Trash and Recycling

In this section:  Extra Service Bags | Monthly Brush Drop-off |  Other Information | Recycling | Trash Hauler | Yard Waste

Extra Service Bags

If you have need of extra garbage pick up (more than your alloted collection limit), additional service bags are available at the York Township administration office at the Finance office window for purchase at a cost of $4.00 per  bag.  The bags are 33 gallon, bright orange and have Penn Waste printed on them.  You simply sit them out with your regular garbage collection and Penn Waste will pick them up.  The $4.00 is the charge that Penn Waste charges for additional pickup and is sent to them.

If you have need of yard waste bags, they are available at the York Township administration office at the Finance office window for purchase at a cost of $1.25 per  bag ($1.18 + $.07 tax)

Monthly Brush Drop-off

Residential Brush Drop Off

Brush is defined as tree limbs, shrubbery and the like no larger than 8” in diameter.  York Township accepts brush from Township residents as part of our recycling efforts.

Click this link for more information and drop-off dates.

Public Works will process the brush into mulch which will be made available to Township residents free of charge. The mulch pile is located in front of the gate (left side).    DO NOT Drive past the gate when the site is closed as indicated by the red sign on the left gate.  Mulch may not be available at all times.  The mulch availability and the times and dates of brush recycling is subject to change at Township discretion.


Other Information

Trash Fees

Below is a list of the trash options available:

TOTER SERVICE: 96 gallon Toter which conveniently stores three 32 gallon bags is available for $60.45 + $1.50 Admin fee = $61.95 per quarter.

THREE BAG SERVICE: 3 – 32 gallon trash containers or bags is available for $48.65+ $1.50 Admin fee = $50.15 per quarter.

ADDITIONAL SPECIAL BAGS: $4.00 each – 33 gallon container.

You will be billed by Penn Waste four times year for a three month period each July, October, January and April. You may pay by cash, check or MC/VISA, Am Ex.. Any account not paid within 30 days will be assessed a late fee and possible collection proceedings. NO REFUNDS will be given to accounts turned over to collection.

To initiate service or for questions or problems you can reach Penn Waste at 767-4456 or their web site at

Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs

 How to Manage Unused Prescription Medications. Unused prescription and over-the-counter medications can be safely processed at the York County Resource Recovery Center (RRC). The RRC is a waste-to-energy facility that burns waste in enclosed, environmentally controlled combustion units. Processing medication in a waste-to-energy facility reduces it to an inert ash and helps produce green power. Medications can be managed in three ways:

Place in your regular garbage. To minimize potential impacts to human health and the environment, take medication out of its original container and mix it with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter. The medication will be less appealing to children and pets, and unrecognizable to people who may intentionally go through your trash. Put it in a sealable bag, empty can, or other container to prevent the medication from leaking or breaking out of a garbage bag. Before disposing of a medicine container, scratch out all identifying information to make it unreadable. This will help to protect your identity and the privacy of your personal health information.

Make an appointment to deliver your unused prescription medications to the RRC for FREE. York County residents (single household) may opt to deliver their unused prescription medications directly to the RRC if they do not wish to place them out with the regular garbage. There is NO FEE to dispose of unused prescription medications. Only prescription (no over-the-counter) medications are accepted in this program. Residents must call 717-845-1066 to make an appointment to deliver prescription medications to the RRC. Residents should call in advance (please allow one to two weeks’ notice) to schedule their desired disposal date. The disposal process will take approximately 20 minutes. Residents are required to complete a brief registration form and will be escorted into the RRC by an Authority representative to dispose of the medications. Medications must come from a single household. Medications collected from multiple households cannot be accepted.

Med Return Box Program. Residents interested in dropping medication at a take-back box location should remove their personal information from containers before depositing them in boxes. ONLY RESIDENTIAL medications are accepted. Accepted items include: prescriptions, prescription solid or liquid medications, prescription patches, prescription ointments, inhalers, over-the-counter medication, vitamins, samples, medications for pets. Not accepted: thermometers, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, personal care products in the form of non-prescription ointments, liquids or lotions, medications from businesses or clinics, needles (sharps), bloody or infectious waste and hazardous waste.
Sixteen police departments now participate in the Authority’s free “Med Return” Secure Box Program.   Residents may anonymously deliver unused prescription and over-the-counter medications for free to a secure Medication Return Box located at the York Area Regional Police Department, 33 Oak Street, York, PA. Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM.  Other locations are listed on the York County Solid Waste Authority website at

This partnership program, between the Authority and participating York County police departments provides a secure disposal option for unwanted medications from residential sources at no cost to the public. The secure medication take-back box, purchased by the Authority from MedReturn, works like a mailbox: once medications are deposited, they cannot be retrieved and are contained in a locked compartment accessible only by law enforcement.

 Other Tips:

  • The FDA recommends flushing certain unused medications due to safety risks. To learn more, visit:
  • Do not give your medication to anyone else or take a prescription that was not prescribed for you.
  • Place sharps (needles, syringes with needles) in a plastic container such as a detergent bottle. Cap or seal the bottle and label it “sharps” and place in the regular garbage NOT IN YOUR RECYCLE BIN.

For more information contact the York County Solid Waste Authority: 717-845-1066

Household Hazardous Waste:  York County Solid Waste Authority has two options for disposal of Household Hazardous Waste.  They offer a drop-off collection site the first Saturday in May.  They also offer an “At Your Door” program for a small fee of $15.  Visit the York County Solid Waste Authority website for more details or phone them at 717-845-1066.


