Trash & Recycling

Let's Talk Trash!
Yes, you heard right - trash! Did you know that trash is a renewable energy? The Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA), the trash and recycling administrator for the Township, has developed an innovative system to provide the best combination of safe, clean, and efficient disposal for trash. It's called an Integrated System and it is the only one of it's kind. This integrated system allows for the disposal of waste in the most environmentally beneficial manner. The flow of waste into the landfill is greatly reduced and consumption of natural resources is reduced by generating energy (electricity) from waste and diverting a large portion for recycling or reuse. In fact, every 1 out of 9 homes in Lancaster County, benefits from the generation of electricity from waste.

West Donegal Township residents participate in a mandatory trash and recycling program with one hauler. Collection day is Tuesday (north side of Bainbridge Road) and Wednesday (south side of Bainbridge Road). Residents should place their trash, yard/woody waste, and recyclables curbside the evening before or no later than 5:00 a.m. Residents are allowed to place out (3) 32 gallon bags or cans and unlimited recycling. Extra bag tags can be purchased for a fee from the township office. For more information on the trash and recycling program, including yard/woody waste click here. To contact Wendy Cain the trash & recycling coordinator, click here.

Holiday Schedule: If the holiday falls on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday trash/recycling service may be delayed a day. Waste Management currently only observes the six major holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. Please check the calendar located above for more information.

Why Do I Need to Recycle?
Recycling plays an important role in reducing the amount of waste generated by Lancaster County. In 2012, LCSWMA managed 290,870.65 tons of trash and 219,864 tons of recyclables.

In addition to residential units and multi-family units, it is mandated by state law that all non-residential units including commercial, industrial, community activities, and institutional facilities also recycle (see Chapter 183 of the trash/recycling ordinance found at

Click here to view on what and how to recycle. America Recycles Day is November 15 - To learn additional tips for recycling, click here.

From April to the 1st week in December, the Township also includes yard/woody waste in our curbside program. Yard waste must be placed in Kraft bags which are available free of charge at the Township office. For a schedule of yard/woody waste pick up, go to the Township calendar.

The Township recycling has a huge impact on grant opportunities from PA DEP for the Township. Grant money helps us purchase the recycling bins and brown Kraft bags which we pass those benefits onto our residents by offering these items at no cost to you.

Additionally in 2013, the PA DEP Covered Device Reycling Act 108 (CDRA) was enacted. This act established the recycling & disposal of "covered devices" which include computers, computer monitors, keyboards, speakers, and televisions. Covered devices can be taken to the LCSWMA hazardous household waste (HHW) facility.

For more information on the CDRA, click here to visit PA DEP's website for additional recycling information or contact the Recycling Hotline at 1-800-346-4242.

Special Waste
In addition to covered devices, Township residents can dispose of HHW's for FREE at LCSWMA's facility, located at 1499 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA. For a list of these type of items or if you are not sure if items you wish to dispose of are considered hazardous waste or whether they should be recycled, click here to check out LCSWMA's website to see where you can recycle them in Lancaster County or click here to go to Earth101's recycling page for all types of recycling information. For additional information, we encourage you to contact LCSWMA at 717.397.9968. Additional information regarding disposal of construction/demolition waste and in-home medical waste can also be found on their website.
The Township also provides a special event in the fall when we host a shredding and covered device drop off event. Please refer to the calendar for the date and to the current newsletter for additional information/details.

CFL Light Bulbs
In partnership with PPL, you can now recycle CFL light bulbs by bringing them into the municipal building.

Prescription Drugs
Wondering where you can dispose of unused or leftover prescriptions. Do you want to get rid of your kid's cough syrup from 1993? Wonder no more! There is a new drop-off box program which provides a secure place for you to dispose of those drugs, keeping them out of the hands of children and out of our streams and rivers. The turquoise and bright-blue boxes are funded as part of the governor's Healthy Pennsylvania plan.

Residents can drop off both prescription and over-the-counter pills, liquid medications, inhalers, creams, ointment , nasal sprays, and even pet medicines. The boxes are not designed for intravenous solutions, injectables and needles (contact LCSWMA for proper disposal). Detectives from the county drug task force empties the boxes monthly.  Local boxes can be found at:

Northwest Regional Police, 8855 Elizabethtown Road, Elizabethtown, PA
Columbia Borough Police Dept., 308 Locust St, Columbia

And other Police Departments throughout the County.
You can also dispose of them by dumping and mixing them in with kitty litter or coffee grounds and disposing of them in with your trash.


West Donegal Township has a 3-year contract with Waste Management, who has contracted for a 2-day pick up for trash/recycling services. For some residents your pick up day will remain Tuesday. For others your pick up day will be Wednesday. Click here for a map detailing the split in the Township. Below is a description further identifying the split areas.

-  Tuesday - North side of Bainbridge Road (including Masonic Village, Timber Villa, Turnpike Road, Newville Road, and North Market Street areas, etc.)

-   Wednesday - South side of Bainbridge Road (including area surrounding the Township Building, Maytown Road, and Rheems area, etc.)

Waste Management will be using a dual-hopper truck which means that one truck will collect both recycling and trash as one hopper is to load recycling and the hopper is for the trash. Below are photos of a front end loader type of truck; however, they also have a rear-end loader that they use too.For safety reasons they have developed their route to pick up one side of the road at a time (unless you live in a development) so if you see one side picked up but they didn't get to you they will be back at a later time. This also means that the time may be changed from when you had your trash picked up in the past. For example on the south side of Bainbridge Road you will notice that you are now picked up in the afternoon when it used to be the trash/recycling was picked up first thing in the morning. Note that any oversized items may not be picked up by the trash/recycling truck due to the size of the truck. A separate truck will come to pick up large oversized items. Please contact the office at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled day if you have an oversized item to be picked up.

Also note another change is with coal stove ashes. They must be placed in plastic bags when cool and placed curbside with the trash. Loose ash in a can will not be picked up. This is due to safety reasons and also the disposal method of the ashes into the truck. We appreciate your cooperation to adhere to this disposal method.

If you have any questions, please call the Township at (717) 367-7178.