Covid-19 Waste-Related Updates and Tips

6/4/20

Need to dispose of prescription medications? If you have prescription medications and are unable to dispose of them at one of our secure Medication Take Back Boxes located in York County police department lobbies, you can dispose of them in your regular trash. If you are unsure whether or not you can take your medications to a Medication Take Back Box near you, please call your police station to find out if they are open for medication deliveries during the pandemic. 

Follow these guidelines when disposing of medications with your regular trash to ensure that the medications do not fall into the wrong hands or the mouths of pets:

  • Take medication out of its original container and mix it with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter. The medication will be less appealing to children and pets, and less rec­ognizable to people who may intentionally go through your trash.
  • Put the medication in a sealable container such as an empty detergent bottle or other secure container to prevent the medication from leaking or breaking out of a garbage bag. 

There has been an increase in drug overdoses in York County over the past few months as people have been staying at home due to the pandemic. If you or a loved one are struggling with dependency, help is available. Please visit https://yorkcountypa.gov/county-human-services/drug-alcohol-services.html.

For more information on the disposal of medical waste, visit https://www.ycswa.com/medication/.

 

5/29/20

Most of York County’s trash is turned into electricity! That is the message students are learning from the Authority’s waste-to-energy video. Several teachers have used this video for remote learning assignments and we couldn’t be happier that their students are getting the opportunity to learn about how we responsibly manage trash in York County.

#wastetoenergy

#keepyorkcountysafeandclean

5/21/20

We were thrilled to receive sweet videos created by students at Paradise Elementary. Their teacher used our waste-to-energy video as a teaching tool during this time of remote learning. Enjoy these videos and feel free to visit our YouTube Channel to take in our waste-to-energy video for yourself. You might learn something new about how we manage trash disposal in York County.

Click here to view the Paradise Elementary video.

Click her to view the Authority’s waste-to-energy tour video.

#wastetoenergy

#garbageispower

5/19/20

Graduation season is upon us! And, even though ceremonies will look different this year, nothing can take away the sense of accomplishment felt by graduating students or the feeling of pride that beams from family and friends. CONGRATULATIONS to these seniors who are dear to our hearts:

Jared Beuschlein-Washington State University: son of Jon Beuschlein, Permits Safety Coordinator

Reese Deibler-Lancaster Mennonite High School: stepson of Jeff Kozlowski, Solid Waste Engineer

Tommy Gradwell-Northeastern High School: son of Tom Gradwell, Waste Monitoring Specialist

Paige Hoheneder-Fairleigh Dickenson University: granddaughter of the late Joe Hoheneder, board member

Sophia Myers- 21st Century Charter School: granddaughter of the late Joe Hoheneder, board member

Trevin Tatcher-York Suburban High School: grandson of Dotty Jones, Executive Secretary

Keith White-Central York High School: son of Mindy Waltemyer, Recycling Coordinator

5/18/20

Facilitating a safe and clean York County is part of our mission. Our Weighmasters at the Scalehouse help to facilitate these efforts each day for residents and trash haulers who visit the York County Resource Recovery Center to dispose of waste. Authority staff are committed to doing their part, especially during this unprecedented time, to serve York County.

#keepyorkcountysafeandclean

5/11/20

The Authority owns the York County Resource Recovery Center which is operated by Covanta. This facility turns combustible trash into electricity for our communities and beyond.

Covanta’s dedicated employees are hard at work to manage our waste during this crisis. We thank them and all frontline employees who are serving their communities through this pandemic. Click here to learn more about Covanta.  Click here to learn more about the York County Resource Recovery Center.

5/8/20

The Authority is committed to using and producing alternative energy. You probably already now that YCSWA turns York County trash into electricity at the York County Resource Recovery Center, but did you know that we own and manage the now-closed York County Sanitary Landfill located in Hopewell Township which utilizes a solar power system to operate? Nearly all the facility’s energy needs are provided by 806 solar arrays which are housed on two acres of land located on the property. We are always looking for ways to minimize our operational impact to the environment. We know that utilizing and generating alternative energy will lead to a greener community for York County.

