Collection Days & Information

Trash and recyclables are collected weekly, Monday through Thursday, depending on where you live. To find out your specific collection day, or if you have questions about the trash/recycle program, email Joanne Yost at, or call (717) 291-1213 ext. 301. 

Waste Management special collection dates, holidays, and link to weather alerts are listed on this page:


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.

Recycling is collected the same day of your trash; however, it may not be picked up at the same time. Please put your recycling container out only when it is full. This is a co-mingled recycling program.

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 door service will be provided.

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

  • Dispose of used Sharps/needles & medical waste safely! DO NOT put trash collectors and the public at risk.  Click on this link for more information on proper disposal.
  • 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. Click here for detailed information on recycling.
  • Yard waste is collected every other week, but ONLY between the months of April through the beginning of OctoberYard 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.

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