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Refuse collection in South Park Township is subcontracted to a private company, Waste Management. All refuse is collected on Mondays and Wednesdays designated by street and must be placed at the curb. When your collection day falls on or after a major weekday holiday (New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day), your service will be delayed one day during that week only. If a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, there will be no change in the collection schedule. Residents are advised to place their refuse at the curb, not on the street, after 6:00 p.m. on the evening preceding the collection day as refuse trucks cannot adhere to a specific time schedule in any neighborhood. The 2021 Trash & Recycling Calendar can be viewed here.

Large items such as appliances (Freon must be removed and a certification sticker applied verifying removal) and furniture will also be collected if they are placed at the curb. Lawn and garden trimmings must be placed in plastic bags. Tree limbs/small trees must be bundled in lengths of four feet or less, carpet must be rolled and tied in lengths not to exceed 48 inches.

Items that will NOT be collected include: Construction/building materials and automobile parts (including tires), household hazardous waste, electronic waste, stones and dirt, and appliances containing refrigerant/Freon. Special arrangements must be made with the waste hauler because of landfill restrictions.

If you have any further questions on our Refuse Collection, please contact Waste Management at (800) 866-4460. You can also visit the Waste Management Website at

South Park Township will be hosting the following events on April 24, 2021, and October 16, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Municipal Complex:

REFRIGERANT/FREON REMOVAL: Due to provisions in the Federal Clean Air Act, collection or disposal of white goods (refrigerators, freezers, air-conditioners, dehumidifiers, and water coolers) is not permitted unless the Freon has been properly removed from the compressors. The Environmental Protection Agency also requires certification that the refrigerant has been recovered from the equipment prior to final disposal. The following company collects items containing Freon:

Appliance Warehouse, 20 S. 6th Street (rear), Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Call 1-888-GO-FREON / 1-888-463-7366, or visit
Cost: $42.74 curbside; $64.15 to remove from inside home; or free drop-off at Appliance Warehouse.


Under the Township’s recycling program, the following items can be recycled:

Paper- including newsprint and cardboard.

Cans - Aluminum and Bi-metal (no paints or chemicals).

Plastic - Type #1 and Type #2 (found in the triangular recycling symbol located on the bottom of a container or package.

Keep food and liquids out of your recycling receptacle. Make sure none of the recyclables are bagged, as plastic bags are NOT recyclable curbside. Check with local retailers for plastic bag recycling options. All recyclable items can be placed in one bin for collection.
Waste Management's Guide for Recycling:
Recycle Often Recycle Right.

Recycling bins must be placed at the curb the night before the designated collection day. Recycling must be placed loose (clean and dry) in a bin clearly marked "Recycling." The bins are collected every other week each month, on Mondays and Wednesdays designated by street. When a collection day falls on or after a major weekday holiday, (New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day), your service will be delayed one day during that week only. If a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, there will be no change in the collection schedule. The 2021 Trash and Recycling Calendar can be viewed here. The Township appreciates the residents’ cooperation in making this program successful. Recycling schedules are also available at the Township building.

If you have too many items, place the overflow in a similar container clearly marked "Recycling" or you can purchase an additional 32 gallon recycling bin at the receptionist’s desk at the Administrative Offices for $16.00. Lids for the 32 gallon recycling bins are also sold for $4.00/each at the Administration Office. Recycling placed in plastic bags will not be collected.

Items that will NOT be collected include: glass of any kind; Styrofoam; diapers or clothing; food waste or yard waste; contaminated containers (pizza boxes, food wrappers); plastic bags of any type; plastics (types 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7). Items that cannot be recycled are to be disposed of in the trash.

Beginning in January 2013, due to the Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act, Act 108 of 2010, residents will no longer be allowed to place televisions, computers, and electronic equipment at the curb for pick-up with municipal waste. These items are required to be correctly disposed at a recycling event or facility. For more information and locations of recycling events throughout Allegheny County, please visit the Pennsylvania Resources Council at or call the South Park Township Administration Office at (412) 831-7000.


If you are a commercial, industrial, governmental, and/or institutional establishment, which includes but is not limited to schools, you are required to recycle under Pennsylvania Act 101 and South Park Township Ordinance No. 448.  Materials that must be recycled are:

High grade office paper

Aluminum and bi-metal containers
(empty beverage containers consisting of steel and aluminum)

Corrugated paper

Leaf waste

Other appropriate materials
(including but not limited to plastic, oil, tires and/or scrap metal)

Also, if you are an owner, landlord, or agent of an owner or landlord of a multi-family rental housing property with four or more units, you are also required to recycle under Pennsylvania Act 101 and South Park Township Ordinance No. 448.  A minimum of three of the following items are required to be recycled:


Steel and bi-metal containers

High grade office paper


Corrugated paper

Plastics Type #1 and Type #2

Separate leaf waste

Township business owners may also recycle other materials such as tires, motor oil, restaurant grease, etc.  These items should also be reported to South Park Township on a yearly basis.  It is also your responsibility as a business owner to devise a collection system as well as submit an annual report to the Township by January 31st, listing the tonnage of materials recycled during the previous calendar year.

The spring collection date for 2021 is SATURDAY, APRIL 17TH.

South Park Township provides for leaf collection once in the spring and four times in the fall. All leaves must be placed at the curb in biodegradable bags after 6:00 p.m. on the evening prior to collection. Leaf collection/Yard Waste will be limited to leaves, hedge clippings, and bundled limbs and branches not exceeding three (3) inches in diameter, or four (4) feet in length. Leaf Collection bags are available at the Administration Building for $0.50/bag or five bags for $2.00, and they can also be purchased at local discount and grocery stores. Please contact the Administration Office for additional information at 412-831-7000.

Sewer Rental

Residential sewer rental charges are based on actual water consumption at $6.50 per 1,000 gallons. There is also a $15.00 quarterly service charge. Refuse and sewer rental charges appear on one bill and are sent out on a quarterly basis. Bills are sent out during the months of March, June, September and December. The sewer/refuse billing clerk, Michele Schwerer, can be contacted at 412-831-7000.

Prevent Sanitary Sewer Lines From Becoming Obstructed

PLEASE DO NOT introduce wipes, paper towels, and other materials into the Township's sanitary sewer system. Residents are asked to discard the materials in the trash rather then flushing them, placing the items in the basement floor drain, or in manholes. Continuing these practices may cause expensive sanitary sewer back-ups not only in your home, but in your neighbors's home as well. Residents are to contact South Park Township at 412-831-7000 with any questions or if they notice sewage smells or manhole problems.

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