Preparing your Materials for the Recycle Bin

Focus on the BIG 4! Put only these items in your recycling bin

Corrugated Cardboard


Plastic Bottles & Jugs With Necks

Emptied, rinsed & lids removed (lids are not recyclable). Labels can stay on.

Metal Food & Beverage Cans

Emptied, rinsed & lids removed (lids are not recyclable). Labels can stay on.

Glass Jars & Bottles

Emptied, rinsed & lids removed (lids are not recyclable). Labels can stay on.

Items Not for Our Recycling Bin

  • Newspapers, Magazines, & Junk Mail: There is a drop-off recycling center at 850 New Holland Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601. (Why can’t I recycle paper? Click here.)
  • Paperboard: Cereal boxes, tissue boxes, food cartons, soiled pizza boxes, egg cartons.
  • Plastics without a neck: Yogurt cups, grocery bags, garbage bags, takeout food containers, utensils, plates & cups, food storage containers, sandwich bags, garden pots, plastic film like saran wrap or what is used to wrap a case of water, diapers, toys (Why can’t I recycle more? Click here.)
  • Glass: Vases, Pyrex dishes, drinkware, mirrors, candle holders, glass from picture frames
  • Metal: Aluminum foil, aerosol cans, paint cans, auto parts, utensils, pots & pans, irons
  • Lids to bottles & cans
  • Rubber items
  • Batteries (see FAQ)
  • Clothing
  • Food Waste
  • Mirrors
  • Plastic Bags – Plastic bags can be recycled at a grocery stores, usually at the front entrance
  • Christmas lights
  • Garden hoses
  • Styrofoam
  • Tissue
  • Paper Towels
  • Light Bulbs

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)
  • Drumore Township (Effective May, 2019:  Call us for details at 717-529-1292)

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.