Topics of Interest

Curious about what happens after your trash leaves the curb?

Wondering how you can become a better recycler?

Interested in incorporating more sustainable practices into your life?

If so, we’ve have lots of resources, including videos, activities, articles and more.

Click the buttons below to explore the following themes:

  • What Happens After You Throw it Away
  • Recycle Right
  • Sustainable Strategies

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So, what happens when you throw something away?

Whether placing it at the curb or disposing of it in a dumpster, waste never really goes “away.”

It ends up somewhere.

For communities in Lancaster and Dauphin Counties, that “somewhere” is under the management of LCSWMA.

Through our Integrated System, we are able to divert the majority of waste from the landfill while creating renewable energy (electricity) from trash, enough to power the equivalent of 45,000 area homes.

Click the buttons below to learn more about what happens after you throw it away.


Our 4-Step Approach to Managing Waste

Our Philosophy

Recycling Right is more important than you think.

In order to keep recycling sustainable in Lancaster County, we must focus on reducing contamination in the recycling bin.

The good news is that YOU can make a difference right now by learning what items belong in the bin.

We call these items the “Big 4,” which are:

  • Corrugated Cardboard | WATCH (Video)
  • Plastic Bottles and Jugs with Necks | WATCH (Video)
  • Metal Food and Beverage Containers | WATCH (Video)
  • Glass Bottles and Jars | WATCH (Video)

Click the buttons below for more information on how to be a better recycler.


All About Recycling in Lancaster County

Where Does Your Recycling Go?

Recycling Question? Email Recycling Rosie

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), describes sustainability as a principle where,”Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment.”

At LCSWMA, we are committed to sustainable practices and believe in sharing these practices with our neighbors in order to continue to make our community a model for healthy, prosperous and sustainable living.

Click on the buttons below for information on how you can get involved, whether it be volunteering for a litter cleanup with Keep Lancaster County Beautiful, reading about waste reduction strategies, learning to compost or a host of other sustainable topics.


Explore Our Green Energy Portfolio

LCSWMA's Commitment to the Environment

Waste Reduction Strategies (EPA)