Recycling (curbside) Guidelines

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

Email Joanne Yost at or call (717) 291-1213 extension 301 if you have questions about the recycle program. Click here for useful information on recycling.  Penn Waste Residential Recycling Guidelines

  • 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. Although this is a weekly pickup, you are encouraged to put out your recycling container only when it is full.
  • This is a co-mingled recycling program. Cans, glass, plastics, and paper, etc. do not have to be separated by color or type. Place all of these items together in one container.
  • 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 isn’t picked up by the trash hauler and thrown in with the trash.
  • 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.
  • 17 Things You Should Never Throw in Your Recycling Bin

Curbside Recycling Guidelines:

Batteries & Cell Phones, click here.

PAPER, PAPERBOARD, CARDBOARD, CORRUGATED CARDBOARD: Recycle any size, any quantity. Break down boxes as flat as possible, and put them in or next to your recycling container(s) on your pick-up day.

  • All sizes of cardboard boxes
  • Cartons: shelf-stable & refrigerated (e.g. broth, milk, juice, wine, etc.)
  • Clean pizza boxes
  • Food boxes (e.g. cereal boxes with plastic liner removed & gelatin boxes)
  • EMPTY paper towel & toilet paper rolls
  • Paperboard packaging (e.g. tissue boxes, shoe boxes)
  • Office paper (any color)
  • Newspapers & inserts
  • Magazines, catalogs, & brochures
  • Envelopes & junk mail
  • Paper bags
  • Phone books & other soft cover books
  1. Remove all packaging (styrofoam, packing peanuts, plastic bubble wrap, plastic liners, etc.).
  2. All paper/paper products must be dry.
  3. All boxes must be free of food debris and other contaminating material.
  4. Flatten ALL boxes.
  5. Bundle all cardboard that does not fit into the recycling container.
  6. Cover loose paper with heavier items to prevent it from blowing away.

METAL/ALUMINUM (cans which are made of steel, tin, or a combination of metals): Rinse thoroughly to remove all contaminants. It is okay to leave on labels, and crush aluminum cans. Remove caps/lids and throw into trash.

  • Aluminum beverage cans (e.g. soda cans)
  • Steel food & beverage cans and lids (e.g. soup/vegetable cans)
  • Aerosol cans
  • Paint/Stain/Turpentine/Thinner/etc. cans (MUST BE emptied & dried out to be recycled). If they are not empty, they need to be taken to the LCSWMA HHW facility for proper disposal. 
  • Products such as aluminum foil & pie plates ARE NOT recyclable

GLASS: Rinse thoroughly to remove all contaminants. It is okay to leave on labels. Remove caps/lids and throw into trash.

  • Clear, brown, blue and green glass food & beverage containers
  • Light bulbs, window and auto glass, drinking glasses and cookware ARE NOT recyclable (click here for disposal information)

PLASTICS: #1 through #7 – All materials must be thoroughly cleaned before placing them in your recycle container. It is okay to leave on labels and neck rings. Remove caps/lids and throw into trash. Crush plastics before placing in recycling container.

  • Soda, water, and juice bottles
  • Ketchup, mustard & relish bottles
  • Milk & iced tea jugs
  • Peanut butter, jelly, and sauce jars
  • Plastic tubs (e.g. butter & yogurt)
  • Shampoo & conditioner bottles
  • Detergent, soap & fabric softener bottles
  • DO NOT place bags or wraps such as plastic bags, bubble wrap, bread wrappers, dry cleaner bags, etc. in the recycling container. Recycle these at your local grocery store.

UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS FOR RECYCLING  Dispose of these items properly with your trash.

  • Aluminum foil
  • Broken glass (click here for safe & proper disposal guidelines)
  • Chip bags
  • Christmas lights
  • Clothing hangers (metal and plastic)
  • Diapers
  • Drinking glasses
  • Flower pots
  • Food soiled material
  • Food waste
  • Frozen food bags
  • Hose (any type)
  • Light bulbs (regular bulbs only; fluorescent bulbs should be taken to HHW facility)
  • Medications (click here for safe & proper disposal guidelines)
  • Microwave trays
  • Needles & medical waste (click here for safe & proper disposal guidelines)
  • Packing peanuts
  • Paper plates & napkins
  • Plastic bubble wrap
  • Plastic food wrappers
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Plastic tableware (knives, forks, spoons, etc.)
  • Plastic toys
  • Pots & pans
  • Scrap metal (dispose of safely or take to a scrap metal facility)
  • Shredded paper
  • Styrofoam
  • Unnumbered plastics
  • Used paper towels or tissues
  • Wax-coated paper
  • Windows, mirrors, ceramics (click here for safe & proper disposal guidelines

Many other materials used in the garden or in the home, such as pesticides, chemicals, paint, covered devices/e-waste such as computers and accessories, cell phones, cameras, etc.,  are considered hazardous waste and should not be thrown in with household trash or recycling. They need to be taken 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.