Trash & Recycling

Let's Talk Trash & Recycling!
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.

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.

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 has officially rolled out the " Big 4" (click here to refer to a recent newspaper article) to read about the reasons for the major changes for the recycling industry and how they will impact us. In accordance with this newspaper article, we ask that you click here for the hand out provided by LCSWMA.

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 and juice bottles or milk and detergent bottles. Throw the lid in the trash. 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. (not paperboard boxes like cereal, tissue boxes, etc.). To prepare the cardboard please flatten it & place it in your recycling bin. If you have a large amount of corrugated cardboard, please flatten it and bring it into the Township to recycle in our corrugated cardboard roll-off dumpster with the narrow slats located to the right of the Township building in the rear of the parking lot. Any Styrofoam or other packaging should be considered trash.

Contamination in your Recycling Bin:
There are some items such as plastic bags that are not recyclable and should not be placed in the recycling bins. LCSWMA has 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. Contamination is items that are NOT recyclable and should have been placed in the trash from the beginning. With that request, Waste Management has developed a "Contamination Notice" (click here to see a sample). Should you find one of these notices in your recycling bin, please read what it says and don't take it personally as our objective is to educate everyone on what should and should not be placed in a recycling bin.

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

Woody Waste:
From April to the 1st week in December, the Township also includes yard/woody waste pickup as part of our curbside program. Yard waste must be placed in Kraft bags which are available for a small fee of $1.00 for 5 bags at the Township office. For a schedule of yard/woody waste pick up, go to the Township calendar.

Special Waste:
In addition to covered devices, Township residents can dispose of HHW's for FREE at LCSWMA's facility, located at 1299 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 at times provides a special event in the fall when we host a shredding event. Please refer to the calendar for the date and to the current newsletter for additional information/details.

CFL Light Bulbs:
PPL has discontinued the RecyclePak which allowed residents to bring your CFL light bulbs to the Township office for recycling. We are NO longer able to participate in the program. Lowes & Home Depots have drop off boxes in many of their locations. We ask that you contact them and continue to recycle these type of bulbs. Regular bulbs should be placed in the trash. It is best if you wrap them in newspaper if possible.

Prescription Drugs:
Safe Medication Disposal box can be found at the following locations below. Residents may dispose of expired and unused prescription drugs and over the counter medications. These boxes are secure and will be emptied as needed by the police department who will make sure the drugs are disposed of in the proper way.

Any prescription medications and over the counter medications will be accepted. Illegal drugs, needles, lotions or liquids, inhalers, aerosol cans, thermometers and hydrogen peroxide will not be accepted. Labels should be removed from all prescription bottles before bringing them in.

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:
West Donegal Township Office, 1 Municipal Drive, Elizabethtown, PA
Northwest Regional Police, 8855 Elizabethtown Road, Elizabethtown, PA

Columbia Borough Police Dept., 308 Locust St, Columbia

And other Police Departments throughout the County.


PO BOX 8218

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 thru regular mail. All you must do is email the office at and request to 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 thru the mail or email, reminding you the direct debit will occur. 

Should you have any questions regarding these two new services offered by the Township, please call the township office at 717-367-7178.

Trash/Recycling Contracted Hauler

West Donegal Township has a 3-year contract with Waste Management (2020-2022) who has contracted for a 2-day pick up for trash/recycling services. The Township pick up days are split between Tuesday and Wednesday. Click here for a map detailing the split of 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 uses a dual-hopper - one truck will collect both recycling and trash as one hopper is to load recycling and the other hopper is for trash. For safety reasons Waste Management 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. 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.

Coal stove ashes 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.