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For curbside recycling, all types of recycling may be mixed together and placed in a single container; no sorting is needed.
Please wash-n-squash first. Do not bag recyclables.
All items must fit into the bin with the lid closed. Items placed outside the bin normally will not be picked up.
These materials are accepted:
Read the fall 2018 issue of South Fayette Connect for details.
Visit Waste Management’s Recycle Often, Recycle Right web page for details on curbside recycling collection.
Recycling is mandatory, according to the township code.
Every eligible residence receives one 64-gallon recycling cart for free. The bin stays with the home if you move.
If you recently moved into a newly built home and need a recycling bin, please make the request using our 24-hour online Citizen Request Tracker. Or you may call South Fayette Township at 412-221-8700 during regular business hours.
Please note some areas of the Hunting Ridge neighborhood must use a different type of recycling bin.
Call the township at 412-221-8700 if you’d like to purchase additional bins for $50 each. Payment must be made by cash or check.
Residents are responsible for transporting the bin from the municipal complex, 515 Millers Run Road, to their home.
If your pickup has been missed, or if you have any other concerns regarding trash or recycling collection, please report your issue with our 24-hour online Citizen Request Tracker.
Your message will be immediately directed to Waste Management and South Fayette Township.
Alternatively, you may call the township at 412-221-8700 during regular business hours, or call Waste Management at 1-800-866-4460.
Please place your bin a minimum of 3 feet from other objects, such as your garbage can, a mailbox, a car, or a tree.
The lid opening (not the logo) should face the street.
You may write your house number on your bin with permanent marker for easy identification.
The 64-gallon wheeled carts are designed to be picked up and unloaded by automated arms attached to Waste Management trucks.
The one bin that the township provides MUST stay with the house when you move. You may take any additional bins you purchased.
Residents of newly built homes in South Fayette Township should contact the township for initial bin delivery.
Waste Management maintains the recycling bins (including wheels and lids). If your container breaks, please report the damage.
Recycling collection in South Fayette Township occurs every other week on the same day as your trash collection.
Please place bins at the curb the night before, or before 6 a.m. on pickup day, and remove promptly after emptied.
Please note that on recycling days, pickup times may vary, and there is no guarantee your recycling will be picked up at the same time each collection.
If a Waste Management scheduled holiday falls during the week (Monday-Friday) and your scheduled pickup is on or after the holiday, pickup will be 1 day later for the remainder of the week. If a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, there will be no change in service.
Waste Management observes six holidays:
No. Plastic bags (grocery bags, store bags, trash bags) are not permitted in recycling bins. They cannot be recycled through the curbside recycling program.
Plastic bags get tangled in sorting machines at single-stream recycling facilities, including the one where South Fayette recyclables are sorted. The bags can prevent the sorting machine from working correctly and effectively.
Instead, take them to a bag recycling drop-off bin at a store near you.
No. Do not bag recyclables before placing them in the bin.
Simply place loose, dry items directly into the recycling bin.
At the recycling plant, if items are bagged, extra employees need to be added to open up the bag and retrieve the contents. The bag is then discarded as residue or contamination. Any bags that are missed get tangled in the sorting machines, which can prevent the machine from doing its job.
In general, cardboard boxes must be flattened and placed inside a recycling bin with the lid closed in order to be collected by Waste Management’s automated recycling trucks.
However, if you are moving and disposing of a large amount of cardboard boxes at once, you can flatten them and secure them next to the recycling bin for pickup.
If you live in a Hunting Ridge townhouse or apartment, you do NOT participate in the automated recycling program, due to unique collection conditions.
You must continue using the smaller, traditional bins.
Apartments and townhouses in these areas must use smaller, manually emptied recycling bins:
No. Only the official green and yellow recycling carts may be used.
The carts are specially manufactured to work with and ensure the Waste Management automated recycling arms.
Residents are not billed for garbage or recycling collection.
South Fayette Township contracts with hauler Waste Management for curbside residential waste collection. The township pays the hauler directly from the general fund.
Commercial locations, along with apartment buildings/multi-family residences with more than four units, must make separate arrangements for waste pickup.
Specially equipped Waste Management trucks have automated arms that the driver controls to pick up the recycling carts and unload the contents into the truck.
The method is more cost-effective than traditional, manual recycling collection, and it is safer for the waste company employees.
The eastern coyote is a member of the canid, or dog family. It is larger than its western cousin - typically attributed to wolf-coyote hybridization - and usually has one of four pelt colorations: tri-color (German shepherd-like), red, blond and dark brown (appears black at a distance).
