Solid Waste and Recycling
Department of Economic Development for Greene County, Contact Person: Mimi Ritenour, Solid Waste and Recycling Coordinator
49 South Washington Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.4:30 p.m., MondayFriday
Quarterly Electronics Collection:
March 29, June 14, August 30, & October 18, 2017 ELECTRONICS COLLECTION!
Quarterly collection site at the Greene County Fairgrounds, Arena Barn from noon to 3:00 pm on the following Wednesdays: March 29 ✦ June 14 ✦ August 30 ✦ October 18, 2017.
Event is sponsored by State Representative Pam Snyder and the Greene County Commissioners, Blair Zimmerman, Dave Coder, and Archie Trader. Legislative staff will be on hand to answer questions on state-related programs such as CHIP or Property Tax/Rent Rebate. FMI, call Greene County recycling coordinator, Mimi Ritenour at 724-852-5300 or Rep. Pam Snyder's office at 724-966-8953.
Click here for event flyer with description of accepted & not-accepted items.
The ONLY recycling processing facility in the county is Greene ARC, Inc., a non-profit corporation providing independence and employment of individuals with disabilities, located on Dunn Station Road in Ruff Creek, PA.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What can I recycle in Greene County?
ONLY the following items:
Plastics 1 & 2 ONLY.
Food & drink cans no larger than 1 gallon. Newspapers. Cardboard. Glass bottles.
Greene Arc recycling center DOES NOT accept the following:
Electronics: TV's, radios, microwaves...
Scrap Metal, screens, wire fencing
Styrofoam or waxed milk cartons
Gas or Oil containers
Aluminum siding, flooring, cabinets ...
Plastics without a recycling symbol
Plastics with any symbol other than 1 or 2:
Where can I take my recyclable materials?
See table below for a list of recycling center locations by municipality in Greene County.
For more information on recycling in Greene County, call Greene Arc at:
Greene Arc 197 Dunn Station Road, Prosperity, PA 15329 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Office: 724-627-5511 / Fax: 724-852-1764
or the Ruff Creek Recycling Center at 724-852-3062 (Greene Arc Recycling)
Following is a list of recycling centers & locations within Greene County - listed by municipality:
Location of Collection Trailer
Slag Pile Across from Brethren Church, Green Valley Road, Aleppo
Township Building, 100 Municipal Drive, Rogersville
Township Building, 100 Municipal Road, Carmichaels
Township Building, 128 Maple Ridge Rd., Greensboro
Township Building on PA Rt. 18 North near Ninevah
Township Gravel Site, about 2 mi. west of Wind Ridge just off Rt. 21 on Headley Hollow Road.
Greene Arc Recycling Facility, Dunns Station Road at Ruff Creek.
Across from the Township Building, 132 Spraggs Road, Spraggs
Waynesburg University parking lot on Franklin Street. (Thursdays from 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
* Volunteers needed to be Eco-Stewards at the Waynesburg University trailer during school breaks.
For more information on recycling in Greene County or becoming an Eco-Steward, call Greene Arc at:
197 Dunn Station Road, Prosperity, PA 15329 Office: 724-627-5511, 197 Dun Station Road, Prosperity, PA 15329,
or the Ruff Creek recycling center at 724-852-3062 / Website: www.greenearc.org
Jobs: Recycling creates jobs for Greene County residents with disabilities and others in the recycling industry.
Children: Recycling is good for the environment, insuring a better future for Greene County children.
Cans: "Recycling one pound of steel conserves enough energy to light a 60-watt light bulb for 26 hours (5,450 BTU). (Approximately 7 cat food cans or 4 dog food cans = 1 pound)
Soft-drink Cans: One ton of recycled aluminum saves 14,000 Kwh of energy, 40 barrels (1,663 gallons) of oil, 238 million BTU’s of energy and 10 cubic yards of landfill space.
Newspapers: Each ton of recycled paper saves an estimated 17 trees, 4100 kilowatt hours of energy, 7000 gallons of water, 60 pounds of air pollution and 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.
Glass: Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for 4 hours.
Plastic: Recycling 1 ton of plastic milk jugs saves enough energy to light a home for approximately 1 year (10,000 plastic milk jugs = 1 ton)"
Source: downloaded 3/5/2013 from www.greenstarrecycling.com
Name of Landfill
Arden Landfill 200 Rangos Lane Washington, PA 15301
Wheels For Wishes (pittsburgh.wheelsforwishes.org) Wheels For Wishes is a car donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish® Pennsylvania and West Virginia. We are proud to offer an easy way to recycle or donate unwanted cars, trucks, motorcycles, SUVs, RVs, or even boats, by turning them into a wish for a local child.
For more information on recycling electronics and other items, go to:
Walgreens Safe Medication Disposal Program: you can purchase a specially designed envelope to safely discard expired or unused medications.
