Join Us for a FREE Facility Tour!


Join us for a FREE facility tour! We take you behind-the-scenes to show how waste disposal works and the impact it makes on our environment.

We offer tours of our Transfer Station Complex, Lancaster Waste-to-Energy Facility, Frey Farm Landfill, and Susquehanna Resource Management Complex. These tours offer insight into LCSWMA’s unique Integrated System, which manages waste in a way that minimizes environmental impact and maximizes sustainability.

Adults and children ages 10 and up are invited to tour. Pre-registration is required, and reservations can be made online or by calling 717-397-9957.

Transfer Station Complex (TSC)

The TSC serves as a central drop-off location for refuse (trash), certain recyclable materials, and construction/demolition waste from within the community. This site acts as a consolidation point for waste. It is delivered, then separated and transferred to its final processing destination via LCSWMA transfer trucks.

Tour highlights include:

  • Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility: A one-of-a-kind facility in Pennsylvania that collects hazardous waste and electronics, for free, from Lancaster County Residents, for proper disposal.
  • Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Fueling Stations: One station powers LCSWMA’s fleet of transfer trucks, while the other is available to commercial fleet customers.
  • Tipping Floor: Get an up-close-and-personal view of our operations and watch the unique way LCSWMA transfer trucks are loaded.

Lancaster Waste-to-Energy (WTE) Facility

On the Lancaster WTE tour, you’ll learn how waste is combusted to create enough electricity to power the equivalent of 30,000 area homes!

Tour highlights include:

  • Control Room: Staffed by Covanta, this room acts as the “brains” of the facility, closely monitoring emissions, boiler temperatures, and more.
  • Ash Storage Building: Conveyors transport ash from the plant to a storage building for metals recovery.
  • Perdue Soybean Processing Plant: LCSWMA partners with Perdue to provide steam and processed water. This negates the need for Perdue to use fossil fuels for this process.

Frey Farm Landfill (FFLF)

Waste that cannot be combusted or processed at the Lancaster WTE Facility is taken to the FFLF landfill. LCSWMA’s state-of-the-art facility features a variety of safeguards to protect our environment. The landfill is subject to strict regulations and holds the best environmental record of any municipal landfill in Pennsylvania- 27 years and counting!

Tour highlights include:

  • Inashco Metals Recovery Facility: Ash from our WTE Facilities is further processed to recover valuable metals.
  • Wind Turbines: This 3.2-megawatt project produces 21-25% of the energy needed to power neighboring Turkey Hill Dairy- enough to make 5-6 million gallons of ice cream annually!

Susquehanna Resource Management Complex (SRMC)

Built in 1972, the SRMC is home to the nation’s first WTE facility. Located in Harrisburg, the SRMC was purchased by LCSWMA in 2013. The energy generated from this WTE facility powers state capitol buildings.

Tour highlights include:

  • WTE Storage Pit and Grapple: Watch as trash is picked up by crane and fed into one of three boilers.
  • The Transfer, Maintenance, and Administration (TMA) Building: This new 29,800 square foot facility includes a transfer building for construction/demolition loads and smaller customer deliveries.

For more information or to book a tour, visit http://www.lcswma.org/tours, or call 717-397-9968.

Collage of LCSWMA facilities.