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3/14/2017: LCSWMA Closed

March 13, 2017 ·

Due to the impending snow storm, all LCSWMA facilities will be CLOSED on Tuesday, March 14. This includes the Transfer Station Complex, Household Hazardous Waste Facility, Frey Farm Landfill, Lancaster WTE Facility and the Susquehanna Resource Management Complex. Please check back for updates regarding the storm's impact on Wednesday's operations.

For a list of facility operating hours, click here

Tags: Frey Farm Landfill · HHW · SRMC · Waste-to-Energy

Your Top Disposal Questions Answered

July 12, 2016 ·

Summer signifies the end of spring cleaning, meaning items purged from cabinets, closets and cupboards need to go somewhere. However, it can be tricky to know if an item should be recycled, thrown out with regular trash or taken to a special location for disposal. 

Read on for the answers to the top five disposal questions LCSWMA receives, and find out how to properly dispose of common household items.

Where can I dispose of my television?

Lancaster County residents can dispose of televisions for free at LCSWMA’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility located at 1299 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster. Customers can bring a total of 10 televisions to the facility per day.

What should I do with my box spring and mattress?

If the item is six feet or longer, it must go to the Frey Farm Landfill for disposal. Otherwise, any LCSWMA facility will take a box spring and mattress for a cost of $15 per item.

Is my microwave considered household hazardous waste?

Microwaves are not considered household hazardous waste and can be disposed of for $10 at any LCSWMA facility.

How do I dispose of a propane tank?

Small propane tanks like those used for camp stoves or lanterns, can be placed in your regular trash for disposal. Large propane tanks, empty or full, are accepted for free disposal at LCSWMA’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility located at 1299 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster.  

What should I do with leftover paint?

Lancaster County residents can dispose of leftover latex or oil-based paint at LCSWMA’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility located at 1299 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster. If the paint can is empty or the paint has dried out, the can is considered trash and can be placed out for collection. 

For more information or specfic quesitons about waste disposal, contact your hauler.

 

 

Tags: Green Tips · HHW

Take the Recycling Pledge!

November 10, 2015 ·

This Sunday, November 15, is America Recycles Day (ARD), a nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and buy recycled products.

In celebration of ARD, LCSWMA encourages you to take the pledge to give your garbage another life by recycling what you can.

If you already recycle using a curbside bin, we encourage you to think outside the box (literally!) by recycling items that cannot be placed in your bin. For instance, take your plastic bags and wraps back to the grocery store for recycling (find a recycling location here), bring electronics, paint or other household hazardous waste (HHW) to LCSWMA’s HHW Facility, donate old clothes and compost food scraps instead of throwing them away.

For more information on recycling, visit these helpful websites:

LCSWMA.org – for information on how to recycle HHW, yard waste and more.

CityofLancasterPA.com – to access a list of materials accepted at the City’s Recycling Center.

Earth911.com – to find out about your local recycling options.

Keep America Beautiful – for information on litter prevention programs, cleanup programs and recycling initiatives.

Keep Lancaster County Beautiful – to find out about local KAB programs in Lancaster County.

IWantToBeRecycled.com – for information on how and why to recycle common items.

Tags: Green Tips · HHW · Recycling

5 Things You Shouldn't Put in Your Trashcan

May 14, 2015 ·

These days, it’s getting harder to distinguish what should and should not be tossed in your trash can. Some items, like tissues or food wrappers, are easily distinguished as garbage while other household items are more of a mystery.

Read on to find out what common items don’t belong in your trashcan and how you can properly dispose of them:

1) Batteries. Many people throw dead batteries in the garbage with the rest of their trash. Batteries are considered household hazardous waste and need to be disposed of properly. In Lancaster County, residents can call our main office at 717-397-9968 to request orange battery bags to use for disposal. Once the bag is full, simply place next to your trashcan and your garbage hauler will bring them to LCSWMA for recycling. You can also bring batteries to our Household Hazardous Waste Facility, free of charge.

2) Food Waste. Did you know that 18% of the national waste stream is made up of food waste? To handle this type of waste, the sustainable disposal option is to compost. Composting is an excellent way to recycle vegetable scraps, grass clippings, leaves and other organics, turning those materials into a useful and valuable product to naturally improve the soil.