Adult males weigh 45 to 55 pounds; females, 35 to 40 pounds.
When seeing one for the first time, many people mistake eastern coyotes for dogs. Look for black lines running up and down the front of the front legs, yellow eyes and a cylindrical-shaped, low-hanging tail.
Adult coyotes are much larger than foxes, and they tend to travel trails, dirt roads and habitat edges.
Coyotes usually steer clear of people. They’ll leave an area at the first sign of human intrusion.
But under the cover of darkness, as human activities slow almost to a halt, coyotes sneak into areas they normally avoid during daylight hours. They canvass agricultural fields, visit picnic sites and backyards in rural areas, and work the waysides of interstate highways in their quest for food. Most people bump into coyotes while hunting, hiking or driving at night.
Coyotes rarely display aggressive behavior toward people. If people appear, they usually run. That’s good.
Still, coyotes deserve our respect. Barring the black bear, it’s the state’s largest predatory animal. That should be enough reason for anyone to give this animal due respect.
There have been a few incidents in the northeastern United States where coyotes have attacked people. Why is unclear, but those who study these animals believe the coyotes mistook the persons attacked as wildlife prey.
Coyotes are opportunists. They’ll eat almost anything.
Coyotes do spend considerable time mousing, but they’ll settle in a second for a rotting road-killed deer, or a cat or small dog that strays too far from the house.
Coyotes raising young can be a problem for farmers during spring and summer. Sheep, chickens and ducks are especially vulnerable.
Most times coyotes kill what they need and leave with it. But on occasion they seem to go on killing sprees.
Once an animal that could be found only in Pennsylvania’s most remote settings, coyotes, with each passing year, have been discovered closer and closer to civilization. As they adapt to living in the suburbs, their way of life may change. Given this situation, the profile on Pennsylvania’s coyotes may be incomplete.
But let’s face it, as cunning and large as this canid is, it’s quite capable of almost anything as it relates to disturbing and killing pets and some farm animals. So play it safe, give coyotes the consideration they deserve.
Coyotes howl infrequently, but when they do, especially on a cold quiet day, or right before dark, it carries for a long way in wild areas.
Howls are thought to be used by coyotes to announce their location. Coyotes are known to howl in response to loud noises like fire alarm whistles. They also seem willing to respond to most coyote howling calls, so long as they hear them.
Eastern coyotes don’t pack like wolves, but do run in family units and pairs. Although families usually break up in autumn, they occasionally stay together until breeding activity starts in mid-winter.
Coyotes do kill deer - both adults and fawns - and will feed on deer remains from highway accidents and gut piles left by hunters.
A fawn study conducted in 2000 and 2001 on the Quehanna Wild Area and in Penns Valley - near State College - concluded that predators accounted for almost half of all fawn mortalities in the study. Black bears and coyotes were nearly equal in the number of fawns they killed and together, black bears and coyotes, accounted for two-thirds of all predator mortalities.
Nonetheless, the fawn survival rates established for the two study areas were comparable to geographic areas similar to our state in the northern reaches of the white-tailed deer range and did not adversely impact the deer population’s ability to replenish annual losses caused by hunting, predators and other limiting factors.
In addition, we have not seen evidence that coyotes are killing a significant number of healthy adult deer in Pennsylvania. Being opportunists, they tend to spend more time patrolling the shoulders of state highways to consume deer killed in collisions with vehicles than stalking mature whitetails.
Coyotes usually kill deer by grabbing and holding onto their throats. Then they consume the internal organs, particularly the liver, which is very nutritious.
Dogs, on the other hand, take down deer by grabbing the hind quarters, which is also where they typically start eating.
The eastern coyote’s origin has been a topic of debate for some time. Some folks actually believe the agency has stocked coyotes in recent years to reduce deer numbers. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Coyotes have been documented in Pennsylvania since the late 1930s and ’40s. How they got here, or whether they were here all along, is the missing link to the coyote story. Some biologists believe coyotes have always been a part of Pennsylvania’s wildlife community. Others believe western coyotes migrated north into Canada, bred with gray wolves and the resulting hybrid moved south into New England and New York and, eventually, Pennsylvania. Another possibility is that coyotes held in captivity escaped or were set free.
