Collection Days & Information

Trash and recyclables are collected weekly, Monday through Thursday, depending on where you live. To find out your specific collection day, email Joanne Yost at jyost@twp.lancaster.pa.us, or call (717) 291-1213 extension 301 if you have questions about the trash/recycle program. Click here for the collection calendar.

Both trash & recycling must be curbside by 5:00am on your scheduled collection day. Trash/recyclables should not be placed on the curb earlier than the evening before collection day, and containers should be promptly removed after collection.

Trash bags and/or containers, along with the recycling bin, must be within five (5) feet of the curb and clearly visible to the collector. No alley or back door service will be provided, except by prior arrangement by the township with the hauler.

Trash is limited to three (3) 32-gallon trash cans or bags per week, no more than 30 pounds each. Additional cans or bags must have a YELLOW extra service tag ($1.25) attached to each. Cans and/or bags weighing more than 30 pounds, or over-sized items (e.g. sofa, mattress, or carpet) must have a RED extra service tag ($4.00) attached to each. These items may be put out with your trash. Items too heavy to be lifted into a truck by two people will not be accepted. No construction debris will be collected. Tags can be purchased at the township office during regular business hours. Click here for tag costs & guidelines.

All residents should use approved trash containers—meaning trash containers should have pre-molded handles. Fifty-five (55) gallon barrels or any barrel without handles are unacceptable trash containers—they present a safety hazard and cannot be picked up easily. Containers should have lids on them to help keep birds, squirrels, and other animals from spreading trash around your neighborhood.

Acceptable-Not acceptable trash cansBirds and squirrels in trash

Important note: Dispose of used Sharps/needles safely! Contact LCSWMA at (717) 397-9968 for a free Safe Clip™, or place them in a heavy plastic container to ensure the needles will not stick the crew during collection. Place the sealed container in your trash bag, never in recycling. DO NOT put trash collectors and the public at risk by disposing of these items improperly.

Recycling is mandatory in Lancaster Township. No recyclable materials are permitted in trash containers. Recycle containers can be purchased at the township office at a cost of $10.00 each. If you wish to purchase a container elsewhere, be sure it is clearly marked RECYCLING so it is not mistaken for trash. Click here for detailed information on recycling.

Recyclable materials will be picked up each week on the same day that your trash is collected, but may not be picked up at the same time as the trash. Please put your recycling container out only when it is full. This is a co-mingled recycling program.

Check the weather! If the weather forecast calls for high winds or wet weather, keep your paper recyclables until the next week, if possible. This prevents paper from being blown around the neighborhood, and wet paper products are difficult to process. Shredded paper should be disposed of with trash.

Yard waste is collected for recycling every other week, but ONLY between the months of April to the beginning of October. Collection dates are listed in the township’s newsletter and on the collection calendar (which is included with each newsletter). Yard waste generated between the months of December and March should be disposed of with regular trash. Click here for detailed information on yard waste collection.

Penn Waste, Inc. is the exclusive hauler for Lancaster Township. For information on special collection dates, Penn Waste holiday schedule, and weather-related issues, click on this link: http://www.twp.lancaster.pa.us/collection-calendar

Illegal dumping of any regulated material is a punishable offense.
Lancaster Township will enforce all regulations and impose penalties on violators.