Welcome to West Donegal Township

Settled in 1719 and incorporated in 1838, West Donegal Township is named after County Donegal in Ireland. Located west and south of Elizabethtown, in Lancaster County, West Donegal Township comprises an area of 15.6 square miles in land size.

Governed by a five member Board of Supervisors the 2010 census indicates the Township has 8260 residents. The Township is part of the Elizabethtown Area School District with the Rheems Elementary School located in the Township. Located between Harrisburg and Lancaster, West Donegal Township provides residents employment and recreation opportunities with additional amenities in the larger cities. For more information about the Township click here.

Road Work

Starting the evening of Wednesday, June 20, 2018, Pennsy Supply will begin milling and paving SR 743. SR 743 will be detoured during milling and paving operations beginning at 7:00 pm until 6:00 am. The detour from Elizabethtown will include the following roads: SR 230 to Anchor Road/Harrisburg Avenue to Colebrook Road to Anderson Ferry Road to SR 441. From Marietta the detour will follow the same roads stated in reverse order. Pennsy has estimated paving will be completed mid-July.

New Township Alert System

West Donegal Township is implementing a cellular, text-based alert system for residents of the township. This system is similar to what the Elizabethtown Area School District and other organizations and municipalities use to inform residents, in a timely manner, regarding late breaking and emergency information.

If you are interested in joining this system, please text “YES” to (208) 252-4718 from your cellular device.

Additional message and data rates may apply. West Donegal Township is not liable for any additional charges you may incur from your cellular service provider for messages received from this system.

NEW Recycling Guidelines

At the LCSWMA roundtable that Wendy attended, the trash/recycling coordinators were informed of major changes that are coming or have developed for the recycling industry which will impact us. Number one, at this time, is what items we recycle and what items are NO longer recyclable. For the updates, we ask that you click on the "Services" tab of our website and then click on the "Trash/Recycling" page for the details. This is VERY important and the changes should be implemented as we go forward. We will be rolling it out officially within the next few months. We anticipate it will be a work in progress until everyone gets on board. In the interim you should begin recycling the items listed on the recycling updated page.

Update - Yard Waste

Please note a revision from what is published in the newsletter and from what has been done the past few years.

For this year, there will be charge of $1.00 for a pack of 5 Kraft yard waste bags. Those of you who have a few bags leftover from last year may use them. Beginning the week of March 19th, residents who come into the Township office for the Kraft bags will be required to purchase them.Yard waste/woody waste pick up will begin April 10 & 11 (depending on which day your trash/recycling is picked up) and all bags & bundled woody waste should be placed curbside with your trash & recycling. Yard waste/woody waste pick up is every two weeks. Check the calendar on the website for the pick up dates.

We do remind everyone that grass clippings are NOT yard waste and to mulch all that you can and leave it on the ground.

Thank you for your cooperation. As costs associated with trash/recycling continue to increase, we continue to try to keep costs to a minimum while recycling all we can.