Household Hazardous Waste

Numerous materials used in the home, garage, and garden are considered household hazardous waste (HHW). They can cause serious safety and health problems in transportation and for disposal facilities. Lancaster County Residents may use the county HHW facility to dispose of qualifying items for FREE.

Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority
Household Hazardous Waste Facility
1299 Harrisburg Pike (near the Park City Mall)
(717) 397-9968
Download the Residents Guide to Recycling & Waste Disposal in Lancaster County for details.

There is no charge for qualifying items, and they accept only the following materials*:

  • Adhesives
  • Automotive fluids (5 gallon container max)
  • Batteries, including automotive and household
  • Chemistry sets
  • Cooking and frying oils (5 gallon container max)
  • Covered devices: desktop computers, laptops, monitors, computer peripherals (keyboard, mouse, printer and speakers), televisions and e-readers. Limit of 10 total covered devices per customer, per day.
  • E-waste: photo cameras, video cameras, cell phones and smart phones, cell phone peripherals (chargers, batteries, Bluetooth earpiece, air cards, clips, cases), DVD and VCR players, MP3 players and iPods, PDA’s, portable electronic game players, video game consoles, stereos and stereo peripherals (CD players, turntables, amplifiers, speakers). No wooden speakers. Limit of 10 total e-waste items per customer, per day.
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Floor and furniture polish
  • Fuel, including kerosene, gasoline and propane
  • Household cleaners
  • Lawn treatments, including herbicides and pesticides
  • Mercury containing items (max of 30 per month), including ballasts, fluorescent bulbs, thermostats and thermometers
  • Paint, rust inhibitors, stains, turpentine and thinners (empty containers, from paint and other items that previously contained liquids, are not accepted and may be disposed of as regular trash.)
  • Photographic and pool chemicals

*Important: Only the items listed above are accepted at the HHW facility. All other materials, including appliances, are considered trash, and may be disposed of for a fee.

The facility does not accept explosives and ammunition. Call 397-9968 for special instructions on how to handle these wastes.

The facility does not accept items from institutions, industries or manufacturers. From businesses, only the following items are accepted:

  • Batteries
  • Covered devices (see list above)
  • E-waste (see list above)
  • Fluorescent bulbs (a max of 30 per month)

Household batteries may also be brought to the township office, and dropped into the battery bucket near the front desk. Residents can pick up a plastic battery bag at the township office, and place all household batteries in this special collection bag. Before placing 9-volt batteries in the collection bag, be sure to cover the positive and negative posts with masking, duct, or electrical tape first.

When the bag is full, bring it to the township office, and place it in the battery bucket. Or, place the bag next to your refuse/recycle container(s), NOT IN IT. The township trash hauler will collect the bag(s) during regular trash pick-up.