Recycling

Click here for the City of Erie 2021 Recycling Guide and Calendar


How to Recycle Items at the Curb

Use clear plastic bags or blue bins for curbside recycling. 

Place clear recycling bags or blue bins curbside apart from trash on regular refuse collection nights. Blue bags are no longer accepted. Blue bins are not provided by the City of Erie. 
Blue bins can be found at most local hardware stores. 

Do not mix trash with recyclables. 

Once contaminated, the recyclable items will not be sorted and the entire bag is thrown into the trash at the recycling facility. 

Why don’t we use blue bags anymore?

The City of Erie’s recycling vendor only accepts recyclables that are visible through a clear plastic bag or seen in a blue bin. If they can’t see it, they won’t recycle it and the entire bag will be thrown in the trash. 

Stop! Place these items in the trash

Styrofoam, items contaminated with food, and plastic cups, tubs, food take out containers (clam shells), or toys

Recycle These Items at the Curb

  • Newspaper, office paper, magazines

    Place newspaper, office paper, and magazines with other recyclables in a clear plastic bag or blue bin. 

    Shredded paper

    Shredded paper should be placed in its own clear bag, separate from any other materials. Residents are asked to do this because any item smaller than 2 inches will fall through the grates at the recycling facility and up as garbage. 

    Junk mail

    Junk mail is also accepted as long as it is larger than 2”x2”. Envelopes are also accepted, but no plastic windows.

  • Bottles, jugs, and jars with a screw-top lid

    Recycle #1 and #2 plastic items, which are bottles, jugs, and jars with a screw-top lid. (Ex: water bottles, laundry detergent jugs, and peanut butter jars.) All other plastic items, including the caps, should be thrown in the trash.

    Why are we accepting less plastic?

    At this time, the City of Erie recycling vendor can only accept #1 and #2 plastic bottles, jugs, or jars with screw-top caps. All other plastic items, including the caps, should be thrown in the trash. 
    Due to global market conditions, the demand for recycled plastic is low. Other plastic items used to be shipped overseas but are no longer being accepted because most of these items were not actually being recycled. We hope to have other options soon.

    Why don’t we accept plastic bags?

    Plastic bags cause significant issues with the equipment at recycling facilities, jamming up the machines and requiring the entire facility to halt operations so the plastic film can be removed. These delays affect the success of overall recycling operations and can impact the cost of the program.

    You can recycle plastic shopping bags at most grocery stores. Call your local grocer to see if they participate.  When you recycle plastic bags at these locations, no sorting is needed and there is less contamination, so more material gets recycled.


  • All corrugated cardboard and paperboard (ex: cereal, tissue boxes) should be flattened so it takes up less space in the truck. 

     

    Please remove packaging such as tape, plastic wrap and styrofoam and dispose of properly. If the box is larger than 4’, please break it down and place next to your other recyclables.


  • Place metal food and beverage cans (ex: steel/tin food cans, aluminum drink cans) with other recyclables in a clear plastic bag or blue bin.

Recycle These Items Elsewhere


  • Refrigerators, Freezers, Air Conditioners

    Appliance Disposal Company   1-888-GO-FREON  ○  Will pick up appliances up in your home or curbside. 1-888-(463-7366). A fee will be charged depending on item and pickup. 

    Refrigerators, Freezers, Air Conditioners (Metal items without FREON)

    Liberty Iron & Metal  ○  646 E. 18th St.  ○  (814) 452-4549

    Lincoln Recycling  ○  1602 Selinger Ave.  ○  (814) 838-7628

    Stoves, Furnaces, Hot Water Tanks (Metal items without FREON)

    Liberty Iron & Metal  ○  646 E. 18th St.  ○  (814) 452-4549

    Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators, Stoves, Microwaves (Still working)

    Habitat for Humanity ReStore  ○  4922 Pittsburgh Ave.  ○  (814) 464-8946  ○  REUSES the items

  • Automotive Batteries

    The Battery Outlet  ○  2825 Liberty St.  ○  (814) 868-7487

    Erie Batteries  ○  1915 Parade St.  ○  (814) 455-7789

    Auto Zone  ○  3016 W. 26th St.  ○  (814) 836-9041

    Lincoln Recycling  ○   1602 Selinger Ave.  ○   (814) 838-7628

    Motor Oil 

    Advance Auto Parts   ○  All locations  ○  2543 W. 12th St.  ○  2214 E. 38th St.  ○  6601 Peach St.  4635 Buffalo Rd.

