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East Hempfield Township has a mandatory, commingled recycling program.

Residents are being asked to follow the new guidelines as published by Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority.


'When in Doubt, Throw it Out'

Only the following materials can be recycled. Think of them as the “Big 4”. Everything else should be placed in your trash. If you aren’t sure, remember this phrase: “When in doubt, throw it out!” LCSWMA will transform discarded waste into renewable energy.

This includes any size material consisting of a fluted corrugated sheet, like shipping boxes, packing boxes, CLEAN pizza boxes (no grease or food remnants), etc. Flatten all boxes and remove packaging including Styrofoam, peanuts, bubble wrap and plastic liners. Do NOT put paperboard (cereal boxes, shoe boxes), newsprint or junk mail in the bin.

This includes plastic bottles, jars, jugs and anything else with a neck. Throw away the lids and rinse out any residue. All other plastic material is considered trash. Ignore the numbers, as they don’t indicate if something is recyclable. Do NOT put plastic bags, toys, buckets, packaging, Styrofoam, hosing, furniture, or other plastic items in the bin.

 This includes all food and beverage cans made from aluminum or steel. Throw away the lids and rinse out any residue. Do NOT put metal hangers, cooking pots and pans or other scrap metal like foil and pie plates in the bin.

4.  GLASS: 
This includes clear, green and brown glass bottles and jars. Throw away the lids and rinse out any residue. Do NOT put light bulbs, dishes, glassware, window or automotive glass, vases or any other glass material in the bin. 

A Recycling Dumpster has been placed to the east of the A. Herr house and barn.  Directional signs have been placed to assist in locating their new location.  

The Lancaster County Solid Waste webpage contains additional information regarding County recycling.

'Wheels For Wishes' Vehicle Donation

Wheels For Wishes is a car donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish® Philadelphia and Susquehanna Valley. We are proud to offer an easy way to recycle or donate unwanted cars, trucks, motorcycles, SUVs, RVs, or even boats, by turning them into a wish for a local child. To donate, you can give us a call at 1-855-344-9474 or fill out our easy online vehicle donation form. Visit us online at

Electronics Recycling Law

The Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act requires that consumers and businesses must recycle electronics such as computers, computer monitors, laptops, television, tablets, and computer peripherals (printers, keyboards, mouse devices, etc.) as of January 23, 2013. Consumers and businesses will no longer be able to throw away their covered electronic devices with their curbside trash.  Township residents can drop off their electronics at the Harrisburg Pike Transfer Station (, 717-397-9968) at no cost.