Game Commission stocking stories began in the late ’80s after a coyote pup ear-tagged by a wildlife conservation officer was shot by a deer hunter. The pup, which was fitted with a telemetry collar and bobcat ear tag (#0026), was trapped on a Greene County farm where coyotes were killing sheep. It was hoped the pup would lead the officer to its den. Within days, however, the young coyote couldn’t be located with radio gear; it apparently had shaken its telemetry collar. The coyote, minus its collar, was shot a few months later. Stories began to spread that it bore a ear tag from a western state, and that at least 25 other coyotes had been released, given the tag’s number.
The rumors continue. The Game Commission has never released out-of-state coyotes, or trapped and transferred coyotes, and won’t in the future.
We have, however, trapped, tagged and released Pennsylvania coyotes for research purposes in recent years. We’ve also liberalized hunting seasons. Coyotes can be hunted year-round with few exceptions and there are no bag limits. Our coyote population can handle this pressure because it’s underutilized and very resilient.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is interested in meeting with anyone who can produce evidence of coyotes being stalked in the Commonwealth at anytime in the last 100 years.
We’re especially interested in seeing any of the so-called imported coyotes - tattooed, ear-tagged or whatever - that have been seen or found by eyewitnesses. If someone comes forward with evidence, we’ll look into it and report our findings to the public.
Bounties were placed on coyotes in western states for decades and they didn’t lead to any significant population reduction.
The main reason was that about 70 percent of a coyote population has to be removed annually in order to cause a population decline. Even then, coyotes - like many other species - have demonstrated an ability to offset population declines by increasing their litter size. It’s spurred by a built-in biological mechanism that responds to population deficits.
A bounty system has never successfully eliminated or significantly reduced coyote populations anywhere in North America. Coyotes have a superior ability to adapt to a changing environment. Attempts to reduce coyote populations in western states using year-round poisoning, hunting and trapping resulted in millions of dollars being spent over many decades with little reduction in coyote numbers.
The result of any predator control method is temporary and often very localized. No measurable good ever resulted from the Game Commission’s predator bounties in the 1900s. They truly were a waste of money.
Coyotes are very elusive when it comes to hunting and trapping them. You shouldn’t expect to head afield and harvest them without considerable effort and planning.
Although a substantial number of coyotes are taken annually by trappers and by hunters who call them, the largest part of the harvest is taken by deer hunters and fox trappers. The Game Commission has maintained liberal hunting opportunities for coyotes with an eye toward interesting more Pennsylvanians in pursuing them. And, more are.
But it’s tough to take one. Just ask anyone who hunts coyotes. The same applies to trapping. To generate more interest among trappers, the agency now permits certified trappers to use cable restraints for taking coyotes.
The sewage authority handles dye tests and sanitary sewer inspections. Contact the Municipal Authority of the Township of South Fayette at 412-257-5100.
Call the Building Inspection & Code Enforcement office at 412-221-8700 to schedule an inspection.
When an existing home is sold to a new owner, the closing company, real estate agent, lending institution or private party acquires two items from South Fayette Township:
In addition, the local sewer authority must issue a No-Lien Letter and Dye Test/Lateral Inspection, and the local Real Estate Tax collector must issue a tax certification.
Visit our occupancy registration webpage for details.
Waste Management, the township's waste hauler, has set guidelines for the materials accepted in curbside residential recycling carts.
The following items are ACCEPTED:
These items are NOT accepted:
Report a missed trash or recycling pickup online anytime through our Citizen Request Tracker, and your message will be automatically sent to both the township and hauler Waste Management.
Or call the township office at 412-221-8700 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Visit our trash and recycling webpage for more information about waste collection.
Register online, visit the township office at 515 Millers Run Road, South Fayette 15064, or call 412-221-8700 x217.
The Real Estate (Property) Tax Collector is elected to collect taxes for both South Fayette Township and the South Fayette School District.
Twelve polling places are located in South Fayette Township.
All voting matters are handled by the Allegheny County Elections Division.
Geocaching is a modern treasure hunt using a phone app or a GPS device to find containers or “caches” hidden all over the world--including in South Fayette Township parks.
Geocaches come in all shapes and sizes. They can be as small as a pencil eraser and as large as a Tupperware container. They are categorized by size. We recommend starting with a “regular” sized cache.
Geocaches contain a waterproof container holding a logbook or sheet, and if size permits, small trinkets.
Geocaches are hidden all over the world - from deep forest to urban areas. They are hidden in or under objects, but they are never buried.
South Fayette Township parks are home to seven geocaches.
