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, email Joanne Yost at jyost@twp.lancaster.pa.usor call (717) 291-1213 ext. 301. Click on this link for information on special collection dates.

The FAQs of Trash/Recycle Collection

1.     When must trash/recycling be put out for collection? Trash & recycling must be placed out the night before your collection day within five 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.

2.     What if they miss me? 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.

3.     What are acceptable trash containers? First, placing your name and address on your container is recommended. Second, containers should have pre-molded handles. Fifty-five (55) gallon barrels, or any container or barrel without handles, are unacceptable trash containers—they present a safety hazard to the hauler and cannot be picked up easily. Third, containers with lids are helpful in preventing birds, squirrels, and other animals from spreading trash around the curb, the street, and your neighborhood.

4.     What is THE BIG 4 in Recycling? Recycling is mandatory in the township, and is a co-mingled program. The only acceptable materials for recycling are THE BIG 4: corrugated cardboard, plastic bottles/jugs with necks, metal food/beverage cans, and glass jars/ bottles. All items should be cleaned out. Recycle containers can be purchased at the township office. If purchased elsewhere, be sure the container is clearly marked RECYCLING, and includes your name and address. In case of rain, snow, ice, or high winds, keep corrugated cardboard inside until the following week.

5.     I have extra trash bags/containers over the weekly limit of three. Will the contractor take them? Yes, BUT ONLY IF there is a YELLOW extra service tag ($1.25) attached to each and they are under the 30 lb. limit. Bags/containers over 30 lbs. require a RED tag.

6.     How do I dispose of an over-sized item? EACH over-sized item must have a RED extra service tag ($4.00) attached to it. You may put out only two (2) red tag items per week. These items are collected on the same day as your regular trash day. Over-sized items include: bicycle, microwave, mattress, box spring, couch, chair, small furniture, carpet (cut into 5 ft. pieces & bundled or tied), a house door, toilet, tub, sink, charcoal grill, gas grill with PROPANE TANK REMOVED. Contact HHW Facility – (717) 397-9968 about disposal of all propane tanks, including those for camping stoves. Dehumidifiers, large appliances, and tires are NOT considered an over-sized item. These are collected during the twice yearly large appliance/tire collection or they can be taken to the Lancaster County Solid Waste Authority, 1299 Harrisburg Pike.

7.     How do I dispose of batteries? Residents may pick up a special battery collection bag at the township office. Household batteries (and cell phones) can be placed in the bag. Once the bag is full, place it on the ground NEXT TO your trash container, NOT IN IT or the recycle bin. The trash hauler will collect the bag(s) during regular trash pick-up. Household batteries and cell phones can also be taken to the county household hazardous waste facility at 1299 Harrisburg Pike. Automotive batteries must be taken to the HHW facility.

8.     How should electronic devices be disposed of? PA Covered Devices Recycling Act 108 of 2010 prohibits the disposal of e-waste with trash or recycling (e.g. televisions, computers/accessories, tables, e-readers, cell phones/chargers/accessories, cameras, etc.). These items must be taken to the county Hazardous Waste Facility at 1299 Harrisburg Pike. (717) 397- 9968. For a complete list of these items, click here.

9.     How should Sharps/needles be disposed of? NEVER put loose Sharps/needles in the trash—ALWAYS USE a Safe Clip™. Lancaster County Solid Waste 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 of medical waste.

10.     Who is required to use the township’s trash contractor? All landowners within the township must have their trash picked up by the township hired contractor. 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.

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.

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Recycling is mandatory in Lancaster Township (by 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 is PROHIBITED from being disposed of with your trash or recycling by the PA Covered Devices Recycling Act 108 of 2010. Residents and businesses may drop electronic waste for FREE at the county Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 1299 Harrisburg Pike. (717) 397-9968; email: info@lcswma.org. All electronics must be intact and will not be accepted by the HHW Facility otherwise.

 Items include:

  • Batteries: Household & Automotive (household batteries ONLY may also be placed in a special battery bag and placed on the ground NEXT TO your trash container, NOT IN IT or the recycle bin; click here for info)
  • Desktop computers & Laptops
  • Monitors & Computer peripherals, including keyboard, mouse, printer and speakers
  • Televisions & e-Readers
  • Cameras: photo and video
  • Cell phones/smart phones (may also be placed in a special battery bag; click here for info)
  • Phone peripherals, such as: chargers, batteries, Bluetooth earpieces, air cards, clips, cases
  • DVD and VCR players
  • MP3 players and iPods
  • All electronic game players, video game consoles, and controllers
  • Stereos and peripherals: CD players, turntables, amplifiers, speakers (no wooden materials)

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