     

    Auto Zone  ○  All locations  ○  3924 Peach St.  ○  3016 W. 26th St.  ○  2119 Broad St.

    Metal Parts 

    Liberty Iron & Metal  ○  1431 East Ave.  ○   (814) 452-4549

    Lincoln Recycling  ○   1602 Selinger Ave.  ○   (814) 838-7628

    Metalico  ○  10224 West Main St. (RT. 20)  ○  North East  ○  (814) 725-1253

    Tires 

    City of Erie Annual Tire Collection Event

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

    Up to 6 tires per resident. Only passenger vehicles and light truck tires. No rims. 

    Who: 

    City of Erie residents ONLY. Photo ID required. 

    What:

    Drive through and drop off tires for recycling on the appropriate day

    Where:

    City of Erie Municipal Garage Complex  ○  1926 Holland St.  ○  (814) 870-1315

    Most Retail Tire Outlets

    Charge fee per tire. 

  • Ni-Cd /Rechargeable (No Alkalines)

    A Duchini, Inc.  ○   2550 McKinley Ave.  ○   (814) 456-7027

    Best Buy  ○   6650 Peach St.  ○   (814) 860-8487

    Home Depot  ○   7451 Peach St.  ○   (814) 866-2772

    Lincoln Recycling  ○   1602 Selinger Ave.  ○   (814) 838-7628

    Mueller Locksmith  ○   445 W. 8th St.  ○   (814) 452-3345

    Target  ○   6700 Peach St.  ○   (814) 860-8511


  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore  ○  4922 Pittsburgh Ave.  ○  (814) 464-8946 

    REUSES the items  ○  Call for hours and materials accepted, such as: cabinets, windows, doors, paint, trim, hardware, plumbing, flooring, electrical appliances, etc. 


  • Have your installer remove the carpet. Cut the carpet into small pieces and place in bags curbside on your regular refuse pickup day.

  • City Hall Lobby Drop-off Box  ○  626 State St.  ○  (814) 870-1450 

    Lincoln Recycling  ○   1602 Selinger Ave.  ○   (814) 838-7628

    Donate to SafeNet, a nonprofit that serves victims of domestic violence  ○   (814) 455-1774 

  • Free Electronics Recycling

    City of Erie Annual Electronics Collection Events

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
    Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

    Acceptable Items: TVs, Computers, Monitors, Keyboards, Mice, Printers, Speakers, Tablets

    Who: 

    City of Erie residents ONLY. Photo ID required. 

    What:

    Drive through and drop off electronics for recycling on the appropriate day

    Where:

    City of Erie Municipal Garage Complex 1926 Holland St.  ○  (814) 870-1315

    Other Electronics Recycling Options

    Dell Reconnect at Goodwill locations *FREE

    Harborcreek Goodwill  ○  1980 Nagle Rd.  ○  (814) 616-4260

    Summit Towne Center Goodwill  ○  7200 Peach St.  ○  (814) 866-4762

    Millcreek Goodwill  ○  2601 W. 26th St.  ○  (814) 833-4501

    Environmental Coordination Services & Recycling (ECS&R)  ○  3237 Highway 19, Cochranton, PA  ○  (814) 425-7773

    Erie County E-Cycling Events  ○  (814) 451-6009  ○  Registration required

    Lincoln Recycling  ○   1602 Selinger Ave.  ○   (814) 838-7628

     


  • Fiesler West Recycling  ○  1202 W. 16th St.  ○  (814) 454-6609
  • Fees will be charged depending on the amount being disposed.

    Beez Appliances  ○  916 Parade St.  ○  (814) 455-2192

    Waste Management  ○  851 Robinson Rd.  ○  (814) 824-7800

    And other appliance stores certified to remove freon. Once the Freon is removed, you must take it to Lincoln Recycling or Liberty Iron & Metal.

  • Why don’t we accept glass curbside?

    When mixed with other recyclables, glass breaks and ruins both the glass container and the other items in the bag. Once contaminated, the items cannot be sorted by our recycling vendor and the entire bag is thrown into the trash. 

