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Residential Recycling

According to the Lebanon City Ordinance Section 32C Article 930, recycling is mandatory within the City limits.  In 1988 the Pennsylvania Legislature passed Act 101, which requires municipalities with populations of 10,000 or higher to provide curbside and residential recycling. Failure to comply with the City Ordinance could result in a fine.   

If you are in need of a recycling container please call the City Recycling Coordinator at 717-639-2800 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (Please be advised recycling containers are not to be used as trash cans.)          

Who Should participate?

Everyone who lives or does business within the City of Lebanon.  It's up to all of us to keep our community clean.


  • Landlords are responsible to provide recycling and trash removal services for their properties.
  • A suitable amount of trash containers with lids and properly marked recycling containers are required.
  • Landlords shall require by clause in each lease or other enforceable rule or regulation that tenants recycle.
  • A convenient and practical trash and recycling area should be established so that tenants can properly place materials for pick up by the waste hauler.
  • Removal of all trash and recycling is to be done by a licensed waste hauler.  (A list of waste haulers can be obtained in the Department of Public Works)
  • Removal of recycling shall occur no less then biweekly.
  • Each tenant is to be given instruction on recycling and trash removal. If needed the City can provide recycling guides in both English and Spanish.

Why be Concerned?

Due to the rapid rise of waste materials there is an imminent need to recycle.  In a lifetime the average American will throw away 600 times his or her adult weight in garbage. This means that each adult will leave a legacy of approximately 90,000 lbs. of garbage.  This figure can be drastically reduced through recycling and by making informed choices when purchasing recycled products with reduced packaging.  By recycling we help the future of our environment and save valuable landfill space.

The City of Lebanon Recycling Booklet, a complete listing of recycling instructions (services can be downloaded) is available in our "Documents" section of the site.  This publication is also available at the Municipal Building, Public Works Department. 

If you have any questions about the City’s recycling program, please contact the Recycling Coordinator, Department of Public Works, at (717) 639-2800.

Mandatory materials for residential recycling are as follows:

  • Steel, bimetal and aluminum cans
  • Clear, brown and green glass bottles
  • Newspaper
  • Plastic # 1 and #2

Contact your contracted waste hauler to find out what recyclables they take and when.  All acceptable recycling items can be deposited at the City's drop-off center (see location & times on the main recycling webpage).  The following items are recyclable: 

  • Glass - clear, brown and green only  - food/drink bottles and jars - rinse and remove lids 
  • Plastic  #1 and #2 only - beverage bottles, detergent bottles, etc. - rinse and remove lids 
  • Aluminum  - beverage cans only 
  • Bi-metallic cans - food cans only - rinse, remove lid & place inside can 
  • Newspapers* - including inserts - should be tied with twine or placed in brown paper bags.
  • Office paper - non-glossy paper including junk mail and copy paper
  • Magazines - printed on glossy or chemically treated papers
  • Cardboard - corrugated cardboard boxes and containers - flatten; no staples or acrylic straps
  • Telephone books - special bins are available at the drop off center when new issues are printed

All recyclable materials are to be clean, contained, and free of contamination.  This includes cardboard, paper and other items that have come in contact with food or other contaminants.  FREE recycling containers can be obtained at the City of Lebanon Highway Garage located at 10th and Oak Streets.   

STOP!!!   The following items are not recyclable: 

  • Glass - plate glass, crystal, tableware, cookware, light bulbs  
  • Plastic - bags, tubs, oil bottles and food wrappers 
  • Aluminum - pie plates, foil, home siding and lawn furniture  
  • Paper - metallic wrapping paper, Tyvek envelopes, tissues, tissue paper, napkins, paper towels, wax paper, paper plates 
  • Metals - aerosol cans, paint cans, ovenware (pots & pans) 
  • Books - hardcover or softcover 
  • Styrofoam 
  • Refuse - any items that are considered household trash (including all consumables)

You may have heard about some changes in the recycling industry. China has stopped accepting America’s single stream recycling. Anywhere from 60-80% of Americas single stream recycling had been purchased by China. This has left a huge gap in the recycling industry. As states and municipalities are looking at other outlets for single stream recyclables, we ask that residents help by keeping only clean, acceptable recyclables in the recycling stream. Here’s how you can help!

Recycling curbside with your trash hauler – Curbside recycling is required in the City of Lebanon and can be arranged through your licensed waste hauler.  If needed, curbside recycling containers can be acquired free of charge from the City of Lebanon Highway Garage.  These containers are to be used solely for the purpose of holding recyclable materials.  Please do not place trash in them.

