The latest new from Valley Waste Service. Look here for announcements, special information and notifications.

Be Stormwater Smart

7/24/2018

Stormwater runoff pollution is a widespread challenge for communities across Pennsylvania. Over the past 100 years, roads, parking lots, sidewalks, and roofs have become a major part of our communities. As a result, rain that should naturally soak into the ground instead goes into storm drains and, from there, directly into rivers and streams. This stormwater carries significant pollution,...Read More

Closed for Memorial Day

5/23/2018

We will be closed on Memorial Day, May 28. Collections will be one day later this week. Read More

Reuse Fest, Hard-To-Recycle Events, Household Chemical Collection and More!

3/13/2018

The PA Resources Council has released its 2018 schedule of events for Drug Take-Back, Hard-To-Recycle Collections, Household Chemical Collections, and Reuse Fest. Reuse Fest Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018 Time: 10 AM - 2 PM Location: Children's Hospital Employee Parking Lot (55th and Harrison Streets, Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh) Details: Donate your gently-used materials...Read More

Renewable Energy from Seneca Landfill

2/15/2018

What happens to your garbage after it leaves your house? You may think that when your trash goes into the landfill, that's the end of the story. But at Seneca Landfill, that's just the beginning! Seneca Landfill, part of the Vogel Holding family of businesses, has taken on the valuable task of turning landfill gas into renewable energy. Natural gas can be used for fueling CNG...Read More

Winter Weather Trash Tips

2/1/2018

Winter weather makes everything a little bit trickier. Even small things, like picking up your garbage, can become complicated when there are several inches of snow on the ground. To ensure that you receive consistent service, please make sure to follow these guidelines. How should you prepare your trash for collection? Trash Cart: Use trash bags and keep the lid closed. Drivers will...Read More

Valley Waste Service, Inc. Announces Driver of the Year for 2017

12/26/2017

Valley Waste Service, Inc. is pleased to announce the recipient of their 2017 Driver of the Year Award, Benjamin Kaskalavich III. Ben started with the company five years ago as a Thrower/One-Ton Driver in the Residential Department. Concurrently, he began studying for his Commercial Driver’s License and was promoted to a Rear Loader Driver just two years later. Ben has demonstrated...Read More

Happy Holidays from the Vogel Family

12/22/2017

As the holiday season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and those who have helped to shape our businesses over the past 60 years. When we here at Valley Waste Service think of all the benefits of being in our business, we quickly think of our relationships with great customers like you. Thank you for giving us the chance to serve you. The end of the year brings no...Read More

First Annual Food Drive Concludes

12/20/2017

This holiday season, the Vogel Holding companies completed our first company-wide food drive. We placed 95-gallon containers at each business to collect our employees' donations of non-perishable foods and household goods. The response was even warmer than we could have expected. Employees at each company were thrilled to donate, knowing that their contributions would be used to...Read More

Valley Employees Throw Food In Cans - For a Great Cause

12/15/2017

For the past month, Valley Waste Service employees have been throwing away food... for a great cause! Starting November 27th, clean bins were placed at each Vogel Holding company to collect new, unopened food and household essentials. On December 18th, foods and goods will be picked up by 412 Food Rescue/724 Food Rescue and the Grove City Community Food Pantry. The collected items will be...Read More

Valley Waste Wins AFIG Grant for CNG Station

12/1/2017

This week, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Valley Waste Service has been awarded an Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant (AFIG) for $400,000. This grant will be used to build a CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) fueling station at Valley Waste's location. Compressed natural gas is a cleaner alternative to diesel or gasoline fuel for our fleet. Using CNG as fuel allows us to take advantage of the...Read More

Multi-Million Dollar Equipment Upgrade at TC Recycling

11/16/2017

We're proud to share that our parent company, Vogel Holding, has recently invested in state-of-the-art sorting and processing equipment for our sister company, TC Recycling. The recycling line has been completely overhauled with a new system able to process 600 tons of recyclables per week - four times more than before! This massive investment is helping divert more recyclable materials...Read More

America Recycles Day is November 15

11/13/2017

Valley Waste Service feels strongly that recycling is critical to the environment and economy of America, so in honor of America Recycles Day (November 15, 2017) we want to answer some frequently asked questions about recycling. Does recycling really make a difference? Yes, recycling absolutely makes a difference. We cannot overstate that. Recycling has important environmental, economic...Read More

October 28: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

10/26/2017

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, to be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. This is a great...Read More

Can Food Waste Heat Your Home?

