Make Earth Day Everyday!

Trash talking (and recycling) with Lancaster County Solid Waste Authority Leaders!


Becoming more sustainable every day is. a goal many of us share, but that goal is amplified if an organization the impact is that much greater. The Sahd Metal Crew was blessed to sit down and learn from leaders of @LcswmaOrg , an organization whose culture, values and goals align perfectly with our team. Between both of our organizations the community can virtually recycle almost any item! Karen Gross, Michelle Brown and Kelly Morris shared so much with our crew. From facts on recycling and what LCSWMA can accept to an urgent warning on how we handle batteries as our society becomes more electrified the guys learned plenty about the challenges our community faces. Battery recycling is so important to the health and safety to employees in the waste and recycling industry and to the entire community. One of the long term fixes is an adoption of @ISRI1987 ‘s Design for Recycle program…. Manufacturers need to be held responsible for the end of life issues created by their products. Karen, Michelle and Kelly also shared with the guys their passions for recycling and when that started in their lives. They discussed the passion for preserving the land in Lancaster County and the ability of LCSWMA to limit landfill usage in the county. The 51% recycling rate the county enjoys is not inexensive–the organization deploys their assets to push the rate as high as possible, in fact the entire Waste to Energy process lowers the community landfill rate by 90%! The conversation also focused on LCSWMA’s efforts to invest in land preservation in the county. Native plant preservation and landfill terrace plantings along with the various investments in Chestnut Grove Nature Preserve, Enola Low Grade trail, river and stream cleanup support and countless other initiatives is all based on the theory that the more residents enjoy nature the more effort they will make to preserve land through their trash and recycling efforts. This Dumpster Talk finished with a great set on advice for the young and advice for the more mature! This is one episode you will not want to miss!!…


Acceptable Materials

Appliances including:
  • Stoves
  • Microwaves
  • Washers and Dryers
  • Dishwashers
  • FOR A $10 FEE—Air Conditioners

End of Life Items Including:
  • Machinery (all fluids,pans and cylinders removed)
  • Farm Equipment
  • Farm Machinery
  • Lawnmowers
  • Cast Iron Patio Furniture
  • Cast Iron Outdoor Railing
  • Sheet Metal
  • Steel Wheels
  • Steel

Nonferrous Scrap:
  • Aluminum
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Aluminum Pots and Pans
  • Aluminum Siding/Gutters/Downspouts
  • Aluminum Patio Furniture
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • Aluminum Wire
  • Auto Batteries
  • Brass Fixtures/Lamps Decorative items
  • Cable, Fence and Wire
  • Christmas Lights
  • Copper
  • Copper and Brass Plumbing Pipes
  • Copper and Brass Plumbing Valves and Connectors
  • Copper Tubing
  • Copper Wire
  • Electric Motors
  • Insulated Wire
  • Radiators
  • Screen Doors/Windows (glass removed)
  • Stainless Steel

Prohibited Materials

  • Acetylene Cylinders
  • Asbestos or Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM)- applies to both fibrous and solid materials
  • Any Scrap Containing Refrigerants (CFC or HCFC) (Freezers, Refrigerators)  Air Conditioners are accepted for a $10 fee
  • Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT/tube-style computer monitors or televisions)
  • Closed Compressed Gas Cylinders – high pressure cylinders with valve intact
  • Combustible or Flammable Materials – fuels, paints, degreasers, unpunctured aerosol cans
  • Corrosive Materials – highly acidic or caustic materials (battery acid, caustic soda, etc.)
  • Explosive Materials, Munitions, Shell Casings – includes suspect military scrap
  • Free Flowing Liquids (including water)
  • Hazardous Waste – toxic or poisonous materials or wastes
  • Infectious Materials – blood-soaked or biohazard items
  • Liquids or Scrap Containing Free Flowing Liquids – fuels, antifreeze, oils, hydraulic fluid, paints
  • Mercury Containing Materials – mercury-containing thermostats, switches or fluorescent light bulbs
  • Non-Metallic Items – concrete, wood, asphalt, dirt, debris, tires (more than 5 per auto)
  • PCB-Containing Materials
  • Whole tanks uncut
  • Radioactive Scrap – anything exhibiting radiation levels above background
  • Scrap with Small Capacitors that contain 50 ppm of PCBs