A homeowner association is a legally recognized, nonprofit entity with automatic, mandatory membership for its homeowners. Members are required to comply with their HOA rules and standards, which are established through deeds, covenants and other legal documents that are put in place when a home is purchased.
In order to preserve architectural and aesthetic elements specific to a neighborhood, HOAs may define requirements for design elements such as paint color, landscaping, window style or fence height, as well as regulate issues such whether a resident can park an RV in the driveway or build a shed.
An HOA normally is created by either a residential real estate developer or a group of property owners. Pennsylvania does not require the formation of HOAs, but the state legally recognizes them and has established rules and responsibilities for them to adhere to.
Most HOAs are governed by a set of bylaws that outlines the structure of the organization. Elected board members may manage the HOA as volunteers, or they may hire a management company to perform the necessary duties.
HOAs usually assess monthly or annual dues to pay for operational costs and maintenance of shared property such as such playgrounds, gardens, swimming pools, clubhouses or stormwater detention basins.
Active homeowner associations are set up to enforce their own covenants. They tend to have the power to take swift action when finding a violation. HOAs can place liens on a member’s property, sue a homeowner or levy fines in situations where sometimes the township cannot.
South Fayette Township, the local government, is unable to enforce the private HOA regulations. However, the township does have the right to enforce its own laws and regulations within neighborhoods that have an HOA. The township enforces local ordinances and the International Property Maintenance Code of 2000 by issuing citations, fines or other penalties for code violations.
If you have a question or problem within your planned community, please check with your HOA first. If the HOA says it cannot enforce an issue, you may submit your concern online to determine if the township can help.
South Fayette Township maintains only public roads.
In a new housing plan, the developer or HOA privately owns the roads in the neighborhood throughout construction. Once the roads are completed and built to public standards, the developer may offer a road for public dedication.
Following a legal adoption process, the township usually assumes ownership (although sometimes, for various reasons, the developer or the HOA keeps some or all roads private).
Once South Fayette secures ownership of a road, the township can acquire maintenance funds from the state’s Municipal Liquid Fuels Program.
In some cases, several years can pass before a road is offered for public dedication, such as when a new neighborhood is in the process of being built.
During this period, the developer or HOA bears all the expenses of salting, plowing, repairing, paving or otherwise maintaining its roads. The township is legally prohibited from using public tax money to maintain private roads unless specifically contracted and paid to do so.
Most planned neighborhoods include their own stormwater basins to control water that “runs off” the development. Basins are designed to collect rainwater and snowmelt and redirect it into natural waterways to reduce flooding and erosion.
The vast majority of stormwater basins in the township are owned by HOAs, with a handful owned by other private entities or the township. HOAs are responsible for maintaining and repairing their own stormwater facilities.
An important task of HOAs is to provide the township with the results of periodic inspections of their basins and related stormwater management system—including HOA-owned storm pipes—in line with the original engineering design and by following the recommendations of a storm system design professional.
In addition to HOAs providing their own inspections, the township is required by the state to inspect all stormwater facilities from time to time for compliance with the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program, managed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under the federal Clean Water Act.
The program—which includes all HOA-owned detention basins—requires each community’s stormwater management system to return clean water to streams, creeks and rivers. Polluted water could lead to fines and penalties.
Under the MS4 program, South Fayette Township has implemented a process to regularly inspect detention basins throughout the community. Inspection reports, along with required maintenance information, are sent to basin owners and kept on file at the township building. HOAs must repair any problems discovered during inspections.
Neighborhood gatherings such as block parties are great ways for neighbors to meet and connect, and the township encourages these events when properly planned and organized.
It is the HOA’s responsibility to block the road with sawhorses, cones or other items that are readily movable in case of an emergency. Roads cannot be blocked by vehicles or big equipment.
To temporarily close a road for pedestrians during a neighborhood block party, an HOA representative must contact public safety personnel at least two weeks in advance:
To park on the street overnight in areas where parking hours are regulated, residents must request permission from the police department in advance by calling the business office at 412-221-2170. Otherwise, vehicles at the curb may be cited or removed if necessary.
When possible, please avoid parking on the street during winter plowing in order to allow safe, efficient snow removal.
Submit the following:
Ways to submit and pay:
What is a division? What is a squad? Find out how each military service branch is organized from this U.S. Department of Defense webpage on military units.
You can search for the name of a veteran or service member on the U.S. Department of Defense Military Awards for Valor webpage.
Contact the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation or the South Fayette Township Police Department to request an application for a placard.
