North Fayette Township operates a one-man automated recycling truck and cart system. This system allows the driver to remain in the truck while the automated arm picks up the cart and empties it. This system provides a much more efficient and safe method of recycling for the Township.

What Will I Be Able to Recycle Curbside

  • Clean aluminum, steel, and tin cans
  • Corrugated cardboard (break down to fit in cart)
  • Magazines, newspapers, paperboard
  • Nonplastic milk and juice cartons
  • Unsolicited direct mail and phone books
  • Clean clear (flint) glass, brown (amber) glass, and green (emerald) glass
  • Plastics marked number 1-5 & 7
Images and text of 6 household items that are ok to recycle

Excess Cardboard and Paper Recycling

If you have cardboard or paper that will not fit in your recycle bin, it can be brought to the township building and placed in the dumpster across from the police entrance. Please flatten all cardboard before placing in dumpster.

What Not to Recycle Curbside

  • Electronic Waste (can be brought to the Township Building for recycling)
  • Glass contaminated with stones, dirt, and food waste
  • Ceramics, including dishware, ovenware, and decorative items
  • Unmarked plastic
  • Motor oil containers
  • Drinking Cups
  • Plastic such as grocery bags, newspaper bags, bread wrappers, sheet plastic, or plastic wrap. Plastic grocery bags can be recycled at your local supermarket
Picture of the number 6 recycle symbol with a red slash going through it
  • Toys
  • Fast food containers
  • Styrofoam items
  • Aerosol cans
  • Paint cans
  • Light bulbs
  • Window glass
  • Any items marked with a
    Number 6 Triangle
  • Grass/Leaves. Please click here for proper disposal instructions.
  • Lumber. Untreated wood may be taken to Waste Wood Recycling for disposal.

Image of Plastic Bags with a red slash going through them
Images and text of 6 household items that cannot be recycled

General Instructions

Remove lids and metal rings and rinse. Do not break glass. Metal and plastic containers may be flattened. Place in recycling cart. Do not use plastic liner or plastic grocery bags in cart. All recyclables are to be placed together in the cart.

Placement of Cart at Curbside

The recycle cart needs to be placed properly at the curb in order for the automated truck to be able to pick up the cart. There are a few simple rules to follow:
  • The wheels of the cart must face your house, not the road.
  • The lid must be completely closed.
  • Recycling cart must be 5 feet away from any object in every direction. Left, right, behind, in front of, and overhead. Example: mailboxes, automobiles, other garbage cans, etc.

Helpful Hints

  • Put your house number on your cart with permanent marker to easily identify it.
  • Keep all recyclables clean and dry. Remember to wash and squash before popping them into your recycle cart. If it squashes-squash it!
  • All items must fit in the cart with the cart lid closed!
  • Larger pieces of cardboard can be flattened. Please remember that all cardboard must be placed in the recycle cart in order for it to be picked up at the curb.
  • Do not pack the can too tight or the recycling will not fall out when the mechanical arm picks it up. 

Hard to Recycle Items

Hard to recycle items and common household chemicals can be disposed of via events throughout the year sponsored by Zero Waste Pittsburgh, a project of Pennsylvania Resources Council, Inc.

Tire Collection Events

Tires can be recycled through numerous Community Tire Collection events sponsored by the Independence Conservancy.

Recycling Resource Directory

Many other items can be recycled by using the following directory provided by the Allegheny County Health Department Recycling Program.


Listed below are links to e-waste, hazardous waste, tire collections, and other hard to recycle item events around the Pittsburgh area. Please check these websites often as they continually add collection events throughout the year:
PA Department of Environmental Protection
Allegheny County 2017 Recycling Resource Directory
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