Spring Cleaning Waste Disposal

According to the calendar, spring has been here for a few weeks, but Lancaster City is only just starting to thaw out from winter! Read on for some waste disposal tips if the warmer temps have you itching to deep clean your house and spruce up your yard.

Yard Waste

Now’s the time to clear your yard for spring and summer! Yard waste collection Began earlier this month. Pickups will happen twice a month in April, May, September and October, and once a month in June, July and August. Yard waste includes tree trimmings, shrubbery and other organic landscape vegetation. This does NOT include trash, food waste, tree stumps, dirt and stones. There is no limit of bags or bundles you can put out each collection week. 

Yard waste is plastic bags will NOT be collected. Residents can pick up free yard waste bags at the following locations and times:

City Hall, 120 North Duke Street
M - F 8:30 AM - 5 PM

Treasury Office (inside Police Department), 39 West Chestnut Street 
M - F 8:30 AM - 5 PM

Streets Department, 515 North Franklin Street
M - F  7 AM - 4:15 PM

Recycling Center, 850 New Holland Avenue
M - F 8 AM - 5 PM & SAT 8 AM – Noon

Visit www.cityoflancasterpa.com/resident/yard-waste for more information and a detailed schedule.

Oversized Refuse

If you’re de-cluttering the inside of your home, it’s important to remember a few rules for disposing of excess or over-sized refuse. Up to six 32 gallon or 30 pound bags of trash per week will be collected from each household. Households can also put out one over-sized item in place of two trash bags/cans. Examples of oversized items are chairs, end tables, or small mattresses. These items should be no heavier than 60 pounds and no bigger than 6 feet in any dimension. Tires, large appliances, and any appliance containing refrigerant should be disposed of through regular curbside collection.

Before throwing away large household items, consider giving them away. Items posted in neighborhood Facebook groups or on Nextdoor are often claimed quickly, keeping them out of landfills!

Items that cannot find a new home or be disposed of curbside can be brought to Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority locations for a small fee. Go to www.lcswma.org/lcswma_disposing_trash.cfm for more information on locations and fees.

White Goods

White goods are large appliances like refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, water coolers, clothes washers and dryers, water heaters, and microwaves. White goods are not collected with weekly trash, but are collected on the third Friday of each month. A tag must be purchased prior to pick-up. Tags are $15 and can be purchased at the Treasury Office, 39 West Chestnut Street.

If you have any questions about how to dispose of a certain item, don’t hesitate to contact the Solid Waste Hotline at (717) 291-4744. Happy spring cleaning!