Please contact your trash hauler for their recycling collection dates.

Recycling at the City Drop off Center – The City of Lebanon places a high priority on reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills and operates a Recycling Drop Off Center at 14th and Lehman Streets to collect items that are not collected curbside and a drop off if you desire to recycle more frequently than your curbside pick-up. 

The Recycling Center is available for use by residents of the City and County of Lebanon. 

*** Please do not leave unattended bags by the gate during off hours.***

Hours of Operation (November 1- February 28)

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday- CLOSED

Wednesday - 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 

Thursday - 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Friday - 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Saturday - 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Hours of Operation (March 1-October 31)

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday- CLOSED

Wednesday - 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 

Thursday - 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m.

Friday - 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday - 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Why Clean Recyclables?

Much of the issue with the recycling industry is an abundance of recyclables with remnants of their contents still in containers. Another issue is that non-recyclable materials are being placed in the recycling stream, contaminating the entire load of recyclables.  Companies that buy recyclables do not want to purchase recyclables that will cost more to clean out, than they will make in recycling them.

This is why the City is emphasizing the need to thoroughly clean each item placed in the recycling stream, remove lids and to make sure you are recycling the right things. If you are not sure or have questions about recycling in the City, please call the City Recycling Coordinator at (717) 639-2800 or contact the Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority at (717) 867-5790.  Thank you for your continued recycling efforts!

Yard Waste Drop Off Center – The City of Lebanon saves landfill space by accepting yard waste materials which would be converted to compost.  Compost is the decomposition of organic materials.  The Yard Waste Drop Off Center is located at 893 N. 8th Street.  The hours are as follows:

Hours Of Operation:

March through October - 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. daily 

November through February - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily 

This service is available to all Lebanon City residents and property owners.

 The following materials are accepted: 

  • Tree & hedge trimmings

  • Branches and tree limbs (must not exceed 3" in diameter and must be cut to no more than 6 feet in length)

  • Unbagged leaves

The following rules apply:

  • ABSOLUTELY NO grass.

  • No materials are to be deposited outside the fenced in area. All items to be dropped off should be placed at the specified area. 

  • NO items are to be placed in the sweeper debris roll off container.

  • Only organic materials are to be deposited at the center. 

  • Please do not sweep trash from your truck bed into the yard waste or leaf piles.

The facility is monitored with a camera surveillance system and violators will be prosecuted.  

An access card is required to enter the facility.  The initial fee for a yearly residential access card is $40.00.  The annual renewal fee is $35.00.  The annual fee for an access card for commercial use (including landscapers is $500.00 (one card per account).  Card sharing is NOT permitted.    There is a $25.00 fee for replacement of misplaced or lost cards. 

For more information please call the Department of Public Works at 717-639-2800.

Commercial Recycling

Pennsylvania's Act 101 and other state laws, effective September 1990, require that all commercial establishments recycle. Fines for not recycling can reach $1,000 per day and per occurrence. It is mandatory for commercial establishments to contract for recycling services when contracting for waste removal. Recyclable materials must be separated from municipal solid waste generated at commercial, institutional and municipal establishments located within the City of Lebanon. 

Materials to be separated include at minimum the following: 

  • MIXED OFFICE PAPER (see the paper recycling guide below)
    (This requirement does not apply to materials coming into contact with infectious waste.)

Starting (and continuing!) your commercial recycling program:

  • Evaluate your waste. Determine what recyclable items you use and the quantity of those items. You may want to designate an employee as a recycling coordinator for your office. 
  • Contact your waste hauler. Contact your contracted hauler to set up a recycling schedule and designated area. 
  • Keep it simple. Clearly label all containers and place them where they can be easily accessed by everyone
  • Take pride in doing it.  Set an example. Make sure that materials end up in the proper designated bins.
  • Be environmentally aware.  Look for ways to reduce waste and increase recycling.  Consider buying recycled items and items with environmentally friendly and reduced packaging.  Recycle non-required items to the best of your abilities.  Be creative.
  • Help your community.  Recycling puts money back into our community by way of grant money and this increases the benefits to both our City and our enviornment. 

