Recycling Resources

Westmoreland County Recycling Guide
Permanent Drug Take Back Collection
Reuse/Home Improvement
Document Destruction
Newsprint for Animal Bedding

Westmoreland County Recycling Guide

Click here for the latest Recycling Guide. Use the index found near the front of the guide to find locations to recycle everything from air conditioners, unused medications, propane tanks, and yard waste. There's even a glossary to explain the term "mobius" and other recycling tibits. The staff at Westmoreland Cleanways attempts to keep the Recycling Guide up to date, however the recycling industry is constantly changing. Please notify us if a new recycling opportunity becomes available, or is a listing is not correct.

Permanent Drug Take Back Collection

Preparing items for disposal at a MedReturn location
  • • All pharmaceutical drugs to be disposed must be in a sealed container such as the original container or a zip-lock bag. They cannot be put into the MedReturn box loosely.
  • • Liquid pharmaceuticals should remain in the original container.
  • • Personal information should be removed or blotted out with a permanent marker.
Items Accepted**
  • • Prescription and over-the-counter solid medications, liquids, creams, ointments
  • • Tablets and capsules
  • • Pet medicines
Items NOT Accepted**
  • • Intravenous solutions
  • • Injectables, syringes, and needles (i.e. EpiPens) These items should be taken to a health care professional's office or to a hospital for proper disposal.
  • • Hydrogen peroxide
  • • Compressed cylinders or aerosols (e.g., asthma inhalers)
  • • Iodine-containing medications
  • • Thermometers
  • • Alcohol & illicit drugs (i.e. marijuana, heroin, LSD, etc.)

According to published reports, pharmaceuticals were first detected in U. S. water sources over 40 years ago. While the concentration of most of the drugs are in minute quantities, scientists do not yet understand the risks from decades of persistent exposure to random combinations of low levels of pharmaceuticals. Additionally, studies are revealing alarming physical defects in wildlife that can be traced to chemical exposure. Aside from the environmental damage, the law enforcement community is sounding the alarm on the rising public health and safety concerns regarding prescription drug abuse and misuse.

To address the environmental, public health and safety concerns of drug abuse and disposal, Governor Tom Corbett launched a permanent drug take-back program known as MedReturn in December, 2013. John Arway, PA Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director, lauded Governor Corbett's take-back initiative: "We have always been told to flush our expired medicines down the toilet or wash them down the drain, but our wastewater treatment plants aren't designed to remove them before they get into a nearby stream. The MedReturn program now provides us with a much better and safer disposal option."

For a list of the Permanent Drug Drop Off Locations: Visit the Westmoreland Cleanways Recycling Guide or click here for a state wide list.

**We suggest that you contact the location directly to confirm that the Drug Take-Back box has been installed and is accepting drop-offs.

Shop Demo Depot: Mt. Pleasant Borough

Opened in April 2012, Shop Demo Depot is Westmoreland County's newest resource for quality reusable building products. Shop Demo Depot if you're in the market for good quality lumber, fixtures, cabinets, windows, and even appliances. Visit http://www.shopdemodepot.com/accept.aspx for details.

Donations are accepted from individuals, businesses, and manufacturers, from construction, remodeling or demolition projects, for resale to the public. All donations qualify for a tax deduction to boot.

All proceeds benefit the programs of Community Action Southwest - Westmoreland Community Action Agency, Washington and Greene Counties, and Fayette County Community Action Agency.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore in New Kensington

Habitat for Humanity affiliates seek to eliminate poverty housing as it uses volunteer, community labor in partnership with selected families to build decent, affordable housing. One way HFH raises funds to carry out its mission is through its chain of ReStores.

Habitat ReStores sell overstocked, discontinued, new and used building materials and other household items donated by manufacturers, stores, contractors and individuals. ReStores also accept donations of other good-quality household items, except clothing. They reserve the right to refuse donations if they are not salvageable.

The Allegheny Valley HFH ReStore is located at 1170 Industrial Boulevard in New Kensington, just off the 9th Street Bridge. Hours of operation are Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10am to 4pm, and Saturdays from 9am to 3pm. For more information, call 724-337-8347, or visit their website.

Westmoreland County Blind Association Offers Document Destruction

The Westmoreland County Blind Association offers secure and confidential document destruction services to businesses and individuals at a reasonable cost.  Contact Tim Miller at 724-837-1250 or by email for more information on this affordable service.

Shredding (or manually tearing) paper lowers its quality for recycling. Before you let it rip, think of your paper's next life: shredding a piece of paper or not may mean the difference between it becoming a well-read book or a disposable napkin! Click here for a "Think Before You Shred" Guide.

Telephone Directory Recycling Then

Step into the Way-back Machine with me to a time when Westmoreland Cleanways (then PA CleanWays of Westmoreland County) used to conduct an annual telephone directory collection because we had no other means to recycle them. Verizon funded the program, and Waste Management provided special roll-off containers, which they moved around the county, where residents could bring their old directories when the new ones were released. The directories were delivered to area farmers, who shredded them for use as animal bedding.

Verizon at the time commissioned a study to determine if their money was being used wisely in funding the phone book collections, not only here but across the East Coast. The study found that most of the farmers surveyed preferred shredded paper over straw because it is much more absorbent. As a result, the barns were cleaner; there was less slippage among the livestock, resulting in fewer injuries and lower mortality rate.

Westmoreland County farmers still use shredded paper (newsprint and telephone books) for animal bedding. Scroll down to find a farmer near you.

Telephone Directory Recycling Now

Westmoreland County recycling has come a long way in 10 years. Telephone directories can now be recycled in your residential curbside recycling bin if your community has switched to single-stream collection (most curbside programs have). For residents who do not have curbside recycling, check Westmoreland Cleanways' Recycling Guide, Page 49, for a drop-off location near you. NOTE: Phone books CANNOT be recycled in the Abitibi Paper Retriever bins.

According to Yellowbook, new directories will be delivered any time between now and mid-May. Check out Yellowbook's flyer for information on recycling phone books, ordering additional directories, or opting out of future deliveries.

Paper Recycling

Farmers use newsprint, paper, and telephone books for animal bedding. Please note, if the farm is accepting paper, please make sure there are NO STAPLES in the papers. Staples can be fatal to the animals. The following is a list of local farms who are accepting paper from the public:

Pinto Ridge Stables, New Alexandria

Accepting B&W newsprint and telephone books. Call Diane at 412-580-4261. The Donohoe Center and Greenforge buildings on Donohoe Road are also collecting for Pinto Ridge Stables. Please stop by either location during regular business hours and look for the purple toters. Call 724-836-4129 for additional information.

Zeglin's Dairy Farm, 185 Springertown Road, Mt. Pleasant/Kecksburg area

Accepting B&W newsprint, paper, and telephone books. From Kecksburg Road traveling toward Clay Pike, make (L) on Springertown. Farm is 1/4 mile on the left.

Skacel's Farm, Bergman Road, Derry

Accepting B&W newsprint and telephone books.

Maple Bottom Farms, Scottdale

Accepting B&W newsprint and telephone books. Please call Vickie at 724-331-4814.