Location: 12725 Buchanan Trail East, Waynesboro, PA 17268
Phone: (717) 765-6577
Hours of Operation: The Recycling Center is open each week Monday through Saturday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. Summer hours vary from year to year, so check with the township office or the Transfer Station/Recycle Center for specific times.
The Recycling Center is closed all day for New Year’s Day,Memorial, Independence, Labor, Thanksgiving, Christmas closure will be December 25th (closed all day). Recycle Center will be open regular hours December 26th, and New Year’s Eve, December 31st.
NEW for 2013 - FREE Electronics Recycling at the Transfer Station.
The photographs below show a single Saturday’s drop-off of electronics at the Transfer Station/Recycle Center and are a good sampling of the type of electronics collected.
Click here for the List of Accepted Items.
Washington Township, by ordinance, requires residents and businesses located in the Township to recycle.
Recyclable items include cans, glass, plastic bottles (#1 and #2), newspaper, cardboard (corrugated), leaves and brush.
The largest benefit of recycling is the overall reduction of refuse going to the landfills. If everyone recycled, the amount of waste going to our landfills would be drastically reduced, thereby reducing the need for more landfills or landfill expansions. Also, in theory, it would lower our cost because new landfill construction costs would not be passed on to the consumer.
The refuse haulers in Franklin County provide recycling as part of their regular service to you. If you have curbside pick-up, you are paying for recycling whether you use it or not. So why not use it?
Every two weeks, put your cans, glass, plastic bottles (#1 and #2) and newspaper out at the curb. Your hauler can provide a schedule of recycling pick-up dates if needed.
Your haulers will provide a separate container for cardboard In addition, office- paper, lunch room cans, glass bottles, plastic bottles and newspaper should be recycled.
Most businesses have other materials that could be recycled outside of the required items. Do an inventory and determine what else could be recycled at your business. In the long run, you may save money for your company by recycling or perhaps even generate an additional revenue source.
For $14, Washington Township residents can obtain a recycling can at the township office at 13013 Welty Road. Stop by during regular working hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Residents of other municipalities should call your municipal office and ask if they have containers available.
If a container is not available, contact your hauler and ask what container is acceptable for pickup and buy one at any retail outlet.
The Washington Township Recycling Center, located at 12725 Buchanan Trail East (Route 16, just east of Red Run Park) is available to all residents, non-residents and businesses in the area.
Cans, glass bottles, plastic bottles (#1 and #2), newspaper and cardboard can be recycled at the center at no charge.
The Washington Township Transfer Station, 12721 Buchanan Trail East, accepts tires, leaves and brush, and appliances for a fee. These items are then recycled.
Scrap metal and car batteries are also accepted and recycled. There is no fee to dispose of these two items.
Both facilities are open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
You do not have to be a township resident to use these facilities. They are available to everyone. Recycling at our facility is free of charge to the general public.
The recycling workers at the center would like to request your cooperation with the materials being recycled by following these guidelines.
- Please take the lids off of all bottles, both glass and plastic, especially soda bottles.
- Rinse out cans and bottles before recycling
- Empty cans and bottles of leftover liquids and solids.
- Newspaper is recycled for use as paper again, insulation or animal bedding. In all three cases, dry newspaper is required. Please keep newspaper as dry as possible.
- Tying newspaper with string, wire or rope is not necessary. We would prefer that you just place your newspaper in a brown paper grocery bag. The bag is recycled right along with the newspapers.
- Magazines are currently being recycled at the Washington Township facility on a limited basis. Household magazines should be placed with your newspapers or placed separately at the recycling center. Large truckloads of magazines cannot be accepted at this time.
- Syringes are NOT recyclable, even though they are made of plastic.
- The following items are NOT being recycled and should be placed with the trash: aluminum foil, aluminum pie pans, window glass, light bulbs, glassware, drinking glasses, cereal boxes, beer and soda boxes, household batteries, styrofoam, food items, plastic bags, margarine tubs, plant tubs, waxed milk cartons, candles, and hard-back books.
- Leaf Recycling – BURNING NOT PERMITTED: Just a reminder that you may not burn leaves in Washington Township. All leaves must be recycled and as a result, we offer the following alternate methods for you to dispose of your leaves:
- Bag leaves in plastic bags or place them in the back of a truck as you have done for years and dispose of these leaves free of charge at the Washington Township Transfer Station located at 12721 Buchanan Trail East. The station is open Monday through Saturday 8 am to 4:15 pm. This is still the best and most efficient option if you cannot mow or mulch the leaves back into your lawn.
- Mulch your leaves on your property using a mulch mower or other equipment. You can then use the mulch in your flowerbeds or garden to improve your soil quality.
- Bag leaves and find a friend or farmer to take the leaves for their garden
- Ask the neighbor if he/she has a garden and if they would like the leaves for their garden or flowerbeds.
- Finally, if all the above options are not possible, buy biodegradable bags at a home improvement store, place the leaves in the bags, place the bags at the edge of the street, and call the Township office at (717) 762-3128. We will pick up the leaves and take them to the Township’s composting facility.
NOTE: Leaves must be in biodegradable bags.
The Recycling Center is operated and maintained for the benefit of our Washington Township residents. Your comments on recycling and web site additional information are appreciated.
The list of recyclable items contains the materials accepted by both the Transfer Station and the Recycle Center. Some are free of charge, some are not.
Contact Sherry Deibert, Washington Township Recycling Coordinator, at 765-6577 for any questions concerning materials recycling.
Click here for the 2014 Recycle Center Rates.
We DO NOT Recycle the following items - (there will be a charge to accept these items):
Lamps, Fluorescent Lighting, Incandescent, Halogen, Mercury Vapor or HIDS
CD’s, DVD’s, Floppy Disks, Magnetic Tapes (VHS, Cassettes, DAT, LTO, etc)
Freon-Containing Appliances (Small A/C Units, Dehumidifiers)
Household Batteries: Lithium Ion, NiCAD, NiHM, Alkaline
Home Thermostats (containing Mercury)