3) Covered Devices. In 2013, Pennsylvania passed a law called the Covered Devices Recycling Act, which prohibits residents from disposing of covered devices as trash. Covered devices include desktop computers, computer peripherals (keyboard, mouse, printer and speakers), televisions and e-readers that browse the internet. You can recycle a maximum of ten covered devices per day at our Household Hazardous Waste Facility for free or contact your local municipality for information on collection programs.

4) Glass Bottles, Steel and Tin Cans, Plastic Bottles or Newspaper: Give your garbage a second life – recycle these items! Place bottles, cans or newsprint in your curbside recycle bin for collection or bring them to one of our Recycling Drop-Off Centers to dispose of for free.

5) Paint. Excess amounts of paint, either latex or oil-based, can be brought to our Household Hazardous Waste Facility for free. Empty paint cans or dried paint can be disposed of as regular trash. 

Tags: Green Tips · HHW · Recycling

Book a FREE Public Tour

March 03, 2015 ·

Have you ever wondered what happens to your trash after it’s picked up? Find out by taking a FREE public tour of our Transfer Station Complex in Lancaster, Waste-to-Energy Facility in Bainbridge or Frey Farm Landfill in Conestoga. 

Each tour offers a behind-the-scenes look at our daily operations. Follow your trash, as we transform it from waste to a resource! Tours run from March through October. Reservations can be made online or by calling 717-397-9968. 

Choose from the following tour options: 

Transfer Station Complex (1299 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster): Tours begin at the large Transfer Station building with an overview of Lancaster County's Integrated System. The walking tour continues with a visit to our Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility, compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations and concludes in our Transfer Station training room where visitors can view the tipping floor in action.

Lancaster Waste-to-Energy Facility (1911 River Road, Bainbridge): Tours begin at the Administrative Building where visitors receive an overview of Lancaster County's Integrated System and Covanta's partnership as operator of the facility. The visit continues with a driving tour, where guests are shuttled around the site, stopping at the tipping floor, control room, ash warehouse and other site highlights.

Frey Farm Landfill (3049 River Road, Conestoga): Tours begin at the Rieber House Welcome Center where visitors receive an overview of Lancaster County's Integrated System. The visit continues with a driving tour, where guests are shuttled around the site, stopping at the landfill gas plant, wind project, landfill tipping face and other highlights.

Tags: Frey Farm Landfill · HHW · Tours · Transfer Station · Waste-to-Energy

HHW Facility Breaks Records in 2014

January 20, 2015 ·

On average, 250 customers visit LCSWMA’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility each day to drop off materials such as paint, batteries and electronics. 

The only permanent facility of its kind in Pennsylvania, the HHW Facility was designed to provide safe disposal of hazardous waste items, which protects the environment and keeps those materials out of household trash.

We’re happy to report that many Lancaster County residents are taking advantage of this one-of-a-kind facility. In 2014, an incredible 72,075 customers used the facility – up 20 percent from 2013.

A total of 3,229,161 lbs of material was received in 2014, which breaks down to:

2,498,391 lbs of e-waste (cameras, video game consoles, cell phones, DVD players, etc.)

152,551 lbs of batteries (automotive and household)

87,376 lbs of motor oil

81,600 lbs of flammable liquids (kerosene, gasoline, propane and oil-based paint)

31,068 lbs of florescent bulbs

277,940 lbs of latex paint

100,235 lbs of other materials (antifreeze, cooking oil, pesticides, mercury, fire extinguishers, etc.)

Located at the Transfer Station Complex, the HHW Facility and accepts the following items for FREE from Lancaster County residents:

-Adhesives

-Automotive fluids

-Batteries

-Chemistry sets

-Cooking and frying oils

-Covered devices (computers, laptops, televisions, e-readers, etc. Limit 10 covered devices per customer, per day)

-E-waste (cameras, cell phones, MP3 players, stereos, etc.)

-Fire extinguishers

-Floor and furniture polish

-Fuel

-Household cleaners

-Lawn treatments

-Mercury containing items

-Paint, rust inhibitors, stains, turpentine and thinners

-Photographic and pool chemicals

The HHW Facility is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 717-397-9968 or click here

 

Tags: HHW

New HHW Facility and Recycling Drop-Off Container Entrance

December 19, 2014 ·

Construction is now complete on the new Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility and Recycling Drop-Off Container entrance at LCSWMA’s Transfer Station Complex.

