Collection Days & Information

Regular trash and recycling collection days are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or 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 jyost@twp.lancaster.pa.usor call (717) 291-1213 ext. 301. 

All landowners within the township must have their refuse picked up by the township hired contractor—Waste Management. Exceptions are apartment buildings with four or more units, and businesses (not including in-home occupations). Those that are exempt from being on the township trash service are still required to have a licensed LCSWMA approved hauler to pick up their trash. Apartment owners are to provide trash/recycling opportunities for their tenants. It is the landlord’s responsibility to inform tenants of any ordinances the township has that may affect them.

Trash & recycling MUST BE CURBSIDE BY 5am on your scheduled collection day. Trash & recycling 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. Recycling is collected the same day as trash, but not always at the same time.

If your trash and/or recycling is missed, you must report it the same day or next day by 10am in order for it to be collected the day after your scheduled day; otherwise, it will have to wait until your next scheduled collection day.

Trash is limited to three 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. Tags can be purchased at the township office during regular business hours. Click here for tag costs & guidelines.

No construction debris will be collected; it must be disposed of at the Lancaster County Solid Waste Facility at 1299 Harrisburg Pike. (717) 397-9968; www.lcswma.org.

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.

Recycling is mandatory in Lancaster Township (Ordinance 1990-02) for all residents, apartment dwellers, and businesses within the township. This is a co-mingled program.

  • The ONLY FOUR acceptable materials for recycling are: corrugated cardboard, plastic bottles/jugs with necks, metal food/beverage cans, and glass jars/bottles. All items should be cleaned out before placing in the recycle bin. In case of rain, snow, ice, or high winds, keep corrugated cardboard inside until the following week. Click here for detailed information on recycling.

Recycle containers may be purchased at the township office at a cost of $10.00 each. If purchased elsewhere, be sure the container is clearly marked “RECYCLING.”

ALL electronic waste (e.g. televisions, computers/accessories, cell phones, cameras, etc.) is PROHIBITED from being disposed of with your trash or recycling by PA Covered Devices Recycling Act 108 of 2010. These items MUST be taken to the county Hazardous Waste Facility at 1299 Harrisburg Pike. (717) 397-9968; www.lcswma.org.

Dispose of used Sharps, needles, and medical waste safely! NEVER put loose sharps/needles in the trash—ALWAYS USE a Safe Clip™.  Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority provides them for free, and they are available for purchase at most pharmacies. Once full, place container in the trash, never in recycling. Click on this link for more information on proper disposal.

Yard waste is collected every other week, but ONLY between the months of April through the beginning of October. Yard waste generated between the months of December and March should be disposed of with regular trash. Click here for dates and detailed information on yard waste collection.

Large Appliances (also known as White Goods) takes place as a special collection twice a year—once in the spring and once in the fall, on your regular collection day. This special collection includes washers, dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, stoves, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, etc. A $12 blue tag must be attached to each appliance. Tags are purchased at the township office. Call (717) 291-1213 x301, or email jyost@twp.lancaster.pa.us to place your address and item(s) on the collection list if you already have a tag, or if you have a question about this collection. Click here for dates and detailed information on large appliances collection.

Tire Collection takes place as a special collection twice a year—once in the spring and once in the fall, on your regular collection day. Each tire (no rims) requires a $2 purple tag. No commercial truck tires accepted. Tags are purchased at the township office. Call (717) 291-1213 x301, or email jyost@twp.lancaster.pa.us to place your address and item(s) on the collection list if you already have a tag, or if you have a question about this collection. Click here for dates and detailed information on tire collection.

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

Holidays* observed by Waste Management may affect regular pickup schedules. If your service day falls on or after a Waste Management observed holiday, your service will be on a one-day delay schedule. If the holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, there will be no service delay.

*Waste Management Holidays:

    • New Year’s Day
    • Memorial Day
    • Independence Day
    • Labor Day
    • Thanksgiving Day
    • Christmas Day

Inclement weather (snow/ice) may also effect the collection schedule. For service updates during bad weather, go to:  https://www.wm.com/weather-alert/index.jsp