Preparing your Materials for the Recycle Bin

Items You Can Recycle

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Plastic

  • Plastics 1 & 2
  • This applies to bottles, jars and jugs only—anything that has a “neck.” Rinse to remove any residue.
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Paper

  • Newsprint
  • Printer/Copier Paper
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Junk Mail/Phonebooks
  • Magazines/Catalogs
  • Cereal/Frozen food boxes
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Glass

  • Clear, green and brown glass bottles/jars should be thoroughly rinsed to remove any residue. Remove the lids and dispose in the trash. No need to remove the labels.
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Steel & Tin Cans

  • All food and beverage cans made from aluminum, steel or tin should be thoroughly rinsed to remove any residue.

Items Not for Our Recycling Bin

  • Aerosol Cans
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Batteries (see FAQ)
  • Clothing
  • Food Waste
  • Mirrors
  • Plastic Bags
  • Shredded Paper
  • Laminated Paper
  • Styrofoam
  • Tissue
  • Paper Towels
  • Light Bulbs
  • Glassware
  • Window/Automotive Glass
  • Metal Hangers
  • Cooking Pots/Pans or Scrap Metal
  • Tubs (Yogurt/Butter Containers)
  • Plastic Toys

For a printable flier of this information, click here.

Recycling in Lancaster County

We offer recycling where the township has enacted a curbside recycling ordinance in accordance with Act 101, Pennsylvania’s “Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act.”

We offer curbside recycling for

  • Providence Township
  • Pequea Township
  • Strasburg Township
  • Strasburg Borough
  • Quarryville Borough
  • East Lampeter Township (we currently service a small section of East Lampeter)

For more details, see our Recycling 101 letter

Recycling Covered Devices: It’s the Law

In 2013, Pennsylvania passed the Covered Devices Recycling Act. The law prohibits residents from putting any covered device in the trash.

A covered device includes desktop computers, laptops, and computer accessories; televisions; and hand-held tablets (Kindle, iPad, etc.).

As a trash hauler, it is illegal for Econ to take any covered device a customer has put out. Only companies with a specific electronic recycling license can accept any covered device.

You can drop off your old covered devices at:

The Household Hazardous Waste Facility
1299 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA
Open M-F 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. – Noon.
Free to all Lancaster County citizens, 10 items max.

Click here for the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority’s website for details on the law.

Before you purchase a new device, ask the store if they have a recycling program for the old device. Most big box stores have a recycling program in place.