Preparing your Materials for the Recycle Bin

Items You Can Recycle



  • Plastic bottles, jars, jugs, & containers, regardless of the number on the bottom.  Separate the lid and container before placing in the bin
  • Examples:  Milk jugs, water bottles, detergent jugs, shampoo bottles



  • Paper cartons
  • Newsprint
  • Printer/Copier Paper
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Examples:  Milk/Juice cartons, newspapers, food boxes, magazines, telephone books



  • Glass bottles and jars (clear, brown, blue, & green)
  • Examples:  Drink bottles, glass jars


Steel & Tin Cans

  • Aluminum & steel cans (beverage, food, and aerosol)
  • Examples:  Drink and food cans, pet food cans, aerosol cans

Items Not for Our Recycling Bin

  • Food/Grease saturated products, such as pizza boxes that are grease stained
  • Batteries (see FAQ)
  • Clothing
  • Food Waste
  • Mirrors
  • Plastic Bags – Plastic bags can be recycled at a grocery stores, usually at the front entrance
  • Flexible plastic (plastic wrap, garden hoses)
  • Shredded Paper
  • Laminated Paper
  • Styrofoam
  • Tissue
  • Paper Towels
  • Light Bulbs
  • Glassware
  • Window/Automotive Glass
  • Metal Hangers
  • Cooking Pots/Pans or Scrap Metal
  • 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.