10/6/2017

If you're like most Americans, there's something in your refrigerator that's past its prime. Maybe it's leftovers from last week's dinner. Maybe it's produce that you didn't have time to cook. Or perhaps it's a jar of salsa that you don't even remember buying. When you do get a chance to toss it out, you may think that's the end of the road. But if...Read More

Valley Waste Service's Commitment to Sustainability

8/23/2017

As part of the Vogel Holding family of businesses, Valley Waste is committed to more than just making sure your trash is picked up each week. We're part of a bigger mission which involves holding ourselves accountable for the proper, safe and responsible handling of commercial and residential garbage. Valley Waste's dedicated team works to ensure your trash and recycling are handled and...Read More

How Seneca Landfill Powers Communities in Western PA

7/31/2017

Since 2011, Seneca Landfill (part of the Vogel Holding family of businesses) has converted landfill gases into enough green energy to heat over 18,000 homes per year in Western Pennsylvania. But how does a landfill become a renewable energy resource? When organic matter ends up in a landfill, it breaks down over time. As it breaks down, it generates gases, including methane. Methane is a...Read More

How to Legally Get Rid of Tires in PA

7/24/2017

Waste tires and stockpiled tires can create many health, environmental and safety issues, so it is important to know how to properly manage them. In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to knowingly dispose of whole waste tires in a landfill or to mix whole tires with solid waste destined for disposal at a landfill. For this reason, please DO NOT throw tires in with your municipal curbside trash...Read More

What To Do with Plastic Bags (hint: don't throw them away!)

6/8/2017

For decades, plastic bags made from high-density polyethylene (#2 plastic) or low-density polyethylene (#4 plastic) have been the standard for helping shoppers get their haul home. While plastic bags are cheap to manufacture and sturdy enough to help you get your groceries home, they have become the bane of the waste industry and the environment. Plastic bags have become such a problem that they...Read More

How can you Reduce, Reuse and Recycle?

5/31/2017

You probably learned the 3 Rs of responsible waste management in school. These are the three essential components of environmentally-responsible consumer behavior - reduce, reuse and recycle. The goal of the 3 Rs is to educate people on how to prevent excessive and unnecessary waste, and to limit the consumption of non-renewable resources. If you have a young child at home, or just need a...Read More

Requesting Dumpster Service for Spring Cleaning and Projects

5/10/2017

Spring projects often result in a lot of extra trash and rubble. Some of the most common spring projects include: General clean-outs of unwanted items from your house, attic, garage or storage unit Installing new flooring Installing new roofing or shingles Renovating a bathroom or kitchen Landscaping your property Building a new addition onto your house or office Replacing the...Read More

Allegheny County Hard-To-Recycle Event May 13

5/8/2017

The PA Resources Council will host its first Hard To Recycle collection event for 2017. It will be held May 13 from 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. at the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, Frazer Township. Other upcoming collection event dates: June 24: Quaker Valley High School, Leetsdale, Allegheny County July 29: La Roche College, McCandless, Allegheny County August 12: Century...Read More

TCI Honors Shelly Mathieson

4/28/2017

Tri-County Industries, Inc., a division of Vogel Holding, Inc., honors Shelly Mathieson for her 34 years of outstanding service. Since her start in 1983 in the Billing department, Shelly has been willing to learn and perform each office position, from Accounts Payable and Receivable to Human Resources to Dispatch. A true "Jill of all trades," Shelly is capable of handling everything...Read More

2017 National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

4/27/2017

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, to be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day provides a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal for prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications. This is a great...Read More

Tips for Spring Cleaning and Decluttering

4/17/2017

Open the windows! Start the garden! Break out the short-sleeved shirts! Warm weather has finally returned to Pennsylvania. As you put away the wool sweaters, you're probably starting to feel a deep-seated itch to do a little spring cleaning. A thorough spring cleaning consists of two parts: cleaning up standard dirt and dust, and getting rid of any unnecessary items you've...Read More

Collection Dates for Household Chemical, Drug, Hard-To-Recycle Materials

3/28/2017

The PA Resources Council has provided 2017 dates for the collection/drop-off of a variety of hard-to-dispose-of materials. You can view all of the dates on the PRC website. Events are scheduled for a variety of hard-to-dispose-of materials, such as: automotive fluids, household cleaners, pesticides, paints and other household chemicals e-waste such as computer towers and peripheral...Read More

How to Organize a Community Cleanup

3/16/2017

Winter Storm Stella may have made it hard to think about spring and outdoor activities, but in the next few weeks, communities all over Pennsylvania will come together to beautify their neighborhoods. From May 1 through March 31, volunteers participate in a statewide event known as the Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania. The main focus of this initiative is to clean up litter and debris...Read More

