February 2015


In This Issue

New Monthly Format
Save the Date
Let's Pin It
Battery Bags
Past Newsletters
Recycling Bin Tips
HHW Breaks Records

New Monthly Format


Welcome to our new monthly e-newsletter. Enjoy a timely selection of news updates about LCSWMA, interesting stories on how waste is a resource, tips for sustainable living, and more. If you have ideas for additional topics that interest you, email us:

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Save the Date


Mark your calendars for our annual spring tours of the Turkey Point Wind Project on Saturday, May 30. Enjoy delicious Turkey Hill ice cream, tour the landfill and see the turbines up-close. Online registration opens in April.


Let's Pin It


We've joined Pinterest. Follow LCSWMA for lots of creative ideas about green living, as well as fun facts about how waste connects us in unique ways. Don't forget to join us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram and YouTube too.


Request Battery Bags


To dispose of batteries safely and keep them out of the waste stream, contact LCSWMA for a FREE battery bag. Once full, place the battery bag next to your trash can. Your garbage hauler will bring it to LCSWMA. Or, you can bring your batteries to our HHW Facility for free disposal as well.

Call 717-397-9968 or email to request battery bags.


Past Newsletters


Access previous issues of Waste Matters here.


Preparing Materials for the Recycling Bin

SRMC Progress

Make a goal to live more sustainably this year by utilizing your recycling bin to its fullest potential. To help you make the greatest impact, we've compiled some helpful tips to keep in mind when sorting materials for the recycling bin.

Contact your municipal office to learn more about additional materials that may be accepted curbside for recycling in your neighborhood.

Recycle These Materials:

Glass Bottles and Jars (any color): Rinse containers thoroughly to remove any food or beverage residue. Remove the lids and discard in the trash. Labels do not need to be removed from the container.

Steel and Tin Cans: All food and beverage cans made from aluminum, steel or tin should be thoroughly rinsed to remove food or beverage residue.

Plastic Bottles: These include water, soda or juice bottles, detergent containers and milk jugs. Rinse containers thoroughly and discard the lids in the trash.

Paper: Newspaper and inserts, phone books and other soft cover books, paper bags, magazines and junk mail. If there is a chance of precipitation, do not put paper materials out for recycling, as wet fiber loses any recyclable value.

Examples of Unacceptable Materials:

e-Waste* like computers and TVs

Florescent Light Bulbs*

Food and Yard Waste
(try composting these materials instead)

Plastic Grocery Bags
(visit for recycling tips)


For information on where you can recycle unique items, visit

*These items are considered household hazardous waste (HHW) and should be taken to LCSWMA's HHW Facility located at 1299 Harrisburg Pike.


HHW Facility Breaks Records


Our Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility located at the Transfer Station Complex offers free disposal of paint, chemicals, electronics and more to Lancaster County residents. On average, 250 customers visit the facility daily. In 2014, an incredible 72,075 customers used this service; that's a 20 percent increase 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
152,551 lbs of batteries
87,376 lbs of motor oil
81,600 lbs of flammable liquids
31,068 lbs of florescent bulbs
277,940 lbs of latex paint
100,235 lbs of other materials like antifreeze, cooking oil, pesticides, fire extinguishers, etc.

By disposing of your hazardous materials at the HHW Facility, you are helping to protect the environment and keep harmful items out of household trash.

The HHW Facility is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, and is FREE for Lancaster County residents.


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