After it is received, your family doctor fills it out, and it is returned to the Department of Transportation in Harrisburg. If you qualify, the placard is then issued by the Department of Transportation. The completed application also can be processed by a notary.
Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation website for more information.
Yes. Please complete the Vacation Check Request Form and return it to the police station, 515 Millers Run Road, during regular office hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
Call 412-221-2170 for assistance with the form.
You can mail your request to:
Records ClerkSouth Fayette Township Police Department515 Millers Run RoadMorgan, PA 15064
In your request, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a check or money order ($15 for accident reports, or $20 for a complaint or incident report) made payable to South Fayette Township Police Department. Also include the date of the complaint, accident or incident, location, incident number and/or name of the person(s) involved or operator of the vehicles. Also include a telephone number where you can be reached.
Processing time is generally 3 to 5 working days. You may stop at the South Fayette Township Police Department to pick up your report Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please call 412-221-2170 with your request so the report is available upon arrival.
Traffic citations and non-traffic citations (tickets, except for parking tickets) can be paid at the following location:
District Court 05-2-21Judge Maureen McGraw-Desmet295 Millers Run RoadSouth Fayette, PA 15017Phone: 412-221-3353
They can also be paid by mail or in person at the South Fayette Township Police Department, 515 Millers Run Road, South Fayette PA 15064, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
No. In the event of a crime, police officers should respond to the scene and gather information as soon as possible.
If you want to file a late-reported or a hit-and-run accident, you must call 911 to request an officer and then bring your vehicle to the police station. The police department will make a complaint only that you have reported the incident or accident.
The Pennsylvania State Police is the central repository for criminal history information in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The state police website details the steps for obtaining criminal history information.
The South Fayette Township Police Department provides this information to the Pennsylvania State Police for dissemination to the public via their uniform crime reporting website.
Under certain circumstances, Pennsylvania crime victims may receive compensation. For more information, visit the Victims' Compensation Assistance Program website.
No. Fingerprinting is not a service offered by the police department.
South Fayette Township contains roadways that are owned and / or maintained by three separate political entities:
State-Owned Roads Maintained by PennDOT
State-Owned Roads Maintained by South Fayette Township Public Works
County-Owned Roads Maintained by Allegheny County
Township Roads Owned and Maintained by South Fayette Township Public Works
If there is any question as to who maintains your street, please contact the township office or the public works department.
Let’s work together to ensure a safe, successful snow removal season! When snow is on the roads, please:
You can report a road snow or ice issue through our 24-hour Citizen Request Tracker webpage.
Or call the township office at 412-221-8700 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Tell us your name, phone number, address and nature of your problem. After 4:30 p.m., emergencies only may be reported to the police department by calling 9-1-1.
If you have any questions or concerns about snow removal, please contact Public Works Director Butch Truitt at 412-221-8700, ext. 223, or via email.
During winter maintenance, the department operates up to 14 trucks.
Depending on the time, duration, and intensity of the storm, the department will have anywhere from 3 to 16 employees on the roads.
South Fayette Township is divided into 13 routes, and each route is subdivided into primary and secondary routes.
Once notified of a storm emergency, the public works director or foreman determines the number of workers needed and notifies the available employees, and then distributes the required routes.
Workers first clear and treat their assigned primary routes. After all primary routes are completed and passable, they proceed to their secondary routes. When drivers finish their assigned routes, they are dispatched to help with other routes. Primary routes sometimes require several trips before secondary routes can be started.
The most efficient methods of reducing winter maintenance costs are reducing the amount of salt and anti-skid materials we use and decreasing the number of hours employees spend treating roads, while maintaining public safety.
Wetting Systems Public Works uses 2 wetting systems for our fleet of snow-fighting equipment. These units spray the salt with salt brine while it is being dispensed onto the roadway. The salt brine reduces the amount of splatter of the salt, thus keeping more of the product on the area where it is needed. The salt brine also increases the melting time of the salt, thus quickening the time it takes to melt the snow and ice.
Salt Brine / Anti-Icing The department also applies salt brine to the roadways in advance of expected winter storms. This anti-icing method has several advantages:
For information about mail-in ballots, visit Allegheny Votes or the Allegheny County Division of Elections website, or call 412-350-4500.
Find your polling place online through the Pennsylvania Department of State website.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. each Election Day.
Check your voter registration status online through the Pennsylvania Department of State website.
The deadline to register to vote is 15 days before each election. Visit the Allegheny County Elections Division website for details.