Recycling Coordinator

Select the following link for contact information for the township Human Resources Director and Recycling Coordinator.

Emily Slye Human Resources Director and Recycling Coordinator 190 Oak Road Dallastown, PA 17313 B (717) 741-3861  x 126/ E-mail> Contact Recycling Coordinator (Online Form)

Residential Recycling

Recyclables must be placed in a separate bin from trash and are picked up on your regular trash day. Bins are available at the Township Administrative Office or from the Public Works Department. The first bin is free of charge.

Can be included: 

Glass – Clear, brown and green food & beverage bottles & jars only. Rinse clean, remove lids or cap, DO NOT BREAK, labels need not be removed.

Metal – aluminum beverage cans, steel food & beverage cans, empty aerosol cans, and empty paint cans.  Rinse clean, labels need not be removed.

Newspaper & Cardboard– Newspapers (clean , dry and no food contact) and all sizes of cardboard boxes, dry and flattened, no food contact.

Plastics – Plastics #1, #2 and #5 , narrow neck only accepted.  All materials must be thoroughly cleaned before placing in your bin. Examples include milk jugs, detergent bottles, and soda bottles.  Numbers are located on the bottom of the container.  Remove lids, labels need not be removed.

Paperboard Cartons – milk, juice, soup, wine, broth, cream, egg substitutes.

Can NOT be included:

No aluminum foil, pie plates, etc.

No ceramics, cookware, china, drinking glasses, cups or bowls, Tupperware, plastic tableware (knives, forks, spoons, etc)

No clothing hangers, light bulbs or light fixtures

No plastic bags or bubble wrap

No scrap metal, siding, pots & pans, wire, etc.

No window glass, plate glass or mirrors

No yard waste, etc.

No hypodermic needles (Place sharps in heavy plastic bottle, secure the lid and place in regular trash-NOT recycling)

No paper, junk mail, magazines, shredded paper, or paperboard (cereal boxes, paper towel tubes, etc.)  This must now be disposed of in the regular trash.

Grass Clippings & Other Yard Waste

You may put your grass clippings and other yard waste out for the trash, however they will count toward your trash container limit. Grass clippings cannot be included in the yard waste pick up.

Commercial Recycling

Pennsylvania State Act 101 of 1988 and York Township Ordinance 2006-12 require nonresidential establishments to recycle. Nonresidential establishments include all commercial, municipal, institutional, and community groups that do not fit into a residential category. To comply with the State and Local laws, you are required to recycle the following items:

Aluminum, steel and bimetallic cans
High-grade office paper
Corrugated paper (cardboard)
Glass (clear, brown, and green)
Leaf Waste
Plastics #1, #2 & #5, narrow neck only  (or other as designated by your commercial waste hauler)

Electronic Recycling

York Township no longer has quarterly electronics  collections at our facility.  York County Solid Waste Authority (YCSWA) will accept discarded electronics items Monday thru Friday, 8 am – 4 pm and Saturday from 8 am until 12 noon. The York County Solid Waste Authority Site is located at 2651 Blackbridge Road in Manchester Township.

Visit the York County Solid Waste Authority Website for more information.

Click here  To see a list of York County’s Electronic Recycling Collection Sites

This service is available to residents of York County

E-Cycling can include:

Material accepted in the programs includes electronic “covered devices” as well as other recyclables including cell phones, vacuum cleaners, alarm clocks, irons, coffee makers or anything with a plug that does not contain Freon.  Examples of Freon-containing items include refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and dehumidifiers.

E-Cycling can NOT include:

Wall clocks Electric razors Furniture Appliances White goods Construction/Demolition Household hazardous waste

Residential Trash and Recycling Contractor

Penn Waste is the residential trash and recycling contractor for York Township. Phone: 717-767-4456

You may use a can or plastic bag not exceeding 32 gallons in size and not weighing more than 50 pounds.

Toter service can be provided by Penn Waste. Penn Waste will only be able to service toters provided by Penn Waste. They will not be able to service OTHER HAULER’S TOTERS (Examples – Waste Management, York Waste, Store bought, etc.)

Boxes or bundles may be set out as long as they do not exceed a weight of 50 pounds or a size limit of more than 4 feet in any dimension. Please note that such a box or bundle will count toward your container limit.

You may purchase Special Bags for extra trash (see Trash Fees below). The special bags are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Penn Waste or the York Township Administrative Office.

Excess bags or containers that are not the special bags WILL NOT be collected.

For further information regarding trash pick-up please refer questions to Penn Waste at 717-767-4456 or their web site at

Trash Hauler

Yard Waste

Curbside Yard Waste Recycling

The curbside yard waste collection program is done by PENN Waste. Pickup will be the 4th Saturday of each month from March through November. Two additional pickups will be held the 2nd Saturday in April and November.  Please contact the Township or Penn Waste if you have any questions regarding collection dates or acceptable materials . Woody waste is defined as material consisting of tree limbs, bushes and brush trimmings. The yard waste material should be placed in biodegradable kraft bags, open trash containers or bundled in lengths of not more than four (4) feet long and weighing less than 50 pounds. The biodegradable kraft bags are available for purchase at the Township for $1.25 ($1.18 + $.07 tax) per bag. Please do not place yard waste in plastic bags.

Contact Recycling Coordinator


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