Refuse and Recycling

Garbage and Waste Collections (2013 - 2017)


Recycling Calendar for Churchill Borough
Recycling Bin Image for Churchill Borough

Republic Services Inc. (Allied Waste)

The current garbage collector is Republic Services, Inc.  Their telephone number is 724-887-9400 or 1-877-788-9400.

Weekly landfill collection is Friday. Recycling collection is bi-weekly according to the Chuchill Borough 2017 Recycling Calendar and Street ListPDF


Collection will be on Saturday if Holiday (New Year's, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas) falls on a weekday.


You will be billed on a quarterly basis by Allied Waste, a division of Republic Services. We suggest that you pay online or sign up for convenient auto pay at Their customer service telephone number is 724.887.9400.

Ordinance #715

  • Containers must be stored away from street and neighbors’ view.
  • Garbage and recycling containers may not be placed at the curb prior to 6 PM on the evening prior to collection day. Containers must be removed from the curb on collection day.
  • Refuse must be contained in a strong plastic bag or garbage can with lid.
  • Cardboard boxes may not be used as refuse containers.
  • Tree limbs less than 3 inches in diameter must be tied in a bundle less than 3 feet in length and less than 50 pounds in weight. Limbs greater than 3 inches in diameter may not be placed at the curb.
  • Rugs and padding must be bound and not to exceed 3 feet in length.
  • Christmas trees may be placed at the curb.
  • Major appliances may be placed at the curb after purchase of $30 tag from the Borough Office. Freon-removal certificate must be placed on appropriate appliances.
  • Yard waste with the exception of leaves may be placed at the curb.
  • Non collectable items include: E-waste, ashes (from wood-burning stoves, fireplaces, or coal stoves), automobiles or automobile parts, automobile tires and rims, bath tubs, commodes, building materials or broken concrete, soil, refuse and rubble from new construction, alterations or repair of buildings, stones and hazardous waste. Residents may contact the Borough Office to arrange for private disposal of these items at the homeowner's expense.

Special Backyard Services may be arranged with Republic Services Inc.

Recycling Information

Recycling Schedule

Download our 2017 Recycling Calendar and Street ListPDF

Recycling Basics

Newspapers, journals, cut up cardboard, junk mail with plastic film removed, containers made of plastic, metal or glass may be placed in the blue bin. Look for the “Mobius” recycling symbol on the bottom of plastic items. Items should be placed loosely in the blue bin. Plastic bags and Styrofoam are not recyclable.

Recycling Container Basics

  • A recycling container should be maintained in each home. Residents over age 60 can get a 35-gallon size by returning Republic’s special request form. The 65-gallon container is recommended. The larger container is easier to manipulate because of its wide base, and makes cardboard recovery easier.
  • The cart is the property of Republic; they will make minor container repairs. Residents are responsible for damage caused by obvious mis-management. Call Republic directly regarding any issues.
  • Check the recycling calendar to see what weeks the recycling collection is on your street.
  • Wheel your cart to the foot of your driveway after 6 PM on Thursday night of collection weeks. Its contents will be picked up by a special truck with automated robotic arms.
  • Maintain 2 feet of space between the cart and other objects, with the metal “grab bar” facing the street. Recyclables (including flattened and cut up cardboard) must fit inside the cart without wedging and the lid closed securely.
  • Store your cart between collections inside your garage or in a side/rear location NOT VISIBLE to neighbors or from the street. Move your cart back to its storage place after collection on the same day.

Blue-bin friendly items, placed loosely into bin. Plastic bags are not acceptable.

  • Plastics 1-7 except Styrofoam. Look for the “Mobius” recycling symbol on the bottom of plastic items.
  • Metal cans. Light rinse advised. Lid placed inside can is preferable.
  • Glass containers (clear, amber and green). No drinking glasses.
  • Cardboard. Must be flattened and fit loosely into container. May not be wedged in. Cardboard must be dry.
  • Paper--must be dry.
    • Newspaper and inserts.
    • Junk mail and magazines with plastic film removed.
    • Catalogs.
    • Phone books.
    • Books. Cover removed from hardback books.
    • Shredded paper must be tied in clear plastic bag.
    • Phone books.
  • Pizza box tops. Pizza box bottoms are acceptable if clean and without residual grease or food waste.
  • Cartons. All milk, juice, soy milk, and broth cartons are recyclable.
  • Paperboard boxes (chipboard). Pasta, cereal, baking mix, tissue boxes.
    • Any waxed or plastic film bag inside these boxes is not recyclable.
  • Egg cartons--paper or cardboard only. No Styrofoam.

NO! Not blue-bin friendly.

  • Drinking glasses.
  • Plastic bags, plastic film and wrap.
  • Styrofoam and bubble wrap.
  • Metal scrap, clothes hangers.
  • Chemicals, oil, paint.
  • Mirrors, windows, sheet glass, and tempered glass.
  • Light bulbs--all types.
  • Food waste.
  • Paper plates.
  • Freezer and other food wrappings.
  • Batteries--all types.
  • Tires.
  • Garden hoses.
  • Gift wrapping paper.
  • Plastic children’s toys and other large plastic items.
  • Dishes and ceramics.
  • Pots and pans.
  • Diapers.
  • Electronics.
  • Aluminum foil, pie and baking pans.
  • Paper towels, tissues, napkins.
  • Plastic drinking straws.

