Franklin West Adapts to Mandatory All-In-One Recycling

We get it. Recycling sometimes seems like a chore rather than doing a good deed. Having to sort and keep trash separate can become a tedious task for life in an apartment. Not to mention, finding the space to keep the trash separate. Next thing you know, the mail and milk cartons are stacking up at your apartment door because you forgot to take them out with the regular trash.

Republic Services, the company contracted to haul waste from many of Franklin West apartment buildings, wants to take the difficulty out of recycling. At the beginning of 2018, Republic Services introduced mandatory All-In-One Recycling. This means using one container! With no more sorting, you will be reaping the many benefits of doing your part to save the world while saving time and space.

Each ton of recycled paper can save:

  • 17 Trees
  • 380 Gallons of Oil
  • 3 Cubic Yards of Landfill Space
  • 4,000 Kilowatts of Energy
  • 7,000 Gallons of Water

Here’s a refresher on what you can and can not put in your apartment building’s recycling container.

Do Recycle

  • Metal: Aluminum, Bi-Metal, Steel Food Cans (Don’t forget to rinse first!)
  • Plastics: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #7 (Click here for further definition of plastic criteria)
  • Glass: Clear, Green, & Brown Glass Containers
  • Paper: Magazines, Advertising Inserts, Junk Mail, Phone Books, Newspaper, Envelopes, Catalogs, Paperback Books, Coupons/Receipts, Computer Paper
  • Paperboard Boxes: Cereal, Juice, and Tissue Boxes
  • Cardboard & Cardboard Boxes: Just toss it in the bin!
  • Cartons: Milk, Almond/Soy Milk, Cream and Orange Juice Cartons

Don’t Recycle

  • NO Garbage, Food Waste, or Hazardous Waste
  • NO #6 Plastics (Polystyrene or more commonly styrofoam containers or packing peanuts)
  • NO Styrofoam or Fast Food Wrappers
  • NO Pizza Boxes
  • NO Lids – Plastic or Metal
  • NO Pie Pans – Aluminum or Foil
  • NO Paper Towel Rolls or Toilet Paper Rolls
  • NO Shredded Paper
  • NO Ceramics
  • NO Light Bulbs or Ceramics
  • NO Tempered or Plate Glass
  • NO Plastic Bags (not even the blue ones from the grocery store!)
    • Use Grocery Store Drop-Off Area for these Bags


This move to All-In-One Recycling stems from a global effort to dispose of waste more efficiently. The New York Times reported a worldwide backup in disposal efforts when China announced just last year that it would severely limit the amount and types of waste that is brought into the country.

The very familiar “blue” plastic grocery bags not only interfere with the ability to process and sort recycling efficiently, but they are among the items specifically being targeted by China’s new ban. In short, many materials that were once deemed recyclable, no longer are. With this ban, many municipalities where Franklin West properties are located are now having to quickly revise their guidelines in response. Once revised municipal guidelines are published in response to these new rules, we will certainly let you know.

Efforts in protecting the environment don’t just lie with you. This is a global stand to maintain a safe environment for generations to come. With the help of Republic Services easy All-In-One Recycling system, you too can help paint the bigger picture.

9 Ways to Say Thank You on Mother’s Day.

Mothers dedicate every waking second to the happiness of their family. They were up at the crack of dawn to make sure you got on the yellow school bus, and had their phones ready in case you had an emergency while in college. They cut the crusts off your sandwiches when you were five, and still at your side twenty years later to help move you into your first place.  

Essentially, you’re a functioning human being because of your momma so she deserves a day commemorating her life’s work.

It’s time to stray from giving the same old $20 gift card. Here’s a list of 9 things you can do or buy for your mom this Mother’s Day.

Options for Mother’s Day Brunch

Called the most delicious, authentic French cuisine by Pittsburgh locals for seven years in a row, Paris 66 will give your best gal a taste of France without getting on a plane. A charming ambiance, this bistro is hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday, May 13th.

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There’s no need to keep scrambling for places to eat. The Yard has the Mother’s Day menu every Pittsburgh mama wants. Plus, treat your mom to a bloody mary bar and basically bottomless mimosas.