For more information on the now-closed York County Sanitary Landfill click here.

5/7/20

We are proud to provide York County with an environmentally responsible way to manage trash disposal. At our waste-to-energy facility, the York County Resource Recovery Center (YCRRC), all of York County’s household waste is burned in environmentally controlled combustion units and converted to alternative energy. The facility provides enough electricity to power 20,000 homes. If you would like more information about the YCRRC and how we manage trash in York County, click here .

#wastetoenergy

#garbageispower

5/5/20

It is Teacher Appreciation Day and we would like to thank our hardworking York County teachers for all they do. Many of you have faced a new way of teaching over the past few months. You have jumped through many hoops to make sure your students get an education during this confusing time.

We are thankful for the teachers in our community and we miss those who visit us each year for a tour and invite us into their classroom to provide environmental education programming. We hope you feel special and appreciated today!

5/4/20

Waste haulers are seeing an increase in garbage truck fires now that residents are at home and are cleaning sheds, garages and residences. It is extremely important to read labels on household products before throwing them away to determine if they are hazardous. If you are unsure about how to properly dispose of this type of item, visit https://www.ycswa.com/what-are-the-options-to-manage-hhw-in-york-county/.  Household hazardous waste is categorized by the following terms on a label: ignitability, or something flammable; corrosivity, or something that can rust or decompose; reactivity, or something explosive and toxicity, or something poisonous

We also strongly urge you to contact your garbage hauler to find out what materials they will accept at the curb if you are considering disposing of household hazardous waste in your trash.

NOTE: The York County Solid Waste Authority is not a waste hauler. We are a municipal authority that works to facilitate responsible waste disposal in York County. If you are unsure who your trash hauler is, contact your municipality.

5/1/20

The PA Department of Environmental Protection recently released a statement asking residents to be mindful when disposing of household items. Since the beginning of the stay-at-home order in March, sewage treatment facilities are seeing an increase in non-flushable materials clogging filters and equipment. Residents are disposing of trash items in their toilet and down the sink drain. For example, single-use wipes should always be thrown in the garbage instead of being flushed down your toilet and food scraps, grease, fat, and oil should be removed from cookware, placed in a sealed container, and disposed of in the trash. It is important to always dispose of trash responsibly to protect human health and the environment.

If you aren’t sure how to dispose of an item or type of material, please visit our website at www.ycswa.com and type the name into the search tool.

4/29/20

Fairview Township to Reopen Residential Electronics Recycling Beginning Monday, May 4, 2020

4/29/20

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve had to temporarily suspend tours of our waste-to-energy facility, the York County Resource Recovery Center.  But that hasn’t stopped us from pressing forward to bring you a video “tour” of our facility highlighting the magic of waste-to-energy. Click here to discover how we turn York County’s combustible trash into electricity.  Garbage is POWER!

 

4/28/20

One of the highlights of the year for Authority staff is our Earth Day Recycled Art Contest. We invite all York County high school students to participate in this friendly competition that requires them to create a piece of art made only from trash and re-purposed items. The pieces are displayed locally for one week and a reception is held to honor the artists and announce the winners.

Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic, we had to cancel this year’s event. We would like to congratulate the graduating high school seniors who registered to participate in the Earth Day Recycled Art Contest. We wish you well in your future endeavors! CONGRATULATIONS SENIORS!

