Effective May 1, 2024, the number of Kraft yard waste bags that may be placed curbside per pick up will be limited to 20 bags per property.

Yard waste bags should be placed curbside on the published pick-up days regardless of the weather forecast. They will be collected rain or shine.


1. Mail check or money order (make payable to West Donegal Township or WDT):

PO BOX 8218

2. Drop payment in our drop box located at our Township building, One Municipal Drive, Elizabethtown, PA  17022.  Drop box located on our porch accessible 24 hours a day.

3. Make payment in our office at the Township Office, One Municipal Drive, Elizabethtown, PA  17022. Office hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

4. Make payment online on our website. Using computer, on the home page scroll down to Credit Card Payments Accepted Online on the right hand side of the screen. Click on the credit card icons.  Make payment selection and follow prompts.  If using a cellular phone or other devise activating our website, click on the second tab "MORE" to find the Credit Card Payment Online icons.  NOTE: The payment processing company charges a per transaction fee of 2.65% or $3.00 minimum for this service.

5. Set up an Automatic Draft withdrawal payment with West Donegal Township.  Please complete Automatic Draft Sign Up Form and submit a VOIDED check.  Dropoff or send to West Donegal Township office. There are no extra fees for this service. This payment method is only to be used for making quarterly payments only.  Please used options 1-4 if making full annual payment by January 31 to take advantage of the discounted amount.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 717-367-7178

Want to receive your trash bill via email or have your quarterly bill direct debited?

You can now elect to receive your West Donegal Township quarterly trash bill via email instead of through regular mail.   Please email the office at include email address, service address, and account number to request your account to be set it up!

West Donegal Township is offering another way to pay your quarterly trash bill. We now have the capability to direct debit your quarterly trash bill on a reoccurring basis. Payments will be pulled from your checking or savings account on the 15th of each month due (January, April, July, October). To sign up for automatic draft please complete the form found here and submit with a voided check to the Township. This service is only for those who pay their trash bills on a quarterly basis. Residents will still receive a copy of their bill, either through the mail or email, reminding you the direct debit will occur. 

Please call the township office at 717-367-7178 if you have any questions.

Zeager Bros, Inc.

Zeager Bros, Inc. Brush Drop off Charges effective 1/2/2024.
Click on link:  2024 ZEAGER BROS, INC. CHARGES

Trash & Recycling

Trash & Recycling

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. Beginning 2023, collection day is Monday (southside of Bainbridge Road) and Tuesday (northside 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 will be receiving a new Trash 96 gallon container equivalent to the prior year (3) 32 gallon bags (not to exceed 30 lbs), and a recycling container from Republic Services.  NOTE: 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.

Holiday Schedule: If the holiday falls on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday trash/recycling service may be delayed a day. Republic Services observes the six major holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. Please check the calendar located above for more information.

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

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 or at a reduced price.

In 2013, the PA DEP Covered Device Recycling 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 (now called E-waste) 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.

LCSWMA's updated Resident's Guide to Recycling & Waste Disposal in Lancaster County Click: Resident's Guide electronically packets are also available at the Township office or on the website

Clear, green and brown glass food and beverage bottles and jars should be thoroughly rinsed and lids should be removed. Throw the lids in the trash. It is not necessary to remove labels.

All food and beverage cans which are made from aluminum, steel, tin or a combination of metals should be rinsed prior to placing in the recycling bin. Do Not Crush the Cans.

Plastic Bottles:
Plastic household bottles with a neck such as water, soft drink, juice bottles or milk and detergent bottles and the lids. Rinse, smash and put the plastic bottle in the recycling bin.

Corrugated Cardboard:
Corrugated cardboard includes boxes from Amazon or any item that is shipped from an online store, moving boxes, etc. (no paperboard boxes i.e: cereal, tissue boxes, pizza boxes etc.). Please flatten boxes and place it in your recycling bin. If you have a large amount of corrugated cardboard, Residents my bring it to the Township to recycle in our corrugated cardboard roll-off dumpster. The dumpster is located right of the Township building.  Styrofoam or other packaging is considered trash.

Contamination in your Recycling Bin:

Contamination items are NOT recyclable and should not be placed in the recycle bins. LCSWMA asked the local haulers to begin checking the curbside recyclables to eliminate contamination of non-recyclable items in the bins. Note: that contamination in the bin is NOT the same as those items that are no longer recyclable.
These items are  no longer recyclable or continue to NOT be recyclable:

  • Plastic bags – recycle your plastic bags at your local grocery store.
  • Paper such as magazines, newspapers, and junk mail.
  • Other glass such as light bulbs, window and auto glass, drinking glasses and cookware are not recyclable and should be put in the trash.
  • Other aluminum and metal products like foil, pie plates, and hangers are not recyclable and should be put in the trash.
  • Plastic tubs such as yogurt and margarine and butter containers, toys and other plastic packaging such as those used by fast food restaurants and take out places.
  • Paperboard, i.e., pizza boxes, shoe boxes, cereal boxes, and tissue boxes.
  • Newspapers are no longer recyclable

Yard Waste/ Woody Waste/ Leaf Collection:
Yard waste, woody waste, and leaf collections will be collected every other week beginning in April until the last week in November as part of our curbside program. Yard waste must be placed in Kraft bags.  Grass clippings and dirt may not placed in Kraft bags.  There is a charge of $1.00 per 5-pack of Kraft bags. For a schedule of yard/woody waste pick up, go to the Township calendar or print the link here: 2024 Trash and Recycling Calendar

Woody waste such as branches and trunk pieces less than 3 inches in diameter will be picked up along with the yard waste as scheduled. The branches/trunk pieces must be bundled together with biodegradable twine and may not be more than 4 feet in length and each stack may not weigh more than 30 lbs. There are no additional charges for woody waste pickup.