Area Drop-offs Make it Easy to Recycle Year-Round
Three years ago after numerous calls from eco-minded citizens concerned about the environmental impact of tossing their spent alkaline batteries in the trash, Dave Mazza, regional director of the Pennsylvania Resources Council(PRC) found a way to enable area residents to recycle alkaline batteries and a few other environmentally un-friendly items year-round.
Generous funding from The Heinz Endowments allowed PRC to purchase several heavy-duty, multi-compartment recycling stations and install them in high traffic locations throughout the Pittsburgh region for the collection of alkaline batteries, cell phones, ink & toner cartridges and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).
Recycling station number one was placed in the lobby of PRC’s Pittsburgh office in the fall of 2008. Since then, several hundred cell phones, thousands of ink & toner cartridges, 1,500 CFLs and 7,500 pounds of alkaline batteries have been diverted from local landfills and properly recycled. This is the only recycling station that accepts CFLs due to the mercury hazard presented by a broken bulb. Also, it is the only station that charges a fee of $1 /pound for alkaline batteries. The office is located in CCI Center, 64 South 14th Street, on Pittsburgh’s South Side and is open from 9-4 Monday –Friday. Call 412-488-7490 ext. 246 for more information.
Four more recycling stations that accept alkaline batteries, cell phones and ink & toner cartridges at no cost can be found at the following locations:
- The Mall at Robinson, 100 Robinson Centre Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205, inside the mall entrance next to Macy’s
- Allegheny County South Park Permit Office, 100 Buffalo Drive, South Park, PA 15129, on the porch
- The City County Building, 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh PA 15219, in the lobby near the Mayor’s 311 Center
- The Allegheny County Office Building, 542 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15219, in the lobby near room 102
A sixth station, for the recycling of cell phones and ink & toner cartridges (no batteries) at no cost is located at:
- Whole Foods Market, 5880 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15206. Call 412-441-7960 for more information.
Proper recycling of these items prevents toxic chemicals such as: potassium hydroxide, mercury, lead, cadmium, and PVC from leaching out of landfills into underground water systems or contaminating the areas that surround our homes.
For more information about these and other “hard to recycle” items or a list of upcoming Hard to Recycle collections, please visit PRC’s Zero Waste Pittsburgh website or call 412-488-7490 ext. 236.