What to do with Special Waste
One key to LCSWMA's success in managing Lancaster County's waste in an environmentally responsible manner lies with you. We need your help in managing "special wastes" in ways that will not harm disposal facilities or the environment. Because if you understand what special wastes are, and how they should be handled, you are doing your part to protect the environment and our precious resources.
Large Appliances & Tires
LCSWMA accepts and recycles large appliances (white goods) and tires for a nominal fee. Ozone damaging gases are safely recovered and the metal is salvaged.
Construction / Demolition Waste
If you have home projects that generate a large amount of construction/demolition waste, you can make special arrangements with your trash hauler to pick up the waste, or deliver to any of LCSWMA's three facility locations for a nominal fee.
All asbestos waste must be delivered directly to the Frey Farm Landfill for a fee. The crumbled (friable) type must be wetted and doubled bagged prior to delivery.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises residents to first take advantage of any local drug take-back programs available to the public. Contact your local municipal office to learn about resources available in your area or utilize one of the links to learn more:
If no disposal instructions are given on the prescription drug label and no take-back program is available in your area, throw the drugs in the household trash following these steps:
1. Remove them from their original containers and mix them with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter (this makes the drug less appealing to children and pets, and unrecognizable to people who may intentionally go through the trash seeking drugs).
2. Place the mixture in a sealable bag, empty can, or other container to prevent the drug from leaking or breaking out of a garbage bag.
In-Home Medical Waste
For safe disposal of sharps (needles), contact LCSWMA for a free Safe Clip™, a portable device that clips and stores up to 1500 needles. Safe Clips™ are also available at most pharmacies for purchase. Once full, the device may be placed in your regular trash.
In-home medical waste may be disposed of as regular trash. For large volumes of medical waste or waste materials generated at doctors' offices, health care facilities, medical research facilities or laboratories, contact the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) for proper medical waste handling instructions.
Waste with Mercury
Fluorescent bulbs, including Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs), thermostats and glass thermometers all contain mercury. Mercury is a toxic substance that LCSWMA wants to remove from the waste stream. You can bring in any of the above items to LCSWMA's Household Hazardous Waste Facility and receive a free digital thermometer in exchange as a thank you.