Recycling

Washington County Recycling


Statewide recycling in Pennsylvania began in 1988 with the Municipal Waste Planning Recycling and Waste Reduction Act (Act 101) that requires larger municipalities to recycle. (DEP website, 2012)
Today, more than 11.6 million residents (at least 94 percent) of the state's population have access to recycling. About 79 percent have convenient access to recycling through about 1,050 curb-side pickup programs. Since Pennsylvania is largely rural, 870 drop-off programs extend recycling to the greatest number of communities. (DEP website, 2012)

In Washington County, there are eleven (11) mandated communities that must offer curbside recycling to its residents. In addition, there are two (2) communities that voluntarily offer curbside recycling to its residents.

For more information, please visit the DEP Recycling Website.

UPDATE: Nottingham Township Single Stream Drop Off Center is permanently closed. Please call Washington County Planning Commission at 724-228-6811 for more information.

Washington

County is proud to offer recycling opportunities to its residents and residents from the Southwestern Pennsylvania region, through various collection events, and also private brokers that accept recyclables. In this vein, Washington County has created the Washington County Recycling Facilities Directory, which offers a listing of drop-off locations throughout the county as well as out of county options. The following Directory files is in PDF format. And finally, we have listed recycling information and collection event results below.

Washington County Recycling Facilities Directory PDF
Out of County Recycling Facilities Directory PDF

Please check the Planning Commission Calendar of Events for upcoming recycling opportunities, as well as this website for program updates. If you have questions, please contact Jason Theakston at (724) 228-6811 or at theakstj@co.washington.pa.us.

JVS Electronics Recycling Facility Information


1 American Way, Ellsworth PA 15331 (Behind Ellsworth Post Office)
All events held 2PM – 6PM
TV and Computer Equipment  (More Items will be added through the year)
No limit on number of TVs accepted (call 814-442-4481 with 10 or more TVs)
Freon Appliances - $25 per Appliance 
NO DUMPING DURING OFF DAYS
2021 DATES:

January 12

April 13

July 13

October 12

January 26

April 27

July 27

October 26

February 9

May 11

August 10

November 9

February 23

May 25

August 24

November 23

March 9

June 8

September 7

December 14

March 23

June 22

September 21

December 28


Helpful Links


Department of Environmental Protection Recycling Page - 
https://www.dep.pa.gov/Citizens/RecyclingDisposal/Pages/default.aspx

Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) - http://www.prc.org/

PRC Household Hazardous Waste Info Page -  http://prc.org/learn-act/hhw-guide/       

Earth 911 - http://earth911.com/

Electronic Recycler Websites:
JVS Environmental - http://www.jvsenvironmental.net/

eLoop, LLC - www.eloopllc.com

Commonwealth Computer Recycling, LLC - http://www.ccrcyber.com/

Recycling News

Update July 28, 2021: 

JVS Environmental has updated their program to include Freon Appliances.  Each appliance will be accepted for $25 per item.  Also, please only bring material on scheduled collection days.  Please call the County Planning Commission office for more information. Thank you.  

JVS Environmental 2021 Collection Program Press Release



Update May 24, 2021: 

Washington County will be hosting the 2021 Household Chemical Collection event on June 26, 2021 from 9AM to 1PM at the Washington Wild Things Park.  Due to COVID protocol, PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Please visit the Pennsylvania Resources Council Household Chemical Collection website for more information.  

2021 Household Chemical Collection Event Flyer



Update January 8, 2021: 

JVS Environmental has released their 2021 Schedule.  Please see the below press release, which includes 2021 dates and other pertinent information. Thank you!

JVS Environmental 2021 Schedule Press Release



Update July 7, 2020:  Due to COVID Protocol requirements, and concerns for the safety of county and collection staff, the 2020 Used Tire Collection has been CANCELLED.  We will resume the program in 2021.  For more information, or for tire disposal options, please contact our office at 724-228-6811.  Thank you.


Update June 3, 2020: 
Washington County will be hosting the 2020 Household Chemical Collection June 27, from 9AM to 1PM at the Washington Wild Things Park.  Due to the COVID situation, the event has been modified. Please see the event flyer for more information.
2020 Washington Household Chemical Event Flyer

UPDATE MAY 8, 2020:  THE JVS ELECTRONIC COLLECTION FACILITY WILL RESUME COLLECTION EVENTS  MAY 12, UNDER A MODIFIED FORMAT.  PLEASE SEE THE  MAY 12 COLLECTION PRESS RELEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION.  THANK YOU.

Update September 4, 2019 -

Washington County is pleased to report that the annual tire collection and household chemical collection were great successes!  1,238 tires were collected, and over 31,500 pounds of household chemicals were collected.  These collections divert these materials from the conventional waste stream and keep our environment clean.  Washington County would like to thank Mahantango Enterprises, Inc., Environmental Enterprises, Inc., and the Pennsylvania Resources Council for their continued efforts and support!


Update December 28, 2018 -

Washington County is happy to report that the 2018 totals from our Monthly Electronics Collections are in.  We are proud to report that over 203,000 pounds of material was recycled by over 2,500 participants.  That brings the totals over the three years of the program to over 862,000 POUNDS of material diverted from the conventional waste stream.  Washington County would like to thank JVS Environmental for their ongoing assistance on the program, and the Washington County Commissioners for their continued support.



Washington County reserves the right to cancel any event at any time, with or without notice.

*Check back for updates!