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White Oak Borough will hold a community hazardous and electronic waste recycling program Saturday (July 20) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the municipal building.
Councilman Steve Pholar announced the event at the July borough council meeting.
Residents can bring household chemicals -- including paint, cleaning products, batteries, pool chemicals, oil, and more -- and electronics -- such as TVs, computers, and cell phones -- to this pay-as-you-go program to dispose of these items in a responsible way.
To participate, residents must schedule an appointment through Environmental Coordination Services & Recycling by calling 1-866-815-0016, or by using the online scheduling portal.
For a full list of acceptable recyclables and pay rates, please visit the White Oak Borough website, or call the Borough office at (412) 672-9729.
Vacant Property Recovery Program Announced: During borough council’s Planning and Zoning Committee report, Councilman Lou Bender announced that residents of White Oak are eligible to participate in the Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program.
Through Sept. 30, the county is accepting applications to acquire vacant properties at a reduced cost to the applicant.
Acceptable parcels include side yard to owner-occupied primary residences, the demolition of a blighted structure, or the rehabilitation of a blighted structure.
Applicants must be current on taxes, water, and sewage, must not have any outstanding code violations or municipal liens, and must refuse bills on all properties owned in Allegheny County.
Up to 60 total applications will be accepted in the order in which they are received, with no more than five applications per municipality.
For more information about the program, including property requirements and costs to the applicant, contact the Borough office.
Construction Continues at WOAA: Borough Engineer Ken Hillman announced that work will continue on various projects at the White Oak Athletic Association.
Council has authorized new lighting for the gymnasium and designs are underway to revamp the restrooms on the property. Repairs to correct a leak in the roof were made by Tennis Roofing & Asphalt.
Hillman is also waiting to hear from Peoples Natural Gas in regards to converting the WOAA facility to use natural gas for its primary energy source. He anticipates getting more information from the company for this potential project in the next few weeks.
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Originally published July 16, 2019.