Curbside Recycling is Simple!

Single-stream technology. No need to sort, separate, or bag recyclables.

  • Simply empty all your recyclables into the blue cart and make sure the lid closes.
  • Roll the cart to the curb the evening before collection day.

Your co-operation is important. Help reduce the cost of future waste contracts.

  • Your recyclables will have new life as future products.

Beyond The Curb


For anti-litter information and collection events, including pharmaceutical and household chemical collections, please visit the website of the Pennsylvania Resources Council at

For discards that cannot be recycled through the new curbside, blue-bin service, but that can and should be kept out of costly landfills, here are some suggestions:

  • Appliances - Large appliances are taken at Gulf Trading and Transport
    (8th Avenue, Braddock, 412-271-2575) or The Appliance Warehouse (1-888-463-7366) in a limited, free, county program.  Small appliances, in working order, are accepted at Goodwill stores.
  • Batteries - All types accepted at Batteries Plus (3841 Wm Penn Highway, Monroeville, 412-942-9000) but a $0.70/lb fee is charged for alkaline (household) types.  Rechargeable types ONLY are accepted at the Forest Hills Borough Office or at Best Buy, Home Depot, and similar stores (check for bins or sorting kiosks near the entrance).  Car batteries can be taken to Tyke's Service Station on Greensburg Pike.
  • Books - If current and useable, try Half Price books, 3757 Wm Penn Highway, Monroeville, 412-856-1949.  C.C. Mellor Library accepts paperback books for free exchanges.  There is a book drop at the Churchilll Borough Building.  Or call the library at 412-731-0909.
  • Clothing - Take to Goodwill stores or deposit in collection boxes throughout the area, including Tyke's Service Station on Greensburg Pike.
  • E-Waste - (Electronic devices, including computers and LED lights) - by new state law, nearly all stores that sell such devices now accept them for recycling.  Call Best Buy in Monroeville (412-856-7344) about specific items.  High Tech Recycling behind Construction Junction at 400 N. Lexington Avenue, 412-731-5805 accepts nearly all items.  Goodwill accepts most computers at its South Side location (2700 E. Carson St., 412-431-1539).
  • Garden Waste - Grass clippings (small amounts at a time), garden trimmings, spent annuals, etc. can be composted in an inconspicuous part of your back yard. Pick up a free copy of the advisory "How to Compost" from the borough office. Use the finished compost in about a year to mulch and fertilize all garden plants.
  • Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) - Paint, cleaners, pesticides, or anything labeled "Toxic, Flammable, Corrosive, Irritant, or Carcinogenic" should never be put in trash or poured down a drain to our water supply. Local and regional    organizations and agencies hold periodic collection events for such dangerous items.  Check the following sources for dates and locations.  A small fee is charged to cover proper disposal.
    Southwester PA HHW Task Force
    Allegheny Co. Recycling Coordinator

  • Ink and Toner cartridges - Return to stores that sell such items, e.g., Office Depot, Best buy.
  • Leaves - Fall leaves cannot be land filled (by law). Put them into biodegradable bags (available at hardware stores) and set them at the curb for scheduled collection days (listed in the borough newsletter each fall or call 412-241-7113).  The borough composts these leaves at a joint composting site near Rodi Road.  The resultant fibrous mulch or "black gold" is made available to residents on two weekends in early summer.  The spring newsletter contains dates and details.  Even better, if you have room, chip the leaves in a simple string chipper (inexpensive, barrel-shaped appliance available at garden/home centers) and use the resulting chips around your shrubs, trees, and perennials to protect against soil heaving and drying.  They will compost in place.
  • Light Bulbs - CFLs (compact fluorescents) are accepted at hardware stores that sell them, including Home Depot.  LEDs should be treated as e-waste (see above).  Traditional tube fluorescents contain mercury and should be double bagged with a dusting of "sulfur flour (available at hardware/home stores) and put into the trash.  Incandescent bulbs should also be bagged and discarded, no sulfur needed.
  • Metal Scrap - Gulf Trading and Transport, One 8th Avenue, Braddock, 412-271-2575.
  • Metal Clothes Hangers- Can be returned to most dry cleaners for re-use.
  • Plastics above #7 - Sheet plastic - Clean wrapping film, grocery bags, etc. can be recycled at giant eagle or Shop and Save markets.  Look for the bin near the entrance.
  • Plastic Peanuts and Bubble Wrap - Can be re-used or taken to the UPS store (322 Mall Boulevard, Monroeville, 412-856-9818).
  • Styrofoam Plastic - (Some leftovers boxes, hot beverage cups, disposable plates) are NOT recyclable.  Take your own "doggie bag" container to restaurants.
  • Refuse or minimize use of these items, which would otherwise go to the landfill. 

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