Recycling & REUSE Resources AT CJ
In addition to our own reuse store, Construction Junction offers drop off services for the reuse of
Construction Junction offers recycling services to the community for
- appliances (non-freon)
- residential electronic waste (no TVs or monitors accepted with broken or cracked screen glass or tube)
- freon appliances
- lightbulbs/ballasts (free CFL drop-off in-store - no broken CFLs accepted)
- scrap metal
For our online recycling & reuse directory click here (and help us build it by sending us more links for recycling & reuse opportunties you've found).
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.
If you can't see your items on this page, please check out the links we've provided elsewhere on our website, to find other organizations that accept items for recycling or safe disposal.
- air conditioners
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.
- washing machines
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, it will be scrapped. If it is working, it will go into our inventory to be sold, supporting Construction Junction’s mission.
- 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.
We collaborate with eLoop llc to offer FREE electronic waste (e-waste) recycling for items dropped off by RESIDENTIAL customers during our regular operating hours. Items must be intact, but don't have to be working. Please reverse your vechicle up to the doors marked Donate Here and ring the doorbell (to the left of Door 1) for service.
BUSINESS customers and all customers with TVs and monitors with broken glass or plastic parts, please contact eLoop llc 724-519-7646.
ONLY the items listed here are accepted:
- Desk top and laptop computers -- FREE!
- TVs (all sizes including console) -- FREE! REMEMBER, no TVs or monitors accepted with broken or cracked screen glass or tube
- Cell phones/PDAs/smart phones -- FREE!
- All mixed electronics -- FREE! Mixed electronics includes: printers, copiers, DVD players, fax machines, telephones, routers, switches, small appliances, remote controls, battery backup systems, video recorders and digital cameras.
We DO NOT accept: floppy discs (CD/ DVD) and magnetic tapes (VHS/DLT/LTO) or universal waste (lighting and batteries). Universal waste and media tapes can only be dropped at eLoop llc's Plum Warehouse, fees apply
eLoop llc assures 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.
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!
We recycle alkaline batteries for $.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.
Free Ride is not a traditional repair shop, where you drop off a bike and someone fixes it, but a bicycle educational facility. There is that old saying “if you give a person a fish they will eat for one day but if you teach them how to fish they will eat for a lifetime.” That is our basic philosophy at Free Ride! The entrance to our space in the CJ building is on North Lexington Street, towards the intersection with Thomas Blvd. Hours vary, please check our website.
- Donations are what sustain the shop: quality bikes, parts, and tools as well as money to pay for things like rent, new tools, programs etc.
- Donations of used bicycles are accepted at Construction Junction when we're closed - please reverse your vehicle to the Donate Here doors at CJ.
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.
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.**
- Plastics (numbers 1 - 5)
- Corrugated cardboard (please flatten your boxes before arrival)
- Magazines & Catalogs
- Paperboard (for example - cereal boxes)
- Junk Mail
- Phone Books
- Hardback Books
- White office paper
We are NO LONGER ABLE to accept donations of latex paint, owing to the cost to Construction Junction. Latex paint is NOT accepted at the recycling drop off station. Please do NOT drop any building materials or paint at the City Recycling Bins or on the parking lot.
Please see 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 the free listing part of Craigslist, 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.