Dallastown High School: Maddie Bentz and Miriam Zeller

Eastern York High School: Sofia Andia and Kara Anstine

Kennard-Dale High School: Sophie Castro

Northern York High School: Gracie Bellan and Marco Middendorf

West York High School: Haylea Beatty, Grace Chikezie, Shadeya Henderson, Annabella Jury, Nazario Torres Reyes, Devin Trimmer and Erica Trout

William Penn High School: Antonio Martinez

York Suburban High School: Sadrina Imam, Emma Kearns, Molly Preston and CJ Zortman

4/28/20

NOTICE:

Saturday Operations and Electronics Recycling at the York County Resource Recovery Center to Resume May 2, 2020

 The York County Solid Waste Authority has reinstated residential and commercial waste hauler account holder deliveries to the York County Resource Recovery Center (RRC) on Saturdays beginning May 2, 2020. Residents may deliver waste to the RRC M-F from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Commercial waste haulers who are account holders may deliver waste to the RRC on Saturdays from 6 a.m. to noon and M-F from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. now through September 11, 2020.

Residents may also begin delivering electronics to the facility on Saturday, May 2 and every Saturday thereafter from 8 a.m. to noon and on weekdays M-F starting Monday, May 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Electronics must be a separate delivery from the delivery of waste in order to participate in the free residential electronics recycling program.

The Authority recognizes that garbage volumes increase in the spring due to yard waste clean-ups and spring cleaning in general, and we are reopening Saturday operations and all services including our free residential electronics recycling program to offer residents an environmentally responsible way to manage their waste.  Please be advised that we strongly encourage residents to consider holding on to their materials and staying safe at home until the Governor lifts the Stay at Home order for York County. Anyone visiting the RRC must wear a mask or face covering to gain access to the site and once onsite, must maintain social distancing by staying at least 6 Ft. apart from others on site.

The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, education, recycling and resource recovery.  The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township; and owns and operates a Small Load Drop-off Facility, a Recyclable Materials Drop-off Center and an Education Center.

4/23/20

One of the most requested and fun educational programs we offer is called Recycled Paper Revelations. During this activity, we educate students about the importance of recycling, we identify items that should go into the recycling bin, and we talk about the paper making process. The lesson ends with each student making their very own piece of recycled paper.

Although we are not able to provide programs right now, students and parents can make a recycled paper project at home. Check out these easy instructions provided by Earth911.

https://earth911.com/living-well-being/events-entertainement/recycle-your-own-paper/

4/22/20

High School Recycled Art Contest Officially Cancelled for 2020

Click here to view the press release on this topic

4/22/20

Happy 50th Celebration of Earth Day! It’s our favorite day of the year at the York County Solid Waste Authority! It may feel different this year, but there are a number of things we can all do to honor our planet and recognize this important day. Here is a list of things to consider doing:

  • Take a walk around your neighborhood to pick up and dispose of any litter you might find (remember to follow appropriate Covid-19 protocol)
  • Plant a garden. You can choose flowers or vegetables, it doesn’t matter. Plants are essential for a healthy planet
  • Repurpose something you have in your home that you no longer use. Not only will you feel like you have something new, you will reduce trash.

This is typically the busiest time of year for our Community Services Division as many teachers and civic groups would normally take advantage of this time of year to schedule free facility tours and programs. An especially popular topic is how the Authority’s York County Resource Recovery Center turns York County trash into electricity, keeping our planet clean. We would also normally be visiting classrooms and civic groups to present lessons on recycling, worm composting and other environmental topics which have significant benefits to the earth.

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we have postponed all tours and programs until further notice. As soon as it is safe to do so, we will again be offering tours and programs to the public. On this 50th Earth Day, please stay safe. We hope to see you soon!

4/21/20

Now more than ever, we are making an effort to stay connected to the community. We want you to know that we care and we are doing our part to keep York County safe and clean. Visit our homepage to view our Covid-19 statement and continue to check this page to which is dedicated to coronavirus waste-related topics.

#keepyorkcountysafeandclean

4/20/20

Personal protective equipment, such as masks and rubber gloves, have become part of our daily lives for the time being. As we try to protect ourselves from Covid-19, it’s important to also be protective of other people by disposing of these items properly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you remove your mask first and dispose of it in a bagged trash can. Then, remove your gloves and throw them in a bagged trash can and immediately wash your hands before touching any other surfaces.

