Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of commonly asked questions regarding trash disposal, recycling and LCSWMA operations. If you do not see your question listed, please contact us at 717-397-9968 or contact us here.
Recycle bins are provided by your municipality or hauler. For details on your specific curbside recycling program, contact your municipal recycling coordinator. To find the county or municipality where you live click here.
Magazines, catalogs and other household paper should be disposed as trash, which LCSWMA will then transform into renewable energy (electricity). Please do not put magazines or catalogs into your recycling bin. These can be take to the City of Lancaster’s Recycling Drop-Off Center on New Holland Avenue, where they are kept separated, clean, and dry (making them valuable to the market!). Read more about what you can and cannot recycle on the Recycling page.
Appliances including toasters, blenders, microwaves, vacuums, etc. are considered trash. Contact your trash hauler or municipality to make special arrangements for pick-up. Or for a small fee, you can dispose of the appliance at any of our facilities.
Shredded paper should not be placed in your recycling bin. Visit earth911.com to find a facility that accepts shredded paper for recycling. Or, this material can be disposed as trash, which LCSWMA will then transform into renewable energy (electricity).
Visit earth911.com to find a facility that accepts ink cartridges for recycling.
Corrugated cardboard, like shipping and packaging boxes are recyclable. You can place clean cardboard boxes in your recycling bin, or deliver them to our Recycling Drop-Off Centers. Please flatten the boxes and remove any packaging before recycling. Read more about what cardboard is recyclable on our Recycling page.
LCSWMA does not pick-up your curbside trash. Collection service is provided by private haulers. LCSWMA manages the processing of waste once it is delivered to us. Contact your trash hauler or municipality for more information. To find the county or municipality where you live click here.
You will need to contact your trash hauler or municipality to make special arrangements for large items like appliances. Or for a small fee, you can dispose of the appliance at any of our facilities.
Lancaster County residents may deliver televisions to our Household Hazardous Waste Facility for free. If you are a Dauphin County resident, please contact the Dauphin County Recycling Center.
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For dangerous materials like firearms, ammunition, flares, fireworks, etc., contact your local fire department of police department for specific instructions. Please do NOT dispose of this material in your regular trash, as it can harm people collecting and processing the material, along with damage equipment.
LCSWMA’s waste-to-energy facilities are subject to rigorous regulatory oversight. Combustion gases are thoroughly cleaned before exiting the stack by passing through an extensive emissions control process. Emissions at the facility are well below levels set by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Waste-to-energy is also more sustainable than alternative disposal methods. For every ton of waste combusted, 1 ton of methane gas is avoided had the waste been landfilled.
The Wind Project at Turkey Point is installed on a non-operational portion of the Frey Farm Landfill property. We have repurposed underutilized land for a project that now generates 6.18 million kWh of clean renewable energy for the adjacent Turkey Hill Dairy manufacturing plant. It’s both good for our environment and local economy. It’s an example of how LCSWMA continually seeks opportunities to make waste a resource.
The material that is landfilled consists mostly of inorganic matter, which produces less gas, odor and litter. To further reduce litter and odor, waste is covered at the end of each day with ash from LCSWMA’s two waste-to-energy facilities.
To prevent landfill liquid (leachate) from leaching into the surrounding environment, a double-composite liner system is utilized along with a network of pipes to collect the leachate, which is pumped to a local municipal treatment plant.
When a portion of the landfill reaches capacity, it is sealed with a series of capping materials that block precipitation from reaching the waste material. Vegetation is then planted on top of the closed cell to prevent erosion.
The Frey Farm Landfill is subject to strict regulations and holds the best environmental record of any municipal landfill in Pennsylvania.