.

Special collections must be scheduled at least 48 hours before the resident’s service day. The rate for the special pick-up is $6 per bag. Residents will be limited to 20 bags or less. Please remember that an extra cart can be requested for an additional $110 in 2024. WM also offers the Bagster service for residents who have material from a clean-out or special renovation project. Bagster bags can be purchased for $30 from retailers like Lowes and Home Depot. Each bag holds up to 3,300 lbs. More information about the Bagster, including scheduling and pick-up pricing, can be found at thebagster.com.

Requesting a Special Collection for Extra Bulk Items

Residents are permitted up to two bulk items per month to be collected during their designated bulk collection week.

Residents who have additional bulk waste that needs to be collected can schedule a special collection through WM by calling 1-800-866-4460 and following the prompts. Special collections must be scheduled at least 48 hours before a resident’s service day. The rate for a special collection for bulk items is $75 plus the bulk rate for each item being collected. To avoid the $75 special collection fee, residents can schedule additional bulk items to be collected during their community’s designated bulk collection week.

WM also offers the Bagster service for residents who have material from a clean-out or special renovation project. Bagster bags can be purchased for $30 from retailers like Lowes and Home Depot. Each bag holds up to 3,300 lbs. More information about the Bagster, including scheduling and pick-up pricing, can be found at thebagster.com.

Glass Recycling Information:
Click here for Guide to Recycling Glass
Dormont & South Hills residents can drop off glass bottles, jars and jugs at a permanent recycling dumpster in the Village Square Mall lot thanks to a grant provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP).

The blue recycling dumpster is located in the parking lot of Fine Wine & Good Spirits (5000 Oxford Drive, Bethel Park, PA 15102) and is available for self-serve drop off seven days a week.  Individuals can deposit glass bottles, jars and jugs of all colors (no sorting required).

All glass collected will be hauled by Michael Brothers to CAP Glass in Mt. Pleasant, Pa. where it will be sorted and prepared for use by regional glass product manufacturers.  A bottle, jar or jug dropped in the bin today could be recycled and back on a store shelf in less than 30 days.

The newly established Glass Recycling Collaborative of Southwestern PA is a partnership between municipalities in Allegheny County and the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC).  This permanent recycling site is sponsored by Borough of Dormont, Municipality of Bethel Park, Municipality of Mt. Lebanon and Township of Upper St. Clair in partnership with Oxford, CAP Glass and Michael Brothers Hauling & Recycling.  For details, visit www.prc.org/glass.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Information – Waste Management At Your Door Collection:
Dormont Borough Household Hazardous Waste Collection Flyer (PDF)
Link: www.wmatyourdoor.com

Winter Weather Information/FAQ – From Waste Management

Wintertime Message

Waste Management would like to thank you for allowing us to service you. Along with being good stewards of the environment, our core value is the safety and protection of our employees, customers and the general public. To live up to these expectations, we train our drivers and managers on various safety techniques and occasionally make the decision to refrain from servicing some areas due to inclement weather. The potential for injury and accidents is greater during these times, so we must not travel in certain areas. During periods of inclement weather, we update service delays through www.wm.com, local TV and radio stations, as well as local newspapers. We may also notify you by phone or email if your collection route is cancelled or will be delayed. We understand that weather events are an inconvenience, but thank you in advance for your understanding.

To help our customers better understand our commitment to safety, we have included a brief list of Winter Weather Facts, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Tips on how you can help us service you better during winter months.

Common factors that may lead a driver to be unable to service your location during inclement weather:

  • Unable to access trash/recycle container due to being plowed in.
  • Cannot open gate on trash/recycle enclosure due to deep or plowed in by snow.
  • Snow / Ice too deep to push trash/recycle container to truck.
  • Steep hill or winding road that may be difficult to navigate during snowy or icy conditions.
  • Poor visibility due to snow/high winds.
  • No place to turn around due to areas not being plowed.
  • Your trash/recycle may have been covered or buried in snow and not visible to the driver.
  • Your trash/recycle may have been placed on or behind a snow mound and may have been inaccessible to the driver/helper to safely reach.
  • In the event of a State of Emergency being issued.

FAQs and Tips

Q. “My road was plowed and I was able to drive down my road to go to work. I don’t understand why your driver didn’t drive down my street.”

A: As stated earlier, our drivers have been empowered to make decisions regarding the safe operation of their vehicle. Our vehicles are much larger and heavier than a passenger vehicle and do not handle in the same manner. One of our normal full size collection trucks can weigh over 40,000 pounds when empty and over 70,000 pounds when fully loaded. In comparison, the average passenger vehicle weighs about 4,000 pounds.

Q. “Why can’t Waste Management use 4 wheel drive vehicles to provide service during the winter months?”

A. During inclement weather there may be thousands of customers affected. It is not possible or practical for us to be able to service everyone in this manner.

Q. “Our driver usually arrives before daylight. During the winter he doesn’t come until much later. Why isn’t the pickup time consistent?”

A. Our vehicles are slowed by poor road conditions just as passenger vehicles. In addition, it can take our employees longer to service customers during bad weather. They must use extra caution while getting on and off the truck, while walking on icy surfaces or through deep snow to retrieve waste materials just as you might when you go to your mailbox or to retrieve your newspaper.

Q. “What are some things I can do in order to help Waste Management during the winter months?”

A. There are several things listed below that you can do to help us service you better during inclement weather.

  • Make sure we have your current phone number and email address. That will help us notify you of any delays or cancellations.
  • Please check www.wm.com for weather related delays and tune to local TV and radio media outlets for communications from us regarding delays in service.
  • Allow extra time for our drivers to arrive at your location before contacting our office.
  • Make sure your trash bags/cans are visible and easily accessible by our driver. Please keep in mind that white bags are hard for our drivers to see on snow covered ground or in snowy conditions.
  • Please understand that our vehicles are different than yours and don’t handle the same in snow or icy conditions. Our drivers make everyone’s safety their number 1 priority, so sometimes they must decide not to service a particular road to protect everyone from potential injury or property damage.
  • We are always available to assist you with any comments, concerns or inquiries you may have regarding your service. Please feel free to contact our Customer Service Department at www.wm.com.

E-Waste Recycling

The State has passed a law that effective 1/1/2013, electronic waste can no longer be placed with your regular garbage or recycling pickups. The documents below explain this in more detail.
E-Waste Letter 2012 (PDF)
E-Waste PA DEP Fact Sheet (PDF)
PWIA Release -New Law Mandating Recycling of E-Waste (PDF)

FREE Pharmaceutical Drop Box in Dormont Police Lobby

South Hills area residents can safely dispose of unused medications year-round, by depositing them at the disposal box in the lobby of the Dormont Police Station at 1444 Hillsdale Ave, 24/7. Liquids and sharps are not accepted.