Please do not discard masks or gloves on the ground. Doing so is dangerous because it could spread coronavirus if someone picks them up to toss them in a trash can. Thank you for following these guidelines as we all work to stop the spread of Covid-19.

4/17/20

In keeping with the Secretary of Health’s order of April 15, 2020, all customers at the York County Resource Recovery Center are required to wear a face mask while on premises; effective April 20, 2020. Thank you for your continued cooperation as we navigate through this pandemic.  Stay safe!

Click here to read the press release on this topic

4/17/20

We know a lot of folks are using their time at home during this pandemic to paint their homes.  Did you know you can dispose of paint cans in your regular trash? Here’s how to do it properly: Step 1: Solidify any remaining paint in the can by adding kitty litter, shredded paper or a commercial paint hardener available at home improvement stores. Step 2: Seal the can tightly and place in at least one trash bag. We suggest double-bagging your paint can(s) to prevent spillage during transport.  Step 3: Tie the bag(s) tightly and place in your trash container. 

Your paint will be used as fuel at our waste-to-energy facility where it will be incinerated at very high heat in an environmentally controlled combustion unit to produce alternative energy. AND, the metal paint can will be reclaimed from the remaining combustion ash and recycled. A WIN for the environment!

4/16/20

Thank you to the Management Center, Scalehouse, Small Load Drop-Off Area, and Covanta staff who are working during this time to manage trash in York County. We are also thankful for the staff at the now-closed York County Sanitary Landfill who continue to manage this site. These essential workers are in contact with the public daily and risk potential exposure to the Covid-19 virus in order to keep York County clean. We appreciate your dedication!

#keepyorkcountyclean

4/15/20

Now more than ever, we are using a variety of cleaners to keep ourselves and our homes free of germs. It is important to remember to read the labels on your home cleaners before combining any of them to make sure you aren’t going to accidently produce a harmful vapor or chemical.

Household cleaners may contain corrosive chemicals that can burn the skin and mucous membranes. For more information on the disposal of household cleaners and hazardous waste visit https://www.ycswa.com/corrosives/.

4/14/20

4/13/20

Social distancing is very important right now, but it can be tricky to know exactly what six feet apart looks like. Let us help you visualize it. Each large trash can is approximately 30 inches in width, so if you simply think about three of your large trash bins sitting side-by-side you can safely distance yourself six feet from others.

#staysafesocialdistance

4/10/20

We asked and you heard our request…THANK YOU to York County residents for NOT DELIVERING TRASH to the York County Resource Recovery Center (YCRRC) during this time. In response to the Governor’s Stay at Home Order, the Authority urges residents to not visit the YCRRC unless they do not have curbside garbage service and it is absolutely necessary to dispose of their trash. For the safety of yourself and our staff, please stay home until the order is lifted.

~THANK YOU!

#stayhomestaysafe

4/9/20

With all that is going on right now, it’s difficult to keep track of the multitude of changes. That is why we have created a webpage to keep you up to date with changes in our operations along with waste-related tips. You can access this page by visiting www.ycswa.com/covid-19-waste-related-updates-and-tips/.

Just a reminder, the following York County Solid Waste Authority services have been cancelled or modified until further notice:

  • We are NOT accepting E-CYCLABLES (electronics recycling) until further notice.
  • The York County Resource Recovery Center is CLOSED to all deliveries on SATURDAYS.

4/8/20

The York County Resource Recovery Center is CLOSED FOR DELIVERIES ON SATURDAYS until further notice due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the need to reduce person-to-person contact. The facility will operate during normal hours Monday through Friday. Visit www.ycswa.com/disposal-of-household/waste for additional information.

