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Peace of Mind for Proper Disposal of Electronics

Do your residents have a plan for the proper disposal of electronics? The majority of electronics are not able to be processed by typical recycling facilities and/or placed in landfills due to the batteries, lead, and other materials that would lead to environmental harm. Illegal dumping remains a huge problem for communities in Western Pennsylvania, as residents are unsure of the recycling protocols and/or the location or electronics disposal facilities. 

Three Allegheny County municipalities have figured out solutions to this recycling dilemma: asset management. Munhall, Wilkinsburg, and West Mifflin are three different communities with a common quandary: what should their residents do with electronic waste? In some of the communities, residents were calling on the municipality to find a solution and in others residents were taking matters into their own hands and tossing the waste illegally over the hillside.  Working with eLoop llc, an IT lifecycle management company, these municipalities were each able to find a unique process to address the issue. 

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Help the Summer Food Program Provide Free Meals & Fun!

Know of a restaurant or community organization that wants to give back to the community? Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is in need of unique partnerships to bring a greater variety of food, marketing, and activities to Summer Food sites throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania (Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Somerset, and Washington Counties) to increase participation in this program. Only about 1 in 7 kids are currently participating. There are many ways that businesses or organizations can get involved!

  • Sponsor a site – run a Summer Food Program site in the community and receive federal reimbursements of about $4 for lunches or dinners provided to kids.
  • Become a food vendor for a site – instead of running a site, just provide the food for a location and enter into a contract with that site for a set reimbursement amount per meal.
  • Become a community site – receive free meals to distribute to kids in the community at a set location that you supervise.
  • Provide activities at a site – many sites are in need of engaging activities to encourage kids to participate. Cooking clubs, sports, or arts and crafts activities could be something that draws kids to the site!

Not only will a restaurant or community organization be serving the community, but we will work to make sure they are recognized for their efforts. If you are interested in participating, have questions, or have connections with interested parties, please contact Chris West at Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank at 412-460-3663 x495 or Thank you!

News, Research, and Innovations


Pittsburgh’s drinking water passes ‘major milestone’ as lead levels fall below federal threshold
“After several years of controversy over lead in the drinking water and test results out of federal compliance, officials from Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority [PWSA] say new lead test results are both a step in the right direction and a sign that the worst may be in the rearview mirror."

Legislature approves natural gas tax credit to lure petrochemical makers to Pennsylvania
Years after Pennsylvania offered Royal Dutch Shell one of the largest tax incentives in state history to build a petrochemical plant in Beaver County, concerns about climate change, plastics pollution and the future economic identity of the region prompted a debate: If leaders had to do it again, should they make the same choice?

Recycling Program Creates a New Life for Textiles
“We’re looking to increase recycling of specialty materials—and textiles are an obvious next step. Ninety-five percent of all U.S. textiles can be reused or recycled, yet only 15% are,” said Aurora Sharrard, director of sustainability in the Office of Sustainability.

After 5 Years Of Work, Pittsburgh Releases Plan To Expand Biking Amenities
The city of Pittsburgh has released a roadmap to make the city more friendly to bikes and other light modes of transportation. The proposed Pittsburgh Bike (+) Master Plan has been in the works for five years.

Environmental trust fund established for five Mon Valley communities
U.S. Steel Corp. and Allegheny County have finalized a settlement of 2018 and 2019 air pollution violations that establishes an independently administered fund of more than $3 million for environmental improvement projects in five Mon Valley communities hardest hit by the company’s emissions.