Trash & Recycling

Let's Talk Trash!

Yes, you heard right - trash! Did you know that trash is renewable energy? The Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA), our trash and recycling administrator, has developed an innovative system to provide the best combination of safe, clean & efficient disposal. It's called an integrated system & it's 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 consumpton of natural resources is reduced by generating energy (electricity) from waste and diverting a large portion for recycling or reuse. In fact 1 of 9 homes in Lancaster County, benefit 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 Bainbridge Road) and Wednesday (south side of Bainbridge Road). Residents should have their trash, yard/woody waste and recyclables curbside the evening before or no later than 5:00 a.m. For more information on the trash and recycling program, including yard/woody waste click here. To contact Wendy Cain the trash & recycling coordinator, click on this link.

Holiday Schedules Rule of thumb is that if the holiday falls on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday trash/recycling service may be delayed a day. Please check the calendar on the front page of our website for any changes in schedules.

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 institutitonal facilities also recycle (see Chapter 183 of the trash/recycling ordinance found at http://ecode360.com/WE2498).

Click here to view on what and how to recycle. 

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 on the website's front page.

As you may or may not know, how much the Township recycles has a huge impact on grant opportunities from PA DEP to the Township. Grants monies help us purchase the recycling bins and brown Kraft bags and we pass those benefits onto our customers by offering these items to you at no cost. These grant monies also help fund the purchase of recycling bins and Kraft bags and assists in the costs of special recycling events.

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, 155 Merts Drive, 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.

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