Recycling (curbside) Guidelines

Lancaster Township has a mandatory recycling program.  Residents are required, by township ordinance, to recycle the materials described below for special collection. No recyclable materials are permitted in trash containers.

The list of acceptable materials for placement in the curbside recycling bin has changed. ONLY the “Big 4” are to be placed in the curbside recycling bin. 

Residents should start NOW with recycling the “Big 4”.  No materials other than what’s listed below should be placed in the bin—when in doubt, throw it out. LCSWMA will transform the trash into renewable energy for the community.

CURBSIDE Recycling List Revised to the “Big 4”

  • Corrugated Cardboard (clean, flattened)
  • Plastic Bottles & Jugs (with a neck)
  • Metal Food & Beverage Cans
  • Glass Bottles & Jars

Click HERE for the “Recycle Right” flyer…Focus on the Big 4!

Residents are encouraged to visit LCSWMA’s website and social media pages for more helpful information and tips on what can be recycled and how:

Questions about the recycle program? Email Joanne Yost at jyost@twp.lancaster.pa.us or call (717) 291-1213 extension 301. 

  • This is a co-mingled recycling program. Place all items together in one container.
  • Recyclable materials will be picked up each week on the same day that trash is collected, although it may not be picked up at the same time as the trash. This is a weekly pickup, however, you are encouraged to put out your recycling container only when it is full.
  • Check the weather. If the weather calls for high winds, rain, or snow—keep corrugated cardboard recycling inside until the following week, if possible. Wet cardboard is difficult to process.
  • Recycle containers can be purchased at the township office at a cost of $10.00 each. If you purchase a recycle container at a retail store, please be sure it is clearly marked RECYCLING so it does not get picked up by the trash hauler and thrown in with the trash.

Batteries & Cell Phones are hazardous (E-waste), click here on how to dispose of them.

Materials used in the garden or home, such as pesticides, chemicals, paint, covered devices/e-waste (computers and accessories, cell phones, cameras, etc.), are considered hazardous waste and should not be thrown in with trash or recycling. Residents need to take these items to the LCSWMA HHW facility for proper disposal.  For a complete list of these items, click here. Also, check out the How Do I Dispose of…? page.