Washington Township - 1779
Township CodeCalendar

13013 Welty Rd, Waynesboro, PA 17268

Phone: (717) 762-3128

Fax: (717) 762-1775

Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm



(717) 762-4413   12721 Buchanan Trail East, Waynesboro, PA 17268

Please see the NEW Traffic Pattern Map below

2015-10 RC & TS Traffic Pattern Map

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Saturday  8:00 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.


The Washington Township Recycling Center is changing to SINGLE STREAM RECYCLING.
Effective Saturday, October 24th, all residential recyclable items will be dropped at the Transfer Station as follows:

Place your recyclable items in one of the YELLOW DUMPSTERS located on the right side of the line to the scales as you wait to enter the scales.  If you are not planning to enter the scales you may exit to the right and go around the steel drop area and exit the station.  There is still no charge for the recycling service.  Please see the list of accepted recyclable item.

Click here for the 2016 Single Stream Recycling Information Sheet!


Magazines and Phone Books (Catalogs and soft cover books)

Newspaper (Inserts and brochures)

File Folders and Office Paper (All Colors)

Mail and Greeting Cards (Junk mail and envelopes)

Corrugated Cardboard (Boxes, Paper bags and beverage holders)

Paperboard Boxes (Cereal, pasta and tissue)

Paper Cartons (Milk, juice and egg)

Plastic Containers (#1 through #7)

Metal Cans (Aluminum, tin and foil)

Glass Bottles (Food and beverage)

NOT ACCEPTED – Plastic bags, window glass, mirrors, light bulbs, dishes, Pyrex, ceramics, paper towels, Styrofoam, PVC, recyclables containing food waste, paint, oil, hazardous materials, needles, syringes, VCR tapes, CDs/DVDs, scrap metal, pots or pans.


As we have previously been advised by DEP, the proper way to dispose of paint is as follows:

First, and foremost, if it is still USABLE, use it up or give it to someone who can – such as Habitat for Humanity. If the paint is old and cannot be used:

  • LATEX PAINT – remove lid and let contents dry out, the dried out material is then safe to be disposed of in the regular trash.
  • OIL-BASED PAINT –  remove lid, add clumping style cat litter to absorb and dry up the paint, the dried out material is then safe to be disposed of in the regular trash. 

Please contact the Franklin County Planning Commission with any additional questions.
Administrative Annex   |   218 North Second Street   |   Chambersburg, PA  17201
Phone: (717) 261-3855  |  Fax: (717) 264-8667

Why Recycle? 

Washington Township, by ordinance, requires residents and businesses located in the Township to recycle.

Recyclable items include metal cans (aluminum, tin and foil), glass bottles (food and beverage), plastic containers (#1 through #7), newspaper (inserts and brochures), magazines and phone books (catalogs and soft cover books), file folders and office paper (all colors), corrugated cardboard (boxes, paper bags and beverage holders), and paperboard boxes (cereal, pasta and tissue), paper cartons (milk, juice and egg), 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.

Residential Recycling:
    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.

Business Recycling:
     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.


Recycling Containers: 

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.  

Recycling Facility:
    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 through #7), 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, car batteries and electronics are also accepted and recycled. There is no fee to dispose of these 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.

Recycling Guidelines:

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: window glass, light bulbs, glassware, drinking glasses, household batteries, Styrofoam, food items, plastic bags, 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: 
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Bag leaves and find a friend or farmer to take the leaves for their garden
    4. Ask the neighbor if he/she has a garden and if they would like the leaves for their garden or flowerbeds.
    5. 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.

Contact Diane Saltzman, Washington Township Transfer Station Administrator, at 762-4413 for any questions concerning recycling.

We DO NOT Recycle the following items: 

Lamps, Hair dryers, Fluorescent Lighting, Incandescent, Halogen, Mercury Vapor or HIDS
CD’s, DVD’s, Floppy Disks, Magnetic Tapes (VHS, Cassettes, DAT, LTO, etc)
Household Batteries: Lithium Ion, NiCAD, NiHM, Alkaline
Home Thermostats (containing Mercury)

Click here to view the Washington Township 2014 Year End Recycling Report