This is the new motto of recycling considering the current marketing situation created by the problem of CONTAMINATION:

Before 2018, 50% of the world's recyclable paper and plastic was shipped to China for processing. But China now is enforcing a 0.5% contamination limit. 
What is Contamination?
*UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS INCLUDED IN CAN WITH RECYCLABLES!! This is a huge problem. See the Top 5 below.
*Wet Cardboard
*Food Residue on any items
*Non-recyclable materials attached to recyclables
such as foam attached to cardboard
What can we do to prevent contamination?
*Rinse all food residue from containers
*Throw any wet cardboard or paper in the trash, not the recycling
*Remove non-recyclable items from recycling
*Keep recycling bin covered 
1. Metal food and beverage cans (aluminum and steel)
2. Plastic bottles and jugs (rule of thumb - recycle if the mouth of the container is smaller than the body)
3. Glass bottles and jars (clear, green and brown)
  4. Newspaper (preferably separated from other items)
5. Corrugated Cardboard (not all haulers take cardboard. See the following information about the Township cardboard dumpster.)

The Cardboard Dumpster has returned - and it's BIGGER! 

South Lebanon Township has purchased a large blue dumpster for ONLY CORRUGATED CARDBOARD. This is available for RESIDENTS OF SOUTH LEBANON TOWNSHIP.  It currently sits at 1111 State Drive. 

May 2019 OCC Dumpster


  • No Paperboard

Cardboard VS. Paperboard Cardboard is corrugated. That means it has ridges between 2 flat layers, like shipping boxes you would get from    Corrugated Cardboard is recycled separately from other recyclables and should not contain any food, grease or foam and should not be wet.
Paperboard is one layer, like cereal boxes or pasta boxes. 

Curbside Trash and Recycling

  • Trash and Recycling collection is not provided by the township.  It is up to each residential unit to contract with a local hauler for these services.  All trash and recycling must be collected curbside at least once every two weeks. Items mandated by township ordinance to be recycled are 
    • clear and colored glass
    • bi-metal and aluminum cans
    • plastic bottles and jars 
    • newspapers.
  • Commercial, industrial and municipal establishments must recycle office paper and corrugated cardboard as well as the items mandated for residential. 
  • It should be noted that any large community event with more than 200 people in attendance is required to have recycling collection containers in place and the organization is responsible for seeing that items collected are recycled.
  • Some haulers collect more items than we require in our ordinance, so check with them to be sure you are making the most of the recycling program.
  • FREE Recycling containers for residential units and small businesses are available at the township building and can be picked up Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Recycle Right Flyer

Other Recycled Items

Items we collect at the township building for recycling include:

  • Phone books
  • Ink/toner cartridges
  • Cell phones
  • Christmas trees (only during specified dates in December and January) Christmas trees may also be dropped at the Ironwood Playground on S 14th Avenue and at our facility on State Drive
Household Hazardous Waste Program

Are you looking for information on how to properly dispose of old lawn and garden chemicals, automotive fluids, paints, pesticides and poisons? These are items that you cannot put out with the regular trash, pour down a drain, or dump into the ground out in the backyard. Lebanon County residents may arrange for a home pick-up of household hazardous waste for ONLY a $15 Co-Pay! Call 1-800-742-5542 ext. 123 or go to to set up an appointment.

This program is funded by the Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority.  For more information, call GLRA at 717-867-5790.

HHW as of July 2020 
  • ACCEPTABLE Household Hazardous Waste Materials

    Adhesives • Aerosols • Art/Hobby Supplies • Automotive Fluids • Auto Batteries •  Household Batteries • Cleaners • Waxes • Flammables • Lubricants • Poisons • Lawn/Garden Chemicals • Paint • Thinners • Stains • Varnishes • Gasoline • Mercury Thermometers • Mercury Thermostats • Fluorescent Tubes • Kerosene • Compact Fluorescent Bulbs • Rubbing Alcohol • Degreaser • Spot Remover • Nail Polish • Nail Polish Remover

  • UNACCEPTABLE Household Hazardous Waste Materials

    Ammunition • Explosives • Fire Extinguishers • Gas Cylinders • Radioactive Waste • Smoke Detectors • TVs • Refrigerator • Freezer • Water Heater • Stove • Washer • Dryer • Air Conditioner • Dehumidifier • Scrap Metal • Electronics • Microwave

County Electronics Collection

The Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority opened an Electronics Recycling Facility for Lebanon County residents and small businesses. The facility is located behind the plant bedding and wood mulch loading area. Follow the signs on Russell Road to the entrance of the Electronics Recycling Facility. Electronics are FREE to drop off. There are NO CHARGES and NO FEES for electronics. A GLRA License is NOT required.

The facility’s hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The entrance gate closes PROMPTLY at 3:30 p.m. Weekdays and 11:30 a.m. Saturdays.

  • Acceptable Electronic Materials Include:
    TV • CRT (Monitor) • CPU (Tower) • Laptop • Mouse •  Computer Keyboard • Power Supply • Printer • Scanner • Disc Drive • Cell Phone •  Cables • Battery Backup •  Router • Server • Computer Speakers • Cordless Phone • Digital Camera • Cable Box • Game Controller • Console TV • Projection TV 
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Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs and Rechargable Batteries

  •  CFL bulbs and rechargeable batteries can be recycled at Home Depot or Lowe's. Rechargable batteries can also be recycled at Staples.
  • Fluorescent tubes can be recycled at Dauphin Electric at a cost of 12¢ per foot. 
  • To prepare your compact fluorescent light bulb for recycling, wrap it in a paper towel and seal it in a reclosable plastic bag. 

Rather than adding unwanted books to the landfill, books can be recycled 
at Booksavers of Ephrata