The envelope can be securely sealed and dropped into any U.S. Postal Service mailbox and sent to a medication incinerator facility.
The Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act of 1988 (Act 101), placed upon a county the responsibility for securing sufficient disposal capacity for its waste through contractual commitments with landfills or other processing facilities. Additionally, it required a county to demonstrate to what extent it could feasibly attain the state’s recycling initiative. In 1993, in accordance with the provisions of Act 101, Greene County set forth plans for the management of Municipal Solid Waste generated within its boundaries for a ten-year period.
A Solid Waste Planning Advisory Committee comprised of municipal officials, representatives of the waste industry, and citizens at large spearheaded the project.
Together they determined how municipal waste should be collected, transported, and disposed. The Plan they developed was approved by the County Commissioners, ratified by the municipalities, and accepted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (now the Department of Environmental Protection).
Act 101, for the first time, shifted the authority for Municipal Waste Management to the County. This transfer of authority away from the municipalities was intended to give the County the ability to implement the recommendations developed in the planning process. In Greene County, however, decisions were made for much of that authority to remain at the municipal level. The Plan provided numerous benefits to Greene County.
The Solid Waste and Recycling Office performs a wide range of functions to accomplish an efficient and harmonious approach to these issues in Greene County. The office is also called upon to dispense information to municipalities, businesses and citizens regarding hauler and landfill issues through daily phone calls, news articles, personal contact and speaking engagements.
The office also organizes and conducts a number of recycling events throughout the county. These events include, but are not limited to, collection events for tires, used motor oil and white goods; CHEMSWEEP in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Penn State Extension; overseeing the operations of the recycling trailers in the county; identification and clean-up of illegal roadside dumpsites; speaking engagements to civic organizations and school groups to educate and promote recycling; and addressing individual citizen's needs in regards to solid waste and recycling issues through daily phone calls and direct contact.
The Solid Waste and Recycling Office maintains a working relationship with the waste haulers who are licensed to pick up in Greene County and the landfills that are authorized to accept municipal waste from Greene County. This involves ongoing contact with these businesses and the processing of the tonnage information, remaining capacities and quarterly fees received by the county based on the tonnage of waste received at the landfills from the municipalities.
Nearly everything people do leaves behind some kind of waste. Households create ordinary garbage. Industrial and manufacturing processes create solid and hazardous waste. Hazardous waste comes in many shapes and forms: chemical, metal and furniture manufacturing are some examples of processes that create hazardous waste. All hazardous waste is tightly regulated from "cradle to grave." Garbage and industrial waste are also controlled. Common garbage is municipal waste, which consists mainly of paper, yard trimmings, glass and other materials. Industrial waste is process waste that comes from a broad range of operations. Some wastes are managed by federal agencies or state laws. Examples of such wastes are animal waste, radioactive waste and medical waste.
Many types of businesses generate hazardous waste. Some are small companies. For example, the following types of businesses typically generate hazardous waste: dry cleaners, auto repair shops, hospitals, exterminators and photo processing centers. Some hazardous waste generators are larger companies like chemical manufacturers, electroplating companies and petroleum refineries.
Disposal centers are located throughout Greene County, providing collection centers or pick-up services for the management of household hazardous wastes.
To learn more about solid and hazardous waste issues, visit the www.epa.gov U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Wastes Office. Click here for a complete copy of the Municipal Solid Waste Mgmt. Plan for Greene County (11 mg pdf file). Check with your township or borough for information on solid waste disposal in your municipality.
Sources of municipal waste in Greene County:
Determining what is municipal waste is based on as much on who generates it or where it was generated as it is on specific physical characteristics of the material. According to the PA Environmental Quality Board's Municipal Waste Regulations, municipal waste is garbage, refuse, industrial lunchroom or office waste and other material, including solid, liquid, semi-solid or contained gaseous material resulting from operation of residential, municipal, commercial or institutional establishments and from community activities, and sludge not meeting the definition of "residual" or "hazardous waste" from a municipal, commercial or institutional water supply treatment plant, wastewater treatment plant or air pollution control facility. That is a rather board and inclusive categorization of materials from the County to manage.
Municipal waste is generated where we live, work, and play. Every household, business, and community activity within Greene County is a generator of municipal waste in some form. A variety of sources can be identified as generators of the type of municipal waste with which most of us are familiar. They include residences, commercial establishments, government buildings, institutions, and community events. Others generate special types that are less recognizable as municipal solid waste to the average person. Therefore, as the County revised its Plan for proper solid waste management, it examined many factors to ensure that the special needs and conditions of all of these entities were considered and incorporated.
For general information, please contact the Information Services at 724-852-5399 / Toll Free: 1-888-852-5399 Greene County Office Building, 93 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370