Trash & Recycling
COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL & INSTITUTIONAL RECYCLING information – scroll to bottom of this page.
The Solid Waste Ordinance that went into effect on January 1, 2020 contains provisions regarding certain properties which will have the option to opt out of municipal trash service. Most properties are required to remain in the program. Owners of properties with at least 1 nonresidential unit may choose to opt out of being a part of the municipal trash service as long as the total number of units (residential AND nonresidential) on the property is 4 or less. Owners of properties that are opted out will be required to obtain the services of their own trash hauler.
Requests to opt out of, or to opt back in to, Municipal Trash Service, will be allowed once per year. The deadline for such requests is October 1 of each year. Click below for the form to be used for such requests.
The Borough’s contracted trash/recycling hauler is Waste Industries/GFL.
The yearly cost for Trash & Recycling service in 2022 will be $228.00, billed in two installments on January 1st and July 1st at $114.00 each. This represents an increase of only $4/year from 2021. Also, yard waste tags will continue to not be required in 2022, but yard waste may still ony be placed out on designated pickup days – click on 2021 Recycling Dates button below.
Rates will be reviewed annually, and will be adjusted, if necessary, based on costs for providing this service from our contracted hauler and the Lancaster County Solid Waste Authority. Payments for Trash & Recycling bills must be received in the Borough office by the 31st of January and July, respectively.
USED SHARPS/NEEDLES: “Sharps” is a medical term for devices with sharp points or edges that can puncture or cut skin. Examples of Sharps include needles, syringes, lancets, auto injectors, infusion sets, and connection needles.
- Dispose of used Sharps/Needles safely and properly!Always use a Safe Clip™. Contact the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority at (717) 397-9968 to obtain a free Safe Clip™ — a portable device that clips and stores up to 1500 needles. Safe Clips™ are also available at most pharmacies for purchase. Once full, the device may be placed in your regular trash (NEVER recycling).
- DO NOT USE drink cans, plastic food boxes, detergent bottles, or any other hard-plastic container. Those containers will burst open when compressed in garbage trucks making workers vulnerable to needle sticks.
- Used Sharps and needles are dangerous to people and pets; they can injure and/or spread infections that cause serious health conditions. NEVER place loose needles in your trash, and NEVER in the recycling bin.
- Trash and recycling is normally scheduled for pickup every Thursday. For weeks which include a holiday (see below for holidays), the pickup day will be Friday. Special recycling pickup dates are noted in the above link. Changes due to weather or other circumstances will be posted on the front page of our website.
- Each stop is allowed 3 containers of refuse a week and unlimited recycling.
- Yard Waste is NOT allowed to be included with your normal weekly trash, and therefore it will not be picked up if it is placed out on any days other than those specifically designated for yard waste pickup. Click on 2021 Recycling Dates button above for dates. Yard waste tags are no longer necessary.
Yard Waste includes: All garden residues, grass clippings, shrubbery and tree prunings less than 1/4 inch in diameter. Material must be placed in yard waste bags or tied with biodegradable twine in easily handled bunches which shall not exceed three (3) feet in length and thirty (30) pounds in weight.
Recyclable materials shall be collected as Single Stream (i.e. everything placed in the same recycling bin) on the same day as trash pickup. The Recycling must be placed in a Recycling Bin or appropriately labeled container. DO NOT USE A PLASTIC BAG for your recycling.
What Can Be Recycled?
Only the following materials can be recycled. Think of them as the “Big 4”. Everything else should be placed in your trash. If you aren’t sure, remember this phrase: “When in doubt, throw it out!” LCSWMA will transform discarded waste into renewable energy.
CORRUGATED CARDBOARD:This includes any size material consisting of a fluted corrugated sheet, like shipping boxes, packing boxes, CLEAN pizza boxes (no grease or food remnants), etc. Flatten all boxes and remove packaging including Styrofoam, peanuts, bubble wrap and plastic liners. Do NOT put paperboard (cereal boxes, shoe boxes), newsprint or junk mail in the bin.
