A closeup of people lining Washington Road in their Lebo gear, including kids and adults waiving at the camera.


2024-28 Trash & Recycling Contract

Mt. Lebanon Commissioners select Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill for upcoming solid waste/recycling contract.

On June 5, 2023, SHACOG opened bids for solid waste collection, disposal and recycling. Bids were received from two companies: Waste Management and Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill.  Bid options for municipal solid waste and recycling included weekly, bi-weekly, traditional manual collection and automated collection services. The municipality needed to enter into a five-year contract with one of the providers before August 19, 2023. The contract will begin January 1, 2024, and run through December 31, 2028. The cost will be a significant increase over current rates.

The Commission discussed the options at a discussion session on June 27 and again on August 8.

At the August 8 regular meeting, the Commission voted 5-0 to award the contract for solid waste and recycling to Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill, LLC for weekly manual collection of solid waste, bi-weekly manual collection of recyclables with costs to be paid on a per-unit basis. The estimated five-year cost of the contract is $18,278,495. Additionally, the Commission authorized the proper municipal officials to execute the Articles of Agreement with Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill, LLC provided the agreement continues the current arrangement of up to 15 bags per week of solid waste and unlimited recycling with the ability to collect one bulk item per week.

What are some things to note?

  • Most of Mt. Lebanon’s collection schedule will be the same as it is now, but there can be some changes. We hope to have the schedule out in a few months so that you will have time to familiarize yourself with it before it takes effect in January. We will insert the schedule into the Mt. Lebanon Magazine delivered to your home, we will post it on this website and we will have schedules available for pickup at the Mt. Lebanon Municipal Building, 710 Washington Road.
  • Residents will be able to continue to use their own containers for both recycling and garbage with a maximum of 15 bags of garbage and unlimited recycling. You MUST place a recycling sticker on cans that contain recycling. Do NOT put cardboard near your trash bins or the hauler may mistake that for trash.
  • We will continue to have bi-weekly recycling collection but starting in January of 2024, all of Mt. Lebanon will be on the same recycling week. This will mean you do not have to remember if it is recycling week for your street or not. We will all be on the same schedule. Starting in January, we will send a LeboALERT in the trash/recycling category when it is recycling week for all of us. Once we get in the habit, we will fade the reminders.
  • The contractor will pick up one bulk item per week. (Currently, residents can put out two items per week.)
  • Residents will be pleased to learn that curbside glass recycling is coming back starting in January. The bids allowed for clear, brown, blue and green glass that are food and beverage containers. Pyrex and window glass were not accepted previously and still will not be accepted. However, Mt. Lebanon will continue to operate a drop-off location at Village Square near Kohls. Since that process does not result in glass mixing with other recycling materials, it is a purer form of recycling and more glass will ultimately be recycled. For that reason, we are still recommending residents use that site, as well as the Michael Brothers’ site, in order to ensure more glass is recovered.
  • Christmas Tree pickup will be done in-house, on a different collection schedule than in the past. Details will be released soon.
  • We will continue to update this page as we learn more about the logistics of the new contract. Please bookmark the page and visit often.

The Commission has yet to discuss how to pay for the increased cost of this contract. Conversations have started now on that topic but the decision will likely come closer to budget time. Watch the video from the August 22 discussion session when the Commission learned of some options from senior staff.