Household Hazardous Waste Management

2/27/2017

Here's a fact for trivia night: each person in the state of Pennsylvania produces an average of 4 pounds of Household Hazardous Waste per year. And if every person in PA generates 4 pounds per year, that's a total of 25,000 tons per year statewide! Household Hazardous Waste consists of items and materials that can pose environmental and public health concerns if not managed properly....Read More

How to Get Rid of an Old Mattress and Box Spring

2/20/2017

Presidents' Day is one of the most popular days of the year for mattress sales. If you've had your current mattress for more than 8 years, or if your quality of sleep has been suffering because of discomfort at night, you might be out searching for a new mattress this weekend. But getting a new mattress presents a problem: what to do with your old mattress and box spring? Here are...Read More

Valley Now Accepts Appliances with Refrigerant

2/6/2017

Valley Waste Service now accepts all appliances, including those with refrigerant, for pick-up. These include: All freezers Refrigerators Water coolers Dehumidifiers Ice makers Customers just need to call customer service at 724-843-9373 to prepay for the disposal and set up special pick-up for these items. Read More

Valley Waste Service, Inc. Announces Driver of the Year for 2016

12/15/2016

Valley Waste Service, Inc. is pleased to announce the recipient of their 2016 Driver of the Year Award, Francis Cline. During his 10-year career with the company, Francis has occupied the positions of Tractor Trailer Driver (current) and Residential Rear Loader Driver. Francis has demonstrated excellence in safety, work ethic, customer service, and compliance with Department of Transportation...Read More

Proper Disposal of Needles and Sharps

11/21/2016

When our employees handle your trash every week, they take on the risk that they might encounter something dangerous. One of the most dangerous things they might come across is a contaminated needle. If they accidentally get stuck by an improperly disposed-of needle, they put themselves at risk of contracting a deadly disease such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, tetanus or syphilis. Safe and proper...Read More

Vogel Family of Businesses Celebrates America Recycles Day

11/1/2016

America Recycles Day happens every year around the 15th of November. This national initiative, sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, encourages Americans to pay closer attention to what they throw away and what should be recycled. “America Recycles Day provides the encouragement and know-how to make recycling a common practice every day of the year,” says Brenda Pulley, senior vice...Read More

Why Children Love Garbage Trucks

10/11/2016

Over the years, we've learned that children are fascinated by garbage trucks. It’s flattering! Kids see something magical about the big beeping truck that shows up every week like clockwork to magically whisk away their garbage. Science suggests that as toddlers begin to understand object-permanence, the coming and going of garbage trucks is something they can latch onto. Our truck...Read More

Simple How-To Tips for Garbage Collection

9/20/2016

Garbage collection is simple: you put out your trash, and we collect it. But there are some tips to make sure we're able to serve you properly and consistently. Put your garbage in a bag. Our collection personnel are not permitted to reach into cans. Bags prevent loose trash from sticking or freezing to the bottom of the can, where our personnel can't reach it. Bags also prevent...Read More

How To Prevent Garbage Can Odors

8/8/2016

With August comes some of the hottest weather of the year. Hot, humid weather is the perfect recipe for problems with your garbage can: smells, sticky leaks and pests. Use these tips to minimize any unpleasant experiences with your garbage can. Always bag your garbage! Never put loose trash in your can. Rinse recyclable containers if they have come into contact with food. You shouldn't...Read More

Recycling with Valley Waste Service

6/16/2016

In 2015, Valley Waste Service's recycling services prevented several million pounds of recyclable materials from ending up in a landfill. In doing so we saved materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash instead of turning them into new products. But our recycling program is a partnership with our customers, and we need your help to ensure recyclables are properly disposed...Read More

Valley Waste Stands Up for Industry Safety

5/15/2016

Beaver Falls, PA—May 16, 2016—Valley Waste Service, Inc. announced today that it has joined the 2016 Safety Stand Down on Water Rest and Shade, an initiative of the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA.) This weeklong training and awareness effort is focused on keeping collection workers safe during hot weather. The 2016 NWRA Safety Stand Down on Water, Rest and Shade...Read More

Passing a Garbage Truck on the Road

4/18/2016

Last year, six waste collection employees nationwide died on the job after being hit by a car. This is an avoidable tragedy. As part of the NW&RA, the Vogel family of companies is committed to keeping our drivers safe. Our drivers are our most valuable resources, but they are also parents, spouses, children, and members of our community. Here are some tips to help ensure the safety of...Read More

E-Waste Disposal in Western PA

12/23/2015

Pennsylvania’s Covered Device Recycling Act states that effective in January 2013, landfills may no longer accept electronics. These items must be recycled. Valley Waste Service no longer collects: Computer devices (including desktops and laptops) Televisions (any type) Electronic peripherals (keyboards, monitors, mice, printers and other electronic devices that connect to...Read More