The latest news from Tri-County Industries. Look here for announcements, special information and notifications.

What To Do with Plastic Bags (and how to avoid throwing 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

What does it mean to Reduce, Reuse, 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

Hard-To-Recycle Event May 13 in Frazer Township

5/8/2017

The PA Resources Council will host its first Hard To Recycle collection event of 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 III...Read More

Tri-County Industries, Inc. Honors Shelly Mathieson

4/28/2017

Tri-County Industries, 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 from Weighmaster to Software Design....Read More

DEA Prescription Drug Take Back Day: 2017

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

How To Spring-Clean and Declutter

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 Events for Chemicals, Tires, Prescriptions, Electronics

3/28/2017

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

DEP Awards $500,000 Grant to Tri-County

3/8/2017

Tri-County Industries has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Department of Environmental Protection for the installation of a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station. With the award, we intend to construct an on-site CNG fueling station to allow our fleet vehicles access to CNG fueling at their home location. This station will be owned by Tri-County Industries and will also be...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

What to do with an Old Mattress and Box Spring

2/20/2017

Presidents' Day is one of the biggest 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 some...Read More

TCI Recognized by Cleanways

12/21/2016

Tri-County Industries has been recognized by Tri-County CleanWays, a grassroots 501(c)(3) charitable organization serving Butler, Lawrence, and Mercer Counties. We have been awarded the distinction of Distinguished Business of the Year in acknowledgement of our service to the community, specifically for our recycling program provided at our customers' homes. Tri-County Industries offers a...Read More

Tri-County Industries, Inc. Announces Driver of the Year for 2016

12/15/2016

Tri-County Industries, Inc. is pleased to announce the recipient of their 2016 Driver of the Year Award, Rob Paich. Rob is a Household Driver in the Household Trash Department and has been with the company for a remarkable 27 years. Rob has demonstrated excellence in safety, work ethic, customer service, and compliance with Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations. Rob believes that...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

Basic 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

Tri-County Industries, Inc. Stands Up for Safety

5/17/2016

TRI-COUNTY INDUSTRIES, INC. STANDS UP FOR INDUSTRY SAFETY BY PARTICIPATING IN NATIONAL SAFETY STANDDOWN TO REDUCE HEAT RELATED SAFETY INCIDENTS AMONG WORKERS Stand Down Will Create a Platform for Companies and Organizations Nationwide to Improve Health Grove City, PA—May 16, 2016—Tri-County Industries, Inc. announced today that it has joined the 2016 Safety Stand Down on Water...Read More

How to Safely Pass a Garbage Truck On The Road

5/3/2016

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

Yes, It All Goes in the Same Truck.

2/19/2016

If you see your recycling going into the same truck as your garbage, there's a good reason. Tri-County Industries is expanding our use of Split-Body trash collection vehicles! These unique trucks are completely split down the middle so that regular trash can be gathered in one side, while all of your recyclables are stored in the other side. All of your waste is transported to our...Read More

Press Release: Safety Stand-Down

1/20/2016

Tri-County Industries, Inc. has joined the 2016 NWRA Safety Stand-Down, an initiative of the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA). This week-long training and awareness effort is focused around reducing accidents, fatalities and injuries related to truck backing incidents which represents a common challenge for the industry. The NWRA Safety Stand-Down on vehicle backing runs the...Read More

E-waste Disposal

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. Tri-County Industries 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

A Local Family Business

12/18/2015

Tri-County Industries, Inc. is one of the largest privately owned waste removal and recycling companies in Northwestern Pennsylvania. We provide garbage and recycling pickup for Lawrence, Crawford, Venango, Mercer, Clarion, and northern Butler counties. While we're proud of our efficient service and always-expanding business, our proudest accomplishment is our continued commitment to our local...Read More

Tri-County Industries' Rural Recycling Program

12/1/2015

It happens all the time: tossing an aluminum can in a garbage can. Putting paper junk mail in the trash. Throwing out old leftovers in a plastic to-go container. Remembering to recycle requires a little extra effort. But for those living in rural areas, it's even harder — recycling programs may not even exist. The Problem: Traditionally, rural areas have lacked recycling programs...Read More