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Penn Waste Disposal provides curbside collection of trash, recycling, bulk items, and yard waste.  The following are some general guidelines: an unlimited number of trash bags are collected one (1) time per week, Monday through Friday, Please click here for the Township Collection Map.  When placing a large item, or a large quantity of refuse for pickup (10-bags or more), please call Penn Waste at (717) 767-4456 in advance so they may make the necessary adjustments for staffing and the pickup schedule.  Trash and recycling may not be placed curbside more than 24-hours prior to the regularly scheduled pickup day, and trash and recycling containers must be removed from the curbside after the waste hauler picks up.  Please click here for the Township Code on Collection Practices.

Holidays: for the holidays listed below collection is delayed by one (1) day.  When a  holiday occurs on a Monday, collection is then held Tuesday through Saturday.  When a holiday falls on any other day of the week the collection for that day and the remainder of the week is delayed by one (1) day.  If the holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, trash collection will run on the normally scheduled collection day.  Residents should call (717) 975-7575 x 1014 to discuss any concerns or questions about the trash pickup service.

Please click here for the 2023 Collection Calendar.

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Lower Allen Township is a mandated community, according to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and must recycle.  Small businesses in the Township who contract for their own trash removal may be eligible for residential rates and curbside recycling.  If your business disposes of 5 or less 40-gallon containers of trash per week, your business may be eligible to save money.  Call (717) 975-7575 x 1014, for more information.


Recycle Service Day: One (1) time per week on the same day as trash. Recycling totes are provided through Penn Waste, if you do not have one at your residence please call Penn Waste at (717) 767-4456 to make arrangements to have one delivered.

Acceptable Items:

Cans, both aluminum and steel, plastic bottles and jugs 1, 2, & 5, newspaper (clean and dry without food contact), glass both bottles and jars, cardboard (dry and flat without food contact), and cartons.

Non-Acceptable Items:

Window or auto glass, drinking glasses, mirrors, light bulbs, ceramic, porcelain, microwave trays, glass cookware/bake-ware, unnumbered plastic items, plastic bags, salad/deli containers, plastic food tubs, household items such as cooking pots, toasters, etc., batteries, cardboard/paper with wax coatings or liners, scrap metal, siding, rocks, stones, sod, grass clippings, stumps, tree branches larger than 3-inches in diameter and 4-feet in length, woody-waste placed in plastic bags, construction material, dry wall, lumber, dirt, etc.

Bulk/Large Items

Residents MUST call Penn Waste Disposal at (717) 767-4456 in advance for curbside collection of  any items containing Freon, a large item, or large amounts of refuse out for pickup (10-bags or more).  Drop off containers are located at the Public Works building on South St. Johns Rd. for bulk or metal items.

Yard Waste

Curbside Yard Waste collection occurs 1 time per week on the same day as trash from April through November.  Yard Waste bins can be picked up at the Municipal Services Center.  The first bin is free with additional bins or replacements costing $13.   Acceptable Yard Waste is the following: branches and tree limbs not exceeding 4-inches in diameter, 3-feet in length, and 45 lbs. Woody-waste is required to be bundled by rope or twine.  Bush trimmings and tree stumps must be under 14-inches in diameter. Grass Clippings cannot be recycled.

Commercial, Institutional and Municipal Establishments

Commercial, institutional and municipal establishments shall separate and store recyclable materials until collection. Recyclable materials for commercial, institutional and municipal establishments are high-grade office paper, aluminum cans, glass food and beverage containers (clear and colored) and corrugated paper. These establishments shall arrange for the transfer of recyclable materials to a recycling system, and, if the system is separate from that used by or on behalf of the Township for residential dwellings, the Township licensee shall provide annual reports as hereinafter set forth to the Township as evidence of such arrangement and documentation of the total number of tons recycled. The application for a license to be a Township licensee shall constitute a written agreement evidenced by the signature of the applicant and the issuance of the license by the Township whereby the Township licensees specifically agrees to provide an annual report on or before the 10th day of January of each calendar year which shall state the quantities and types of waste material processed during the preceding calendar year, particularly the recyclables collected in the Township, the nature and extent of the processing, the type and quantity (weight) of source-separated recyclable materials, the place, nature and terms of marketing recyclable materials supported by actual records documenting the quantity of such marketing, i.e., the weight slips, receipts from each market verifying quantities, etc., which agreement shall provide that the Township may recognize appropriate recyclables processed by the Township licensee originating in the Township in any application for performance grants from superior governmental agencies and specifically waiving any claim against or for any grants. If such information is regarded as confidential and the Township licensee demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Township Manager that such information is entitled to protection, such information shall not be available for inspection by the public but shall be made available upon request to governmental agencies for uses related to this.

Electronic Recycling

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) advises consumers and businesses about new rules that went into effect at the beginning of 2013 for recycling electronic devices. The Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act that was enacted in 2010 prohibits consumers from disposing of covered electronic devices with their trash. This includes computers, laptops, monitors, and televisions. The law stipulates that waste haulers are not to pick up these devices unless the city being serviced has a curbside collection program for the equipment. Another part of the law is the requirement that manufacturers of the electronics need to provide for the collection, transportation and recycling of these devices by establishing one-day collection events, permanent collection programs, or mail-back programs. Consumers can find more information on registered manufacturers and where to recycle devices at www.dep.state.pa.us.

Cumberland County has a vast resource network concerning recycling and waste disposal.  Below are a few useful links to their website.

CCPA Recycling and Waste Disposal Main Page