Residential Recycling 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 is the “Big 4.”  No materials other than what’s listed below should be placed in the bin—when in doubt, throw it outLCSWMA will transform the trash into renewable energy for the community.

CURBSIDE Recycling List – the “Big 4”

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

Plastic Trash or Grocery Bags SHOULD NOT be placed in the recycling bin; they are not recyclable. Recycling will be left if there are plastic bags mixed in.

Click HERE for the “Recycle Right” flyer…FOCUS ON THE BIG 4!

Questions about the recycle program? Email Joanne Yost at 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.

How do I dispose of batteries? Household batteries are no longer being accepted at the township office for disposal. Residents may still pick up a special battery collection bag at the township office during regular office hours. When the bag is full, place the collection bag on the ground NEXT TO your trash container, NOT IN IT. The trash hauler will collect the bag(s) during regular trash pick-up. Household batteries can also be taken to the household hazardous waste facility at 1299 Harrisburg Pike. Automotive batteries cannot be put out for collection, and must be taken to the HHW facility.

The following are considered hazardous waste and should not be thrown in with trash or recycling:  E-waste (cell phones, tablets, computers & accessories, cameras, etc.), materials used in the garden or home, such as pesticides, chemicals, and paint. These items and materials must be taken to the LCSWMA HHW facility for proper disposal. For a complete list of these items, click here.

Residents are encouraged to visit LCSWMA’s website for more information and tips on what can be recycled and how.