In addition to solid waste disposal, the county-operated sites also provide for the collection of several recyclable materials. All sites accept PET and HDPE plastic, glass bottles, aluminum and tin food and beverage containers, old newspapers, mixed paper, cardboard and scrap metal.
New Recycling Guidelines
Source separation is now required for all recyclable materials - All materials need to be separated and deposited into the appropriate container designated for each recyclable item. Items should be rinsed to remove food residue and checked for non-recyclable items. Lancaster County Convenience Centers can no longer accept mixed recyclables, bagged recyclables, trash bags, plastic shopping bags, plastic shrink wrap or packaging plastics, including styrofoam products, which are now considered undesirable items that cannot be placed in the recycling bins to be recycled.
Did you know recycling just ten plastic bottles saves enough energy to power a laptop for more than 25 hours?
Recycle plastics #1 and #2. Look on the bottom of containers for a number inside the recycling arrows.
- Milk jugs (no cartons)
- Water/Soda bottles
- Shampoo/Soap/Detergent bottles
- Plastics # 3 through #7
- Plastic Bags/Trash bags
- Shrink wrap or packaging plastics
- Bagged or mixed recyclables such as: Glass, metals, mixed paper and cardboard
Did you know recycling just one ton of aluminum cans conserves more than 1,024 gallons of gasoline?
Recycle all food and beverage metal cans - steel, tin, bi-metal and aluminum.
- Aluminum beverage cans
- Food cans
- Scrap metal
- Plastic shopping bags including trash bags and paper bags
- Bagged or mixed recyclables such as: Glass. Plastics, mixed paper and cardboard
- Clothes hangers
Did you know recycled glass can be used over and over: Very little waste is generated in the glass recycling and manufacturing process, Recycled glass can be used to produce the same product over and over.
Recycle clear and colored glass.
- Beverage containers
- Glass food jars
- Automotive glass
- Window glass
- Ceramic or household dishes
- Plastic shopping bags including trash bags and paper bags.
- Bagged or mixed recyclables such as: Plastics, metals, mixed paper and cardboard
Did you know paper makes up nearly 30 percent of waste generated each year?
Recycle envelopes, office paper, junk mail, greeting cards and file folders loosely or in paper bags only. Shredded paper should be put in a paper bag and stapled before placing in recycling bin.
- Junk mail
- Phone books
- Shredded paper or any paper product in plastic bags
- Mixed recyclables such as: Plastic, glass, cardboard or metals
Did you know greasy pizza boxes are not recyclable?
- Corrugated Cardboard boxes
- Dry food packaging boxes
- Frozen food or any boxes containing a wax coating
- Plastic bags or mixed recyclables such as: Plastics, glass, metals or mixed paper
Scrap Metal Recycling
Did you Know the United States annually processes more than 250 billion lbs. of scrap material — the weight of more than 70 million cars.
Appliance Dealers are required to remove refrigerants from freezers, refrigerators and air conditioners prior to disposal at the centers.
- Washers and Dryers
- Riding and Push Lawn Mowers
- Water Heaters
- Air Conditioners
- Aluminum, Copper, Brass, Stainless Steel and Scrap Steel
- Garbage or hazardous materials
- Auto or Marine Batteries
- Metal Framed Glass windows or shower doors
Visit the Plastic Film Recycling web site and enter your zip code for a list of stores that offer plastic bag recycling.
You can also print our new recycling flyer to help assist you in recycling properly.
For more information on Lancaster County's solid waste and recycling program and guidelines, e-mail Donald Brown or call (804) 462-5129.