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Household Items To Be Recycled

How to Recycle Glass, Plastic & Other Common Items in York County

Municipal Curbside & Drop-Off Recycling

Most municipalities offer curbside or drop-off recycling service for household items such as glass, plastic, and food and beverage cans. So, your first step is to contact your municipality for details. Items accepted may vary depending on the type of recycling program and/or where you live. Please contact your trash hauler or municipal office to find out what items can be placed in your recycling bin.

Most curbside recycling programs accept:
  • Cans (Aluminum & Steel)
  • Cardboard (Dry, flattened, no food contact)
  • Cartons
  • Glass Bottles & Jars
  • Newspaper (Clean, dry, no food contact)
  • Plastic Bottles & Jugs (#1, 2 & 5)

Click here to view Penn Waste’s recycling guidelines.

Click here to view Republic Services’ recycling guidelines.

NOTE: Hanover Borough has its own recycling guidelines. Click here for information on curbside recycling in Hanover.


Watch Our Curbside Recycling Video

Recycling at YCSWA’s Recycling Drop-Off Center


2685 Blackthorne Court
York, PA 17406

Map of the YCRRC

Hours of Operation

Mon – Fri: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM – Noon

Items Accepted

  • Clothing & Shoes

    Clean clothing and shoes accepted in the Salvation Army drop-off bin ONLY.

  • Corrugated Cardboard

    All sizes, dry and flattened.

  • Food & Beverage Cans (Aluminum, Steel, Bi-Metal)

    Rinse thoroughly to remove contaminants and residue. Labels do not need to be removed.

Items Not Accepted

  • Aerosol Cans
  • Paint Cans
  • Paper

    Newspaper, office paper, mixed paper, junk mail, envelopes, magazines, catalogs, post cards, etc.

  • Paperboard

    Cereal boxes, shoe boxes, tissue boxes, paper towel / toilet paper rolls, etc.

  • Pizza Boxes
  • Plastic or Glass Containers

Click here for information on other York County recycling drop-off locations.



How to Recycle Christmas Trees

Many municipalities offer Christmas tree collection for residents as part of their curbside recycling programs. Contact your municipality to learn more.

The Authority accepts Christmas Trees for recycling December 26 – January 31, in the parking lot across from the York County Resource Recovery Center. There is no fee for this service for York County residents. Please remove lights, ornaments, tinsel, and protective bags from your tree before delivery. Trees collected are processed locally and reused as mulch.


2651 Blackbridge Road
York, PA 17406

Follow the signs along Blackbridge Road directing you to the parking lot and the proper location.

Other drop-off sites for Christmas trees include H&H Excavating in Spring Grove (717-225-4669) and Spring Valley Mulch in Dover (717-292-3476). Please call ahead for hours of acceptance.

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