City of Lebanon Commercial Waste Paper Recycling Guide

Office paper consists of these materials: 

  • Copier paper
  • Computer paper
  • Office envelopes   (excluding yellow or brown)
  • Window envelopes
  • Post It notes
  • Ledger paper
  • Colored paper
  • Shredded paper        

Items that are NOT acceptable in a recycling container:

  • Food and food wrappers
  • Carbon paper
  • Napkins and paper towels
  • Paper cups and paper plates
  • Padded envelopes
  • Tablet backs and bindings
  • Tissues
  • Wax coated paper
  • Glossy paper

Make sure paper recycling containers are clearly marked for recycling.

Please direct any questions to the City of Lebanon Recycling Coordinator at (717) 639-2800 or to the Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority at (717) 867-5790. 

Additional Recycling Information

Leaf Pick-up – Each fall the City of Lebanon picks up leaves curbside from mid/late October to early December.  Exact dates will be published via public service announcements, City newsletters and the city website.   Residents are requested to abide by the following guidelines for leaf collection: 

  • Leaves shall be placed curbside one foot from curb line so as to not hinder stormwater run-off.
  • Vehicles should park at least 10 feet from leaf piles.  Leaves under vehicles will not be removed and could cause a fire hazard.
  • Do not mix branches, grass, ornamental grass, garbage, bricks or concrete block in with the leaves.
  • Do not bag leaves.
  • Only place leaves in the street just prior to your scheduled collection day.  Crews will do their best to adhere to the posted schedule, however, the volume of leaves, weather and equipment failure may cause a delay.   
  • Do not place leaves out after the end of the fall leaf pickup season.  Placement of leaves in the streets after the last scheduled pickup date results in unsightly streetscapes, and with the onset of winter and snowfall, create very difficult conditions.  Additionally, in mid-December focus is shifted to ready equipment for snow and ice removal operations.  
  • However, residents may continue to take leaves to the City's yard waste facility after the last leaf pickup. 
  • Questions regarding leaf pick up should be directed to the Department of Public Works at 717-639-2800. 

Yard Waste Pick-Up – In the spring and fall of each year, generally in April and in October, the City will collect yard waste curbside.  Exact dates will be published via public service announcements, City newsletters and our web site. While we ask that residents have their yard waste placed curbside by the first day of collection, city crews will be working the entire week collecting yard waste.  Once an area is cleaned, no additional materials may be placed curbside for collection. 

  • Yard waste materials must be placed in the street, 1 foot from the curb for collection. Vehicles must be parked at least 10 feet from the yard waste piles to allow room for city equipment to maneuver while cleaning up the yard waste. Branches longer than 6 feet in length cannot be accepted. Please do not block the storm sewers when placing items curbside for collection.
  • Do not place materials curbside until the weekend prior to collection. In case of rain, this will help prevent the chance of materials being washed into the catch basins and clogging the storm sewers. Do not place materials curbside after our crew has passed your street. Our crew will make one pass by each street.
  • Collection will include hedge trimmings, branches and garden residue. (Lawn grass, ornamental grass and non-organic materials will not be picked up.  Please do not place bricks, pavers and other similar items in the piles.  Crews cannot see those items under the piles and the items could damage city equipment.

City residents unable to participate in curbside collection may purchase an access card for the City of Lebanon Yard Waste Recycling Facility located at 893 N. 8th Street.   The initial fee for a yearly residential access card is $40.00.  The annual renewal fee is $35.00.  The annual fee for an access card for commercial use (including landscapers) is $500.00 (one card per account).  Card sharing is NOT permitted.    There is a $25.00 fee for replacement of misplaced or lost cards. 

For more information please call the Department of Public Works at 717-639-2800.

Bulk Waste Drop-Off – In the fall, generally around September of each year, the City may schedule a specific quadrant of the City for a Neighborhood Clean-Up Program.  This program affords citizens the opportunity to discard bulk items that may present a sanitation and/or fire hazard. Residents are responsible to deposit acceptable materials in roll-off containers that will be placed within the City of Lebanon Yard Waste Drop off Center, located at 893 North 8th Street. 

The facility normally will be open during the hours of  11AM and 6PM during the project. 

  • Resident must provide proof that they live within the area designated for clean up purposes, i.e. driver’s license. 
  • Residents are not to put items curbside before or after the designated dates of the clean up. Items placed curbside after the scheduled clean up or outside the designated clean up area will not be picked up and residents will receive a fine for illegal dumping.
  • Residents are only to put items curbside if they are unable to transport materials to drop off location.
    We only accept car tires, no oversized tires. 

