Water Line Flushing

As part of Ridgway Borough’s continued commitment to supply safe drinking water to all our customers the Ridgway Water Department will be flushing the transmission and distribution mains from Mon., May 17th through Tue., June 1st from 7 a.m.–3 p.m.

Consumers are cautioned that the water quality will be temporarily disturbed during this period. In higher elevations periods of low pressure and/or temporary water loss may occur.


The drop-off site is set up and open for recycling. The drop-off is located just off of Gillis Avenue, and the borough installed a recycling center sign to direct folks to the location. This site is for borough residents only.

A few bits of housekeeping:

All metal cans can be dumped in the metal’s container. It is an open box with no dividers. We sort cans by type when they arrive here at the recycling center.

Dump both aluminum and steel cans in loose. And please, no scrap metal. Cans only.

Glass will be recycled as before. Glass bottles and jars: beer, wine, liquor, teas, coffee drinks, sauces, pickles, and other food and beverage containers. No window glass, glass dishware or ovenware or other ceramics. Glass is separated by color, so please be mindful.

Paper and cardboard: We ask that you break down cardboard boxes. This keeps the container from filling up so quickly. It’s still canning season so remember, we cannot take waxed cardboard boxes.

Plastic bottles and jars should also be dumped loose in the container. Acceptable plastics include water, pop and juice bottles, detergent and shampoo and vinegar containers, and other household or food containers that are a #1 or #2 bottle.

As before, we also accept clear #1 thermoforms (think clamshells that contained fruit, veggies, or deli items). These must be clear and have a #1 PET symbol. We also will take #5 PP containers. Please make sure these are clean of any food residue.

If you have any questions, please call Ridgway Borough 814-776-1125 or Elk County Solid Waste Office 814-776-5373 or Recycling Center 814-834-4886.

Compost Facility

The Ridgway Borough Compost Facility will open on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Regular hours are:

Tuesdays: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m
Fridays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m

Borough residents are advised the compost facility will only be open during the above schedule.

Building / Zoning

The Borough of Ridgway advises residents that building permits are required for any addition, accessory structures, fences, roofing, porches, and major interior renovations. Building permits are also required for commercial and industrial construction or major renovations

Spring Cleanup

Ridgway Borough will conduct the annual Spring Cleanup Monday, April 19 – Friday, April 23, 2021 from 7:00am – 7:00pm. There will be a container at the Ridgway Borough Annex off of State Street where borough residents may haul and dispose of items at no charge during this week only.

The Ridgway Football Team will pick up items and take them to the cleanup site for a donation Monday – Friday between 3 PM and & 7 PM. Please contact Janine Emerick at 814-772-0515 or 814-335-8962 to schedule a time for pick up.

The Borough will not accept any tires, electronics, or contractors/construction debris.

Residents are reminded there will be no curb collection. All items must be hauled to the container.

COVID Precautions

The Borough of Ridgway wishes everyone a safe, happy and healthy holiday season. We encourage all citizens to celebrate and gather responsibly, using common sense and public-health recommendations appropriate to your circumstances.

With the dramatic increase in the incident rate of COVID infections in Elk County, we ask you to redouble your efforts and do what you can to protect yourselves and each other

According to guidance from various health agencies, holiday gatherings and celebrations require COVID precautions, which include masks, social distancing, limited numbers, cohorts and other measures. For the latest guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, visit http://www.health.pa.gov. The CDC offers specific recommendations for holiday gatherings here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html.

We commend the good folks of Ridgway are for their conscientious attention to protecting themselves and others.