Mayor Peduto Orders Warming Shelters Open, Refuse Collection Delay Ahead of Polar Vortex

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PITTSBURGH, PA – With temperatures forecast to to dip below zero and wind chills as low as -15 degrees tomorrow, Mayor William Peduto has ordered refuse collection to be suspended for Tuesday only and for warming centers to be activated across the City.

“Temperatures tomorrow will again be potentially hazardous and we all must take precautions to make sure our friends and neighbors are safe,” said the Mayor.

Refuse, bulk waste and recycling collection will be delayed by one day, with trash collection starting again on Wednesday. The schedule will proceed as follows: If your scheduled day of collection is Tuesday, Jan. 28, you will be serviced on Wednesday, Jan. 29 and so on for the remainder of the week. This will continue through the end of the week with Friday’s normally scheduled collection being picked up on Saturday.

In addition, warming centers will be available for residents who need them. All city facilities will be open tomorrow, including senior centers, and will function as warming centers throughout the day. Five warming center locations will be open from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. both Tuesday and Wednesday as well. These locations are:

• Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center, 745 Greenfield Ave. (412-422-6551)

• Homewood Healthy Active Living Center, 7321 Frankstown Ave. (412-244-4190)

• North Side, Allegheny Center Healthy Active Living Center, Allegheny Square (412-323-7239)

• Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center, 720 Sherwood Ave. (412-777-5012)

• South Side Healthy Active Living Center, 12th and Bingham streets (412-488-8404)

If temperatures dip to unsafe levels this evening or thereafter, or if there are power or heat outages, the city will work with the American Red Cross to provide overnight shelter for residents needing assistance.