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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

Turn the Tide on Trash

July 08, 2016 ·

A trip to the beach is a great way to relax, rejuvenate and surround yourself with the beauty of nature.

Unfortunately, the natural beauty of the beach is often disturbed by the presence of litter. In fact, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), approximately 1.4 billion pounds of trash ends up in our oceans each year. This also impacts the health of aquatic ecosystems, including marine animals.

Help keep the sand and surf at your favorite beach clean by utilizing these tips:

Snack the Smart Way

Instead of reaching for a plastic bottle from the snack stand when you get thirsty, consider packing a stainless steel bottle. Not only will this type of container keep your drink extra cold, but it’s reusable too.  Speaking of keeping cool, trade in your Styrofoam cooler for a reusable one to prevent pieces of Styrofoam from breaking off and ending up in the water.

When packing snacks, buy in bulk from the grocery store to avoid packaging waste and store in reusable containers such as mason jars or reusable snack bags. Another option is to make your own snacks that don’t require any type of wrapping or packaging like fruit leather, popsicles or granola bars.

Choose a Safer Sunscreen

Sunscreen is essential for outdoor summer fun, but when sunscreen washes off in the ocean, it can leave chemical residue behind that is harmful to marine life, especially coral reefs. Find the best sunscreen options here and don’t forget to recycle your empty sunscreen bottle.

Leave the Beach in the Same Condition You Found it or Better

A large portion of marine trash is created by beachgoers. Some of the most commonly littered items at the beach include cigarettes, food wrappers/containers and plastic beverage bottles.

Any items left on the beach can be blown into the ocean, picked up by waves or washed into the water when it rains. Make sure to not leave anything behind. Pack up all beach toys and use designated receptacles to dispose of trash and recyclables. If you fish, be sure to properly dispose of fishing line and nets, which can entangle, injure and drown marine wildlife.

Have fun this summer and help protect our precious oceans and waterways. For information on how you can help our local gateway to the ocean, the Chesapeake Bay, click here

Tags: Green Tips · Litter Abatement