Trash and Recycling Information

Trash - Curbside Collection | Trash - Backyard Collection | Trash - Special Items | Recycling - Curbside | Recycling - Drop-off | Recycling - Household Hazardous Items

Trash Curbside Collection Information

All garbage will be collected (as early as 6 a.m.) on Monday mornings at your curb-side. In addition, there will be a collection every other week for recyclable items. The Community Calendar has the actual pickup schedule.

A clearly marked recycling container must be placed beside your regular garbage cans every other Monday and a separate recycling truck will collect these materials. Please do not take trash cans to the curb before Sunday evening and bring in your trash cans as soon as possible on Monday. Curb-side collection and recycling will be paid by the Borough, making Ben Avon Heights the only community in the area which does NOT charge their residents for trash and recycling collection.

Trash - Backyard Collection Information

Under this alternative, each resident has the option to have backyard collection at their own expense. The annual charge for back yard service will be $168.00 per household for 2019. If you wish to take advantage of this option, please complete the Back Yard Request Form below and return it by January 5, 2019 with your $168.00 check payable to Ben Avon Heights Borough. If you are new to this program, we will need a description regrading the location of your cans.

Please note, under this option, the cans will not be placed back where they were found, they will be left at the curb as always.

Trash - Special Pick-up Items Information

Large household items such as televisions, e-waste, washers, refrigerators and the like require special pick-up arrangements. Individual homeowners need to schedule and pay for this type of special disposal service directly. Please contact Valley Waste Service for details.

Recycling Collection Information

All recycling for the Borough of Ben Avon Heights will be collected on every other MONDAY. Please make sure it is at the curb by 6:00 a.m. for collection. The Community Calendar has the actual pickup schedule.

Ben Avon Heights residents can now enjoy Single-Stream Recycling! The following recyclables should be placed inside the container.

Designated Recyclables

  • Newsprint
    • Newspapers - Black & White or Pigmented Newspaper can be placed directly inside your bin and does not need to be bundled or in a separate bag.
  • Glass
    • Brown, green and clear - Food and beverage bottles and jars. Rinse out to remove food debris. Must be unbroken. No need to remove labels.
    • No window glass, dishes, light bulbs
  • Plastic
    • Natural and pigmented plastic narrow-neck containers with symbols 1,2,3,4,5,6, and 7 indicated by a recycling symbol with an enclosed number 1,2,3,4,5,6, and 7. Includes soda bottles, salad dressing bottles, etc.
    • Rinse out containers and remove lids and metal or plastic rings. May be crushed to save space. No need to remove labels.
  • Metals
    • Bi-Metal and Steel Cans - Food and juice cans. Rinse cans. Ends may be removed and placed in cans. No need to remove labels.
    • Aluminum Can - Beverage Cans/Beer and Soda. Rinse cans and can crush to save space. No need to remove labels. Aerosol and paint cans are not recyclable.
  • Other - Corrugated cardboard, paper, etc.
    • Corrugated cardboard, Magazines, catalogs, Junk Mail, Construction paper, Computer Paper, Copy Paper, Cereal Boxes, Shoe Boxes, and Kraft Paper. - Corrugated cardboard must be flattened and cut and can be no larger than 4'x 4'.

Recycling Holiday Service

If your scheduled recycling pick-up is on or after a holiday, pick-up will be one day later for the remainder of the week.

Recycling Drop-off Information

Other materials can be recycled as well although they are not collected. These items must be dropped off at the local recycling centers.
  • Phone Books - white pages and yellow pages. This also includes paperback books
  • Hardback Books - all hardback books

Drop-off Locations

  • Construction Junction will take all of the above items. Each classification should be separated and when taken for drop-off placed in the correct bin. All Cardboard and Paperboard boxes must be flattened.
  • Alibibi will take Newspaper, Magazines, White Office Paper, and Mixed Paper. There are many drop-off bins throughout the community including all Avonworth Schools and the libraries.

Household Hazardous Waste

The Southwest Pennsylvania Household Hazardous Waste Task Force works with local municipalities and businesses to promote 2010 household hazardous waste (HHW) collection events. Collection events provide residents with opportunities to protect the environment and community health by safely and economically disposing of common household chemicals. Visit their website for locations and times.