In celebration of Earth Day 2023 Saturday, Pennsylvania Resources Council offers three suggestions to everyone for going “green” this spring and solidifying a commitment to protecting the environment every day of the year:

1.)  Responsibly recycle electronics.

PRC hosts electronics recycling collections to provide residents with a convenient and cost-effective method of responsibly disposing of televisions, computers and other electronic equipment.

Weekday collections in Allegheny County

Registration is required. Visit for details and fee structure.

Mondays and Wednesdays (daytime) in May at South Park; May 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22 and 24.

2.) Divert waste from landfills by composting.

Approximately 30% of your waste stream is compostable, so gather kitchen scraps, yard debris and other organic matter and turn it into a valuable resource for your lawn and garden.

PRC in-person workshops and online webinars teach the benefits of backyard composting, including the overall process, methods for setting up a compost pile, proper maintenance and ways to use finished compost.  The $70 course fee includes an 82-gallon compost bin.


Registration required; visit

Tuesday, May 9, at 6 p.m., with a $20 discount in celebration of National Compost Week.

In-person workshop

Registration required; visit

Monday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m., Green Tree Public Library.

3.) Protect watersheds by using rain barrels.

Healthy watersheds are essential to the ecosystem and human health.

Attend a PRC Watershed Awareness & Rain Barrel workshop to discover how to harvest rainwater from your roof, store it in a barrel and use it in the landscape. Learn about stormwater runoff problems and techniques to reduce watershed pollution. The $80 course fee includes a 55-gallon rain barrel.


Registration required; visit

Tuesday, April 25 at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, May 23 at 6 p.m.

In-person workshops

Registration required, visit

Saturday, May 20 at 11 a.m., Fern Hollow Nature Center, Sewickley Heights.

Saturday, June 3 at 11 a.m., Construction Junction, Point Breeze.

For a complete list of PRC collection events and conservation workshops, visit

Helen is a copy editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, but she's currently on strike. Contact her at

Helen Fallon

Helen is a copy editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, but she's currently on strike. Contact her at