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With a warm and cozy atmosphere, Cashbah offers a unique dining experience with a year-round garden patio. To help you celebrate the lovely lady in your life, Cashbah is extending their brunch hours from 11 am to 2 pm.

See the brunch menu:


Though places like Mansions on Fifth and La Feria, may not have a Mother’s Day menu, the food genuinely speaks for itself. Either restaurant would also be a delicious choice.

Look to Local Shops for Timeless Gifts

A portal of discovery, Anthropology offers a variety of women’s apparel and accessories, intimates, home furniture and décor, beauty, and gifts. Find gift inspiration especially made for your mom in mind on the official website. Plus, stop by the Penn Ave location for a Mother’s Day event from 12 to 5 pm with special treats, crafts for kids, and much, much more.

Promising to nourish people’s lives, Williams Sonoma carries high-quality products for the everyday home. They have options for the baking mama, the gardening mama, and gift baskets for the mom who deserves some time to herself. Williams Sonoma can make personalized gifts too. Order before the end of Wednesday to get your gift in time for Sunday or just stop in the Shadyside store location.  

Why settle for any gift when you can give mom a unique one? Since the 70’s, the founders at Four Winds Gallery committed to bringing the Pittsburgh community extraordinary Native American jewelry and art. Though, slightly on the pricier side, the Mother’s Day jewelry collection from Four Winds Gallery is absolutely exotic and immersed in culture. Get some help finding a gift for mom from the Four Wind’s team at the Shadyside location.


Still not sure your mom would appreciate gifts from the local stores above? Offering classic Mother’s Day gifts, check out these honorable mentions: Eureka! Chocolates & gifts and Alex’s East End Floral Shop.

Share an Experience with Mom

Celebrate Mother’s Day by enjoying “mom and me” time at Evolve Wellness Spa. It’s quality time in the most relaxing way. Click the link above for all the info you need to know.

A massage might not do the trick, but maybe laughter will. After all, the best form of medicine comes from a chuckle or two. Take your mom out for a few laughs at Steel City Improv. Just know that shows are only Friday and Saturday nights, so plan wisely!

Looking for something to do for the majority of Sunday? Spend a couple hours at The Frick! Explore historic and art focused exhibits, stroll through the scenic gardens, and enjoy a Mother’s Day brunch.

There you have it. Your mom has been there for the good, the bad, the smelly, and for all the excitement life has to offer. So, why not go above the norm this year and show your mom how genuinely grateful you are.


Happy Mother’s Day!

PGH Marathon 2018: 3 Need-to-Know Events in Shadyside.

May 6th rings in the 10th anniversary of the DICK’S  Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. The city illuminates with excitement as runners begin the final stages of prep for Sunday’s long run.

Residents in Shadyside will get a front-row view of marathon runners and we’re ready to cheer them on! Besides overwhelming support from our neck of the woods, runners will be relieved to find a flat, charming pathway they can enjoy. 

There’s no need to feel left out if you’re not participating in the marathon. Join the spectating crowd on race day to support those in their running shoes.  

Mile Markers Near You

  • Mile 13 – Halfway point marked between Pitt and Carnegie Museums & Library
  • Mile 14 – Corner of Fifth Avenue and St. James Street, Shadyside
  • Mile 15 – Fifth Avenue at Mellon Park prior to Penn Ave.
  • Mile 16 – Penn Ave, Point Breeze

Help encourage those powering through the marathon. Last year, marathon supporters made some exceptionally creative signs. We’re challenging you to do better!

Use #GoShadySideRunners to share your awesome signs with us on Instagram!

3 Ways to Take Part in the Fun

At the corner of Bellefonte and Walnut street root for the runners and enjoy all the festivities! Plus, Tim Vitullo and his band will be performing for the duration of the Pittsburgh Marathon at the corner of Walnut Street and Ivy Street in Shadyside.

Relay runners, attempting the 26.2 miles as a team, will have their third exchange at mile 15.6 near Mellon Park between Fifth and Penn avenues.  

This one is for the athletes who ran in the marathon. Lululemon in Shadyside teamed up with Sports Performance + Spine to offer runners an evening of soft tissue recovery after Sunday’s race. It will be held on Tuesday, May 8th at 6 pm. Click the link above for details.


It’s almost time to take your marks, runners, we’ll be cheering for you!



Header image by DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Facebook