PLASTIC BOTTLES AND JUGS WITH A NECK:This includes plastic bottles, jars, jugs and anything else with a neck. Throw away the lids and rinse out any residue. All other plastic material is considered trash. Ignore the numbers, as they don’t indicate if something is recyclable. Do NOT put plastic bags, toys, buckets, packaging, Styrofoam, hosing, furniture, or other plastic items in the bin.
METAL FOOD AND BEVERAGE CANS:This includes all food and beverage cans made from aluminum or steel. Throw away the lids and rinse out any residue. Do NOT put metal hangers, cooking pots and pans or other scrap metal like foil and pie plates in the bin.
GLASS:This includes clear, green and brown glass bottles and jars. Throw away the lids and rinse out any residue. Do NOT put light bulbs, dishes, glassware, window or automotive glass, vases or any other glass material in the bin.
Yard Waste and leaves will be picked up separately only on designated dates – click on Recycling Dates button above for dates.
Visit earth911.com for a list of locations that accept a variety of other recyclable materials.
Cardboard Dumpsters: Corrugated cardboard dumpsters are located in the parking lot at Logan Park off of West Ferdinand Street. The dumpsters are emptied twice weekly, so if dumpsters are full, please return in a few days.
DO NOT PLACE CARDBOARD OUTSIDE OF DUMPSTERS. The contracted hauler will not pick up anything outside of the dumpster, and this material will blow into the park and surrounding neighborhood.
- Holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Trash and recycling will be picked up on Fridays during these weeks UNLESS a holiday falls on a weekend.
- Recycling Bins: Recycling Bins are available at the Borough Office for $15.00. However, you can now use your own plastic container up to 32 gallons for recycling. Stop by the Borough Office today and pick up Free large Recycling Decals to put on each side of your container so our Recycling Drivers can easily spot your recycling container. Contact the Borough Office with any questions.
- Magazine Dumpster: There is a dumpster at Logan Park at the parking lot off of West Ferdinand Street for the recycling of magazines. All the money from this dumpster is used for the Ronald McDonald Houses in Hershey – remember the magazine dumpster is for magazines ONLY…no other paper, cardboard, or other trash is permitted to be placed in this dumpster!
- Batteries: Orange recycling bags for batteries are available at the Borough office. Place the bags BESIDE your recycling bin and trash can.
- Large Appliance Pick-up: A large appliance, or white good, is an appliance with a motor, engine, or compressor. For disposal of your appliance please be sure to purchase a $15.00 Large Appliance Tag from the Borough Office. One pickup is scheduled for the spring and one for the fall – click on 2022 Recycling Dates button above for dates.
- Tire Pick-up: Tires will also be picked up curb side on the day of large appliance pick-up. Each tire must display a $3.00 tire tag, also available for purchase at the Borough Office.
- Woody Yard Waste Pick-up: This pick-up will occur only on designated dates – click on 2022 Recycling Dates button above for dates. Tags are no longer needed.
- Leaf Pickup. This occurs from November through December – please check the schedule for specific dates – click on 2022 Recycling Dates button above for dates. Tags are not required, and all leaves must be placed in Kraft Bags which are available free of charge at the Public Works facility at 272 West Colebrook Street.
Reminder: Trash and recycling is not to be placed curbside before 6:00 PM the evening before your pick-up day, but it MUST be placed out by 5:00 AM on pick-up day. If your trash or recycling is missed, please contact the Borough Office immediately at 665-2461
COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL & INSTITUTIONAL RECYCLING
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) administers the requirements of the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act of 1988 (Act 101). This Act requires Municipalities and Counties to collect and report data on “post consumer” recyclables that are collected and marketed on an annual basis.
Commercial, Industrial & Institutional entities that generate waste in the Borough are required to recycle certain material in accordance with the Borough’s Solid Waste Ordinance.
If you are a commercial, industrial or institutional user in the Borough and you have a licensed waste hauler to transport your recyclables your data is already being annually reported.
However, if you do not rely on your waste hauler to transport some or all of your recyclables; please help us in collecting this information by completing the Commercial/Industrial/Institutional Annual Recycling Report that we mail to you each January.
Please feel free to contact the Borough Office for any assistance in completing this report.