The following items will NOT be accepted:

  • Electronics – The GLRA has a free electronics drop off center. For more information call 717-867-5790.
  • Pesticides, Herbicides and Insecticides (Household Hazardous Waste – 1-800-449-7587).
  • Paint in liquid form (remove lids and dry out or mix with absorbent such as cat litter or sand).
  • Household garbage, food waste and clothing
  • Items generally placed out for disposal on a weekly basis
  • Recyclable items – Take all recyclable items to the City recycling center located in the vicinity of 14th and Lehman Streets.
  • Cardboard 
  • Commercial tires
  • White goods (refer to Household Hazardous Waste below)

Fluorescent Light Bulbs – Fluorescent light bulbs are considered hazardous waste. The GLRA accepts a maximum of ten bulbs. Residents can purchase a kit for the disposal of florescent light bulbs at https://lamprecycling.veoliaes.com/store

B.O.A.T. Recyclers  (B =  Batteries   O =  Motor Oil   A = Antifreeze   T = Tires) – The following is a list of local “B.O.A.T.” recyclers within and near the City of Lebanon.  On average there is a $2.00 per tire charge associated with tires.  Batteries and oil are generally taken free of charge.

Advanced Auto Parts  (B, O, A)

801 Bowman Street


Advanced Auto Parts (B & O)

1450 Cumberland Street


Auto Zone  (B & O)

2515 Cumberland Street


Auto Zone  (B & O)

101 N. 11th Avenue


Bambergers Inc.  (B, O, A, T)

122 Schneider Drive


Battery Warehouse  (B)

1307 Cumberland Street


Blouch's Mobile  (O) 

1730 North Highway 72


Campbell’s Service Center (B,A,T)

157 N. 9th Street     


Curt's Auto Service  (B & O)

847 Cornwall Road


CSR - Brandywine  (B)

328 North 14th Street


Firestone Tire & Service  (B, O, A, T)

1143 Quentin Road


Fox's Transport  (T)

350 N. 18th Street


Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority  (T)

1610 Russell Road


H.A. Boyd  (B, O, A)

1250 Chestnut Street


Lasher's Garage  (B, O, T)

812 Horseshoe Pike


Lebanon Auto Clinic  (B, O, T)

421 E. Walton Street


Leffler’s Service (B,O,A,T)

640 N. 9th Street


Leiss' Garage  (B, O, A, T)

1834 Lehman Street


Market Square Service Station (B, A, T)

31 N. 9th Street


Monroe Muffler & Brake  (B, A, T)

1800 West Cumberland Street


Simon S. Kettering & Sons  (B & T)

1599 Cumberland Street


Shultz Refinishing  (O) 

254 S. 12th St.


Snyder's Service  (B, O, A, T)

909 N. 7th Street


Tim Wolfe's Automotive (B,O,A,T)

1358 Cumberland Street


Zimmerman's Automotive  (B, O, A, T)

564 Horseshoe Pike 


Source Reduction Tips – Source reduction is the practice of reducing the amount of trash you produce. 

  • Buy products that are reusable, refillable or concentrated.
  • Avoid products that are double packed.
  • Use a sponge in place of paper towels.
  • Donate usable unwanted materials to charity.
  • Reuse plastic bags and containers.  
  • Buy products made from recycled materials. 

For additional information on the benefits of recycling, call the PA Recycling Hotline 1-800-346-4242 or go to DEP's Recycling homepage at www.dep.state.pa.us and click on "Waste."

Household Hazardous Waste – This includes paint, car batteries, used oil, poisons, spray cans, and more. To arrange pick up of these materials, call the HHW Hotline, 1-800-742-5542, Ext. 123, or visit www.mxiinc.com/lebanon to arrange for an "at your door" collection. There is a $15.00 fee associated with this program and due to program funding, each household is limited to one per year. 

Electronic waste can be dropped off at the Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority Electronics Facility, 1610 Russell Road.  Further information can be obtained by logging on to the Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority’s website, www.goglra.org. or by calling 867-5790.

Major appliances, such as refrigerators, freezers, stoves, washers, dryers, etc., can be taken to CSR-Brandywine Recyclers (328 N. 14th Street), Royal Green (620 N. Lincoln Avenue - entrance off of Lehman Street on N. 2nd Avenue) and Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority.  The facilities may pay you for the scrap value of the appliance less the refrigerant removal cost or charge a disposal fee depending on the metal markets.

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