Construction Junction - Building Material Reuse

Construction Junction promotes conservation through the reuse of building materials.
Pittsburgh’s first non-profit building material reuse retailer.

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Recycling & REUSE Resources AT CJ

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As a service to our community, we offer a few drop-off recycling services during our regular store hours only: 

CJ also serves as a drop-off station for the City of Pittsburgh's recycling program, bicycles for Free Ride & certain medical supplies for Global Links.

If you can't see your item on this page, you can't bring it to CJ, but please check out our Other Recycling Links page for info on other organizations offering recycling.

 

Freon Appliances: air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers.

We do not pick up freon appliances (unless the appliances are part of a kitchen set donation). Please come into the store to pay the $10 fee, then reverse your vehicle to the Donate Here doors to drop them off any time during our regular business hours. The freon is removed and not allowed to vent into the atmosphere, where it has been linked to ozone depletion. Once the freon is removed, your appliance will be recycled for the scrap metals. Your fee supports Construction Junction continuing to offer this community service.

Non-Freon Appliances: dishwashers, ovens, washing machines, dryers, stoves.

We do not pick up single appliances (unless the appliances are part of a kitchen set donation). If you'd like to drop off an appliance, please reverse your vehicle to the Donate Here doors at any time during our regular business hours. If your appliance is not working but is mostly metal you may still donate it and it will be scrapped. If it is working, it will go into our inventory to be sold, supporting Construction Junction’s mission.

Scrap Metal

Any steel, iron, brass, copper, aluminum can be donated to CJ for scrap. If you have any old rusty metal cabinets, hardware, short pieces of steel studs, etc., bring them to Construction Junction and help us reduce our disposal costs and promote recycling. Please reverse your vehicle to the Donate Here doors at any time during our regular business hours to make your scrap metal donation. Please DO NOT go to to the dumpsters with your items.

 

Lightbulbs and Ballasts

Construction Junction collaborates with Scott Electric to recycle a variety of lightbulbs and ballasts, and with Duquesne Light's WattChoices program for free CFL recycling drop off. Customers with lightbulbs, ballasts or batteries (see below), should come inside Construction Junction to pay for their items first. If you wish to recycle ballasts, you must bring them inside to be weighed by the cashier. Bulbs and ballasts can then be taken to the Donate Here doors where a CJ staff member will check your receipt and receive your materials. Here are the items that you can recycle and the associated fees:

NO BROKEN OR COATED BULBS!

Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs) --  FREE, drop off at the register

Lightbulbs  --  $1 each

  • Fluorescent tubes 8' long or under
  • Incandescant lightbulbs (includes halogen bulbs)
  • Fluorescent "U" or circle lamps
  • High Intensity Discharge bulbs, including High Pressure Sodium, Mercury Halide and Mercury Vapor

NO BROKEN OR COATED BULBS!

Ballasts-  $1 per pound, rounded up in half pound increments 

  • Electronic ballasts
  • Magnetic ballasts
  • MUST NOT BE LEAKING!
Batteries

We recycle alkaline batteries for $0.25 each.  The terminals of each battery must be taped (any tape will do).  Please pay for these at the register.  A CJ staff member will then check your receipt and receive your materials.

Bicycles - Free Ride

Free Ride is not a traditional repair shop, where you drop off a bike and someone fixes it, but a bicycle educational facility.  Donations of used bicycles are accepted at Construction Junction when we're closed - please reverse your vehicle to the Donate Here doors at CJ. The entrance to Free Ride is on North Lexington Street, towards the intersection with Thomas Blvd. Hours vary, please check our website.

Medical Supplies - Global Links

Global Links, a medical relief and development organization, collects items for home health care and includes them in health improvement projects in underserved communities. You can be sure the medical equipment you no longer have any use for will be sent to where it is desperately needed! See what Global Links accepts by clicking here. If you have acceptable materials to donate, please reverse your vehicle to the Donate Here doors and staff will help unload.

City of Pittsburgh Recycling Drop Off

Managed by the City of Pittsburgh and conveniently located in Construction Junction’s parking lot is a recycling drop off station. 
**Please do NOT drop any building materials, trash, paint or electronics at the City Recycling Bins.**
**PLEASE NOTE: Drop-off is only available during CJ's regular hours of operation.**
Accepted materials:

  • Glass
  • Cans
  • Plastics (numbers 1 - 5 & 7) — #6 plastics not accepted
  • Corrugated cardboard (please flatten your boxes before arrival) 
  • Magazines & Catalogs
  • Paperboard (for example - cereal boxes)
  • Junk Mail
  • Phone Books
  • Hardback Books
  • White office paper
  • Newspaper

 

Need more info?

Try our "What We Accept" page for more information on material acceptance. 

Have questions? Hopefully, the answer can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions here.

And please don't forget that REUSE IS THE GREENEST CHOICE YOU CAN MAKE so if an item is reusable, please try to find a new user first - Pittsburgh Freecycle or a Craigslist free 'curb alert' listing, or other area building material reuse retailers and thrift stores are good starting points for finding a new user for your item if it's something we can't accept.

Recycling TVs and Electronics around Allegheny County

There are lots of places to take TVs and e-waste, here's a link to some of the many other locations that accept e-waste. The links on the map below show where you can drop off TVs and electronics—by sharing this information, we're just trying to be helfpul, please be sure to check your items are accepted at a specific location before you leave home!

View tv recycling in a full screen map

Read about the 2013 law on disposing of TVs and computers, etc. on the City of Pittsburgh website here and in the Post-Gazette here.

Electronic Waste recycling drop off rules:
  • For RESIDENTIAL customers ONLY
  • ONLY during our regular store hours
  • Items must be intact, with no broken or cracked plastic or glass, but they don't have to be working. .
  • MAXIMUM # OF MONITORS OF ANY KIND IS 4 PER DROP-OFF (THIS INCLUDES TVS, COMPUTER MONITORS, ETC.).
  • Items you can drop off at CJ: Desk top and laptop computers, cell phones/PDAs/smart phones, small home printers-copiers-fax machines, DVD players, telephones, routers, switches, remote controls, video recorders and digital cameras.
  • Reverse vehicle up to Donate Here doors after paying any fees that apply and ring the doorbell (to the left of Door 1) for service.
  • BUSINESS customers and all customers with items with BROKEN OR CRACKED GLASS OR PLASTIC, please contact eLoop llc 724-519-7646.
  • We do NOT accept:

♦ floppy discs,

♦ CDs, DVDs,

♦ magnetic tapes (VHS/DLT/LTO or reel),

♦ smoke detectors

♦ home thermostats, thermometers,

♦ small appliances: mixers, toasters, blenders, hair dryers, curling irons,

♦ bookshelf and larger speakers,

♦ copy/fax machines or

♦ universal waste (lighting and batteries).

Ewaste receycling is carried out by eLoop llc, who ensure that materials are not exported or placed in a landfill by operating a complete recycling system that turns end of life electronics back into commodity grade materials like metal, glass and plastic. Their goal is to prepare electronic materials for a second life in another form through the loop of activity that will keep our environment safe.