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Petitioning Pittsburgh Public Works Bureau of Environmental Services

Improve Residential Recycling



We are a student group at the University of Pittsburgh call Green Up and Clean Up Pitt. Our goal is to improve/increase the residential recycling in South Oakland. 

We have begun our project by educating residents on the WHEN WHERE and HOW's of recycling (seen below). With this petition we hope to collect data and support from Oakland and other Pittsburgh neighborhood's residents. 

Are you having problems/issues with recycling? Notice not enough students are joining in? You’re not alone. Sign our petition to bring attention to Pittsburgh Public Works and Oakland student residents that recycling in your neighborhood is being ignored/problematic. Please leave a comment, or ideas too!


What can you recycle?

·      Newspapers

·      Glass Containers

·      Plastic (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

·      Metal Containers (e.g. aluminum, steel, bi-metal cans including empty paint and aerosol cans)

·      Magazines, catalogs, paperboard

·      White office paper

·      Junk mail, hardcover books, phonebooks

·      Corrugated cardboard


Where/How do you recycle?

·      Rinse containers and discard all lids and caps.

·      Place in blue bags only (or bright blue containers clearly marked “Recycling”).

·      Remove recycling materials from container and set away from refuse on the curb.

·      Corrugated cardboard must be flattened and tied with string/twine or bundled into another cardboard box. (No Styrofoam or packaging materials) Pizza boxes must be flattened and be free of food and wax paper

·      Curb side pick-up for recycling takes place every other week. Place recyclables at curb no earlier than 7 p.m. on the night before collection and no later than 6 a.m. on the day of collection.


Facts to Think About   

·      For each pound of aluminum recovered, Americans save the energy resources needed to generate about 7.5 kilowatt-hours of electricity.   

v That's enough energy saved each year by recycling aluminum to meet the lighting needs of a city the size of Pittsburgh, PA for six years.

·      Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour! Most of them are thrown away!

v Recycling plastic saves twice the amount of energy than burning it in an incinerator.

·      Recycling a single run of the Sunday New York Times would save 75,000 trees.

v If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers we would save about 25,000,000 trees a year.

·      Approximately 60% of our rubbish thrown away today could be recycled.



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