Now, customers entering the facility will be able to access the HHW Facility and Recycling Drop-Off Container by immediately turning right upon entering the site. This new entrance will better serve our customers by providing more space for residents delivering materials and will improve traffic flow in and out of the facility.

The Recycling Drop-Off Container will still be accessible 24 hours per day, seven days a week in the new location.

Tags: Authority Projects · HHW

Celebrate America Recycles Day

November 14, 2014 ·

November 15th is America Recycles Day (ARD), a nationally recognized day to encourage Americans to recycle and buy recycled products.

In celebration of ARD, LCSWMA encourages you to take the pledge to give your trash another life by recycling what you can.

If you already recycle using a curbside bin, we encourage you to think outside the box (literally!) by recycling items that cannot be placed in your bin. For instance, take your plastic bags and wraps back to the grocery store for recycling (find a recycling location here), bring electronics, paint or other household hazardous waste (HHW) to LCSWMA’s HHW Facility, donate old clothes and compost food scraps instead of throwing them away.

Additionally, encourage your school or business to make a commitment towards recycling. The Recycling at Work website has a lot of resources to help businesses form a recycling action plan and tools to encourage employee participation.

For more information on recycling, visit these helpful websites:

LCSWMA.org – for information on how to recycle HHW, yard waste and more.

CityofLancasterPA.com – to access a list of materials accepted at the City’s Recycling Center.

Earth911.com – to find out about additional recycling opportunities.

Keep America Beautiful – for information on litter prevention programs, cleanup programs and recycling initiatives.

Keep Lancaster County Beautiful – to find out about local KAB programs in Lancaster County.

IWantToBeRecycled.com – for information on how and why to recycle common items.

To find out what exactly you can put in your curbside recycling bin, click here

Tags: Green Tips · HHW · Recycling

Spring Cleaning Done Right

March 25, 2014 ·

The spring season brings increasing daylight, warmer temperatures and the annual ritual known as spring cleaning.

Whether you’re cleaning out a garage, basement or closet, your trash – including appliances, large items and more – can be easily and safely disposed of at any one of our three Lancaster County facilities.

The following items can be discarded at the Transfer Station Complex in Lancaster, Frey Farm Landfill in Conestoga or the Lancaster Waste-to-Energy (WTE) Facility in Bainbridge.

-Recyclables (glass, steel, tin cans, plastic bottles with a “neck”, newspapers): Free
-Refuse (trash): $30.00 minimum for up to 820 lbs
-Car and Motorcycle Tires: $3.00 per tire (with or without rims)
-Truck Tires: $10.00 per tire (with or without rims)
-Appliances with Refrigerant (refrigerator, freezer, window AC unit): $15.00 per item
-Appliances without Refrigerant (washer, dryer, microwave): $10.00 per item
-Any Single Item 200 lbs or Less (mattress, sofa, dresser): $15.00 per item
-Construction/Demolition Waste (bricks, ceiling tiles): Nominal fee

Certain items used in the home, garage and garden are considered household hazardous waste (HHW) because they can cause serious safety and health problems if not disposed of correctly.

These items can be brought to our HHW Facility located at the Transfer Station Complex in Lancaster for FREE.

Some examples of HHW include:

-Automotive fluids
-Batteries – automotive and household
-Cell phones
-Cooking and frying oils
-Household cleaners
-Lawn treatments – herbicides and pesticides
-Mercury containing items – thermometers, fluorescent bulbs, etc.
-Paint
-E-Waste: Desktop computers, Laptops, Monitors, Keyboards, Speakers, Printers, Televisions, Cameras, DVD/VCR players and iPods and MP3 players

For a complete list of accepted HHW and E-Waste, please download our Resident’s Guide to Recycling & Waste Disposal in Lancaster County.

Dauphin County and City of Harrisburg residents can find information regarding trash disposal and HHW by clicking here.

Tags: HHW · Recycling

Thermometer Exchange Program

February 25, 2014 ·

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2013-2014 flu season is packing quite the punch, as the virus has struck harder this year than in the past. With several more weeks of winter ahead, it is important to be prepared in the event that sickness hits your household.

Take an easy step by replacing your old mercury thermometer with a reliable, easy-to-read digital thermometer courtesy of LCSWMA.

Simply bring your old mercury thermometer to our Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. – noon on Saturdays, and we'll replace it with a digital thermometer for FREE.

Allowing the professionals at HHW to safely dispose of mercury thermometers ensures that the dangerous chemical stays out of the waste stream.

Tags: HHW