Pennsylvania Household Items & Waste Management

by Bomaly Castamby

Pennsylvania waste management acts are in place to overwatch the rate at which PA takes care of the toxic waste problems that we all face. Lancaster has since created LCSWMA and has been managing waste for the city. Rethink. Recover. Renew.


Rethink, Recover, Renew, managed by the department of environmental protection Regional solid waste management programs are in place to deal with the worldwide waste issue that we all face. Regional programs provide technical support, the minimization and management of hazardous items, waste and enforce regulations. To waste issue by having everyone dispose of waste at Lancaster County solid waste management authority (LCSWMA). The Department of Environmental Protection has started creating an email distribution list to periodically alert interested parties of news and announcements of the waste programs. Other information pertaining to waste management will be regulated by the DEP and US EPA.

Statewide recycling in Pennsylvania household items started in 1988 along with waste act 101. The act established a $2 per ton fee on all waste disposed. For Pennsylvania the pollution prevention program act was created with small business and household pollution in mind. It’s called act 190 created in 1996.nonprofit agencies have come together to form the food infrastructure recovery grant (FRIG) program due to these waste acts of 301 and act 101. This was created to capture safe and wholesome foods before they become perishable.


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The department of environmental protection holds collection events and drop off programs by the county. Some programs have registration requirements and or have nominal fees associated with disposal of some types of waste. Lancaster, PA is still ongoing currently, you can contact Michelle Mathason at 717-397-9968, this is for county residents only.


Waste programs are broken down into 5 programs

  • Hazardous waste program
  • Waste minimization and planning division
  • Municipal waste and residual waste division
  • Reporting and fee collection division
  • Waste transportation safety programs


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Numerous items used in homes, dorms, hotels, restaurants, garages, and gardens are all considered household waste hazards. These hazardous items can cause serious health problems and be unsafe for most transportation for people that dump trash at their local waste management plant. 10 items per customer, per day is the amount of electronic waste allowed. As well as LCSWMA does not destroy data contained on electronic devices.


Household items Lancaster County solid waste management authority will take Items on this list:

  • Adhesives
  • Automotive fluids (maximum of five gallons)
  • Batteries (expert car batteries)
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Gasoline
  • Cleaning chemicals (Bathroom, Carwash, Lawn treatment, Household cleaners and pool treatment chemicals)
  • Mercury items
  • Paint (Rust inhibitors, sains, turpentine, thinners)
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Medical Waste
  • Iphone case
  • Cute gym water bottles
  • Shoes
  • Clothing


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There is no charge for those qualifying items. Large appliances are accepted, which are considered white goods. Ozone damaging gasses are safely recovered and the metal is recycled.


Some Household items that are not accepted in Lancaster County solid waste management authority are:

  • Kitchen electronics (Microwaves, blenders, toaster)
  • Empty paint cans
  • Empty fuel tanks
  • Solar panels
  • Gas cylinders


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LCSWMA is recognized throughout North America as a leader in solid waste management. Lancaster county solid waste management authority operates an integrated solid waste system which is primarily serving Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The system handles 575,000 tons of waste per year.


Here is a list of a few of the companies’ numbers from 2008 to now:

  • 2,200 tons per day transfer station
  • A drive through household hazardous waste facility
  • 36 megawatt, 1200 tons per day mass burn waste to energy facility
  • 2,000 tons per day engineered landfill

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The location of Lancaster County solid waste management authority is 1299 Harrisburg pike, Lancaster, PA, 17603. Open from 7am to 4pm Monday through Friday and 8am to 12pm on Saturday.


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