    Where can I recycle glass?

    Rinse glass containers and remove caps or lids. Labels can stay on. Drop off at:

     

    Bayfront Glass, LLC    Main Location (24/7 drop-off)    1310 East Ave, Erie  ○  (814) 464-5880

    Bayfront Glass, LLC    Whole Foods Co-op Location (regular store hours)    1341 W. 26th St. 

     

    Check www.bayfrontglass.com for pop-up glass recycling events.

     

    Prism Glass Recycling   ○  Bayview Park  ○  Cherry St. & W. 2nd St.

    Prism Glass Recycling   ○  Glenwood Park  ○  W. 41st St. & Glenwood Park Ave.

    Prism Glass Recycling   ○  Rodger Young Park  ○  1807 Downing Ave.

    Prism Glass Recycling   ○  Joseph Walczak Sr. Park  ○  Alan Dr. South

  • Fees will be charged depending on the amount being disposed.

    Corrosives

    Drain cleaners, rust removers, oven cleaners

    Flammables

    Gasoline, kerosene, butane, oil base paint, paint thinners

    Toxics 

    Pool chemicals, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, rat and mouse poison, flea collars, roach and ant killer, window cleaner, furniture polish, antifreeze, brake fluid, fluorescent lights, mercury, etc.

    Environmental Coordination Services & Recycling (ECS&R)  ○  3237 Highway 19, Cochranton, PA  ○  (814) 425-7773

    Erie County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events   ○  (814) 451-6009

  • Aluminum, Brass, Cast Iron, Copper, and Steel

    Liberty Iron & Metal  ○  646 E. 18th St.  ○  (814) 452-4549 

    Lincoln Recycling  ○  1602 Selinger Ave.  ○  (814) 838-7628

    Metalico  ○  10224 West Main St. (RT. 20)  ○  North East  ○  (814) 725-1253

     

  • Latex Based Paint

    Remove lid and let the contents air dry in your garage or basement or add a waste paint hardener or cat litter. Make sure the open can is out of the reach of children or little critters. When paint hardens, dispose of paint with refuse. The can, with the lid off, can be placed with curbside recyclables.

    Oil-Based Paint

    Flammable-Household Hazardous Waste (fees will be charged depending on the amount disposed).

    Environmental Coordination Services & Recycling (ECS&R)  ○  3237 Highway 19, Cochranton, PA  ○  (814) 425-7773

    Erie County HHW Collection Events    (814) 451-6009


  • Erie Pallet Company    1835 E. 12th St.    (814) 452-4961
  • Newspaper, phone books, paperback, and comic books

    Erie Energy Products, Inc.    1400 Irwin Dr.    (814) 454-2828


  • Recycle plastic bags at most grocery stores. Call your local grocer and ask if they recycle plastic bags.

    Plastic bags cause significant issues with the equipment at recycling facilities, jamming up the machines and requiring the entire facility to halt operations so the plastic film can be removed. These delays affect the success of overall recycling operations and can impact the cost of the program.
  • Laser or Inkjet

    Toner Buyer  ○  Once on their website, choose option 1 to sell your empty printer cartridge. Toner Buyer will send a free shipping label via email. 


  • A fee may be charged. Small hand held propane tanks are recyclable, if the tops are cut off. Otherwise they can be disposed of in the regular garbage. 

     

    Rent-A-Wreck    4340 West Ridge Rd.    (814) 833-9941

    Low Bucs Propane    11526 East Lake Rd.    (814) 725-1325

    Lincoln Recycling  ○  1602 Selinger Ave.  ○  (814) 838-7628


  • Foam Fabricators Limited   6550 West Ridge Rd.   (814) 838-4538

    Only accept foam packaging and styrofoam board. The products must be white in color and clean. NO peanuts.

    Pony Express   1903 West 8th St.   (814) 456-6245   Any type of Styrofoam accepted


Contact

Department of Public Works

626 State St.
Room 504
Erie, PA 16501
(814) 870- 1450

Office of Sustainability

626 State St.
Room 507
Erie, PA 16501

Sarah Peelman
Recycling and Sustainability Coordinator
(814) 870- 1255

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