#keepyorkcountyclean

4/7/20

Aren’t you thankful for our trash haulers!?! Imagine what our communities would look like if they weren’t operating. These hardworking people are putting themselves at risk to pick up our trash and keep York County clean and safe. Some Manchester Township residents recently showed their appreciation for trash haulers by writing encouraging messages on their driveways and sidewalks. Click the link below to read the full story.

https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/local/community/2020/04/05/spread-love-york-county-residents-create-positive-messages-during-pandemic/5106342002/

#keepyorkcountyclean

4/6/20

Please adhere to these recommendations when using the walking trails at our Hopewell Area Recreation Complex (HARC).

4/6/20

The CDC has now recommended that Americans wear a non-medical grade face mask when they leave their homes. You can buy masks online or make one of your own out of a bandana or other fabric.  This is a great “reuse” project!  The CDC recommends using a fabric with a tight weave that is 100% cotton. There are many recommendations online for how to make your own mask. You don’t need a sewing machine to make them. This mask was made from an old pillowcase and uses Velcro strips for the tie closures. The directions we followed can be found at this link:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/04/health/how-to-make-your-own-mask-wellness-trnd/index.html

4/5/20

It’s Spring Cleaning Time!  

Here at the York County Solid Waste Authority, we know people across York County are cleaning out houses, garages and sheds, especially now during the Covid-19 pandemic when we have been asked to stay at home.  We encourage you to clean your homes, but we ask that if it’s too much to be disposed of in your curbside waste service, that you PLEASE wait to deliver it to the York County Resource Recovery Center until after the pandemic has passed.  Please remember that haulers have suspended bulk item pick up.  We are striving to protect our employees and the citizens we serve by reducing the amount of non-essential traffic to our facility.  We appreciate your cooperation!  Stay safe and stay home!

4/4/20

The weather is warming and grass is growing!  To reduce yard waste, please consider using a mulching blade on your mower and letting your grass clippings lay on your lawn. It will produce a healthier lawn and you’ll reduce your need to fertilize too! Here are some helpful tips:

  1. Use a mulching mower to mulch grass clippings and leaves into your lawn. It’s much easier on the back than raking and can help prevent weeds from germinating in your lawn.
  2. Place grass clippings and leaves in garden beds or around trees and shrubs to prevent weeds.
  3. Add grass clippings and leaves to backyard compost. An internet search of “composting” will provide instructions for different composting methods and what materials are compostable.
  4. If your municipality offers curbside or drop-off yard waste recycling, participate in their program. Contact your municipality directly to find out what materials are accepted and when their program is conducted.

4/3/20

Food waste Comprises more than 40 percent of the waste stream in America. During the Covid-19 pandemic, there’s a tendency to panic shop and buy more than you really need, but please remember that grocery stores remain open and are restocking items every day. Truckers are working extra-hard to get goods to stores. Please help curb increases in food waste by buying only what you need. Thanks and stay safe!

4/2/20

Are you low on paper towels during this Covid-19 pandemic? Here are some suggestions for alternatives: Paper goods are hard to come by during the Covid-19 pandemic, but if you have any of the following, you have options.

Towels, old t-shirts, rags. This sounds ridiculously obvious, but as a society, we’ve taken the availability of paper towels for granted. The great thing about using cloth towels, old clothes or rags instead of paper towels is that instead of throwing them out after one use, you can throw them in your washer and reuse them again. Great for the environment and handy for you. Stay safe!

4/1/20

Residents:

The Governor has issued a “Stay at Home” order through April 30, 2020. This means that residents may only travel for essential services. We are asking that unless you do not have curbside pick-up of waste, that you PLEASE defer delivery of waste to the York County Resource Recovery Center until after the pandemic has ended.

Individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following allowable individual activities and allowable essential travel:

  • Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as obtaining medicine or medical supplies, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from home
  • Getting necessary services or supplies for themselves, for their family or household members, or as part of volunteer efforts, or to deliver those services or supplies to others to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences
  • Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running if they maintain social distancing
  • To perform work providing essential products and services at a life-sustaining business
  • To care for a family member or pet in another household
  • Any travel related to the provision of or access to the above-mentioned individual activities or life-sustaining business activities
  • Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons
  • Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services
  • Travel to return to a place of residence from an outside jurisdiction
  • Travel required by law enforcement or court order
  • Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the commonwealth

4/1/20

Tips on how to keep your waste workers safe: Please help keep your neighborhood waste haulers safe when they collect your trash and recyclables. Please bag and tie all waste and place it in your waste receptacle if you have one. Recyclables must be in your recycling container. Do not put loose items out next to waste or recycling receptacles. They will not be collected. Please do not approach or engage with your waste hauler. All waste hauling companies have staff available to answer phone calls. Please call your waste hauler with any questions about your service. Stay safe!

4/1/20

Click on the link below to read our press release on the postponement of the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event.

The York County Solid Waste Authority Postpones May 2 Residential Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program

If you are considering disposing of HHW in your regular trash, we strongly urge you to first contact your garbage hauler to find out what materials they will accept at the curb. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection offers these recommendations when disposing of HHW in the trash:

– When disposing of rechargeable batteries, cover the electrical contacts or battery ends with a non-conductive tape (electrical or vinyl tape) or seal individual batteries in separate clear plastic bags so they cannot conduct electricity. This helps reduce the risk of potential fires or explosions.

– Absorb HHW liquids using material such as cat litter, sawdust or vermiculite and securely package the remaining residue to prevent leakage. Dispose of the material in small quantities over several trash collection periods.

NOTE: Mercury thermometers and thermostats may never be disposed of in the trash.

3/31/20

Click on the link below to read our press release on the suspension of electronics recyling.

The York County Solid Waste Authority Suspends Residential Electronics Recycling during Covid-19 Pandemic

3/31/20

Medication Disposal During Covid-19 Pandemic: 

 Under Governor Wolf’s “Stay at Home” order residents should be traveling only for essential services: Essential travel includes things like commuting to an essential job, picking up supplies like groceries and medicine, and checking on family and pets in other households. Residents who would normally dispose of their medications at one of our secure medication return boxes located in police department lobbies across York County can instead dispose of medications in their regular garbage.

Here’s how:

Take medication out of its original container and mix it with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter. The medication will be less appealing to children and pets, and less rec­ognizable to people who may intentionally go through your trash. Put it in a sealable container such as an empty detergent bottle or other secure container to prevent the medication from leaking or breaking out of a garbage bag.  Before disposing of a medicine container, remove all identifying information to make it unreadable.  This will help to protect your identity and personal health information.

Please stay at home and dispose of your medications in your garbage.  Doing so will help keep our law enforcement personnel safe!  Thank you for your cooperation.

3/31/20

How to stay safe when you come to the Resource Recovery Center: Our scalehouse staff are on duty to greet you when you arrive and to help you through your visit. Scalehouse staff are wearing gloves and are no longer asking for your driver’s license. They will ask for your name and address. The goal is to keep people in their cars and to maintain a safe distance. We are still accepting cash, as well as credit cards. Please do your part and stay home if you feel ill. We will be here to serve you when you feel healthy. Let’s all stay safe!

3/30/20

Due to the Coronavirus all ballfields, playgrounds, and picnic pavilions at the Hopewell Area Recreation Complex are closed until further notice beginning March 31, 2020. The walking tails will remain open. Please exercise social distancing and stay at least six feet apart when using the walking trails.

3/30/20

The York County Solid Waste Authority is committed to keeping the York County Resource Recovery Center open during the Covid-19 pandemic. While many of our employees are practicing responsible social distancing and are working from home, we do have staff in the Management Center office to respond to phone inquiries. If you have questions about how to properly manage waste, please call us at 717-845-1066 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The York County Resource Recovery Center is open to residents Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday hours for residents have been temporarily suspended. Please stay safe!