Trash / Recycling Collection

        Information Concerning Residential Trash Service with Penn Waste


  • Penn Waste provides each customer with a 96-gallon trash cart and a 64-gallon recycling cart. The carts are mandatory beginning July 1, 2022. All trash and recycling must fit inside each cart and the lids must close. The dimensions of the carts are as follows: trash cart is 41" high, 28" wide and 29" deep; recycling cart is 39" high, 25" wide and 25" deep.
  • Trash and recycling must be placed curbside the night before your scheduled trash day.
  • The cost is $75.00/quarter or $300.00/year. If paid in full at the beginning of the billing year, there is a $10 discount, which is $290.00/year. Our billing year runs from July 1 – June 30. 
  • You may call the Township Office at any time to be signed up for service. By enrolling in the Rapho Township Municipal trash program, your property will remain enrolled unless you notify the Township in writing to opt out at least 120 days prior to the expiration of and prior to the rebidding of the Municipal contract.
  • The list of permitted trash haulers for subscription service in the Township is listed on the document at the right of this page in the Quick Links section.


Information Concerning Non-Residential (Commercial, Municipal and Institutional) Trash Service

  • In accordance with the Rapho Township Recycling Ordinance No.2014-2, Non-Residential waste generators are required to recycle certain materials. Rapho Township is currently following the guidelines as set forth by LCSWMA (Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority). Those items are the Big 4 - corrugated cardboard, plastic bottles and jugs with necks, metal food and beverage cans, glass jars and bottles. 
  • The Waste Reduction Act (Act 101) of The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) requires that Rapho Township gather all recycling data and report it to LCSWMA on an annual basis.
  • If you rely on your licensed hauler to transport your recyclables, your data is directly reported to LCSWMA. If you do not rely on your hauler to transport any or all of your recyclables, you must complete and provide this documentation to the Township.


 Rapho Township has a Recycle Yard located at the Municipal Building at 971 North Colebrook Road.  A few reminders when utilizing this facility:  

  • A key fob will be necessary to gain access, and it may be used by Township residents only, and for their residential yard waste.
  • The hours of operation are dawn to dusk, 7 days/week.
  • Place items in designated area
  • No smoking
  • No grass clippings
  • Leaves, garden waste, shrubbery and tree trimmings only
  • Leaves may be loose or bagged in biodegradable yard waste bags
  • Tree limbs may be no longer than 8’ in length and 24” in diameter
  • No tree stumps
  • Christmas trees must be free of all ornaments
  • No trash or garbage
  • No construction or demolition waste
  • No painted, pressure treated wood, railroad ties or landscaping timbers
  • Please obey directional signs for each bay. One bay is for the biodegradable lawn waste bags only.
  • The Recycle Yard is under 24-hour video surveillance.

There seems to be some confusion concerning the Burning Ordinance adopted by the Board of Supervisors on March 6, 2014. Contrary to previous Rapho Reporter publications, residents may not burn any Designated Recyclable Materials. Paper and paperboard are listed as Designated Recyclable Materials. Residents may burn woody debris that is used for cooking food, recreational or ceremonial purposes only.


Residents who are Penn Waste customers, are reminded that checks for your quarterly bills should be made payable to Rapho Township, but mailed to the P.O. box listed at the bottom of the bill stub. Payments will no longer be accepted at the Township Office. The address is:
Rapho Township
PO Box 4604
Lancaster, PA  17604

Residents who are customers of Penn Waste should remember that Penn Waste begins their day at 5:00 am and works until 6:00 pm. Additionally, there is one truck with a driver who runs the entire trash route, then delivers the trash to the incinerator and returns to run the recycling route and takes the recycling to the Penn Waste facility at the end of their day. Please allow a complete work day before contacting the Township Office if your property was not serviced, in the event of any unforeseen problems.

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The following tags may be purchased at the Township Office by Penn Waste customers:

  • Extra Bag Tag - $1.25
  • Tire Tag - $3.00
  • Oversized Item (couch, chair, grill, treadmill, etc.) Tag - $4.00 Please contact the Township Office 24-hours in advance of your pick up day for these items.
  • White Goods Tag (refrigerator, freezer, washer, dryer, etc.) - $15.00

Biodegradable Yard Waste Bags are available to any resident - $.50             

Many residents have called the office to inquire about the operating procedures at LCSWMA. Below is a link to their new and very informative website.
Please do not call Penn Waste directly with any trash/recycling questions or issues. Any trash/recycling questions should be directed to: Ena Marie Banks at
  717-665-3827 or email

Any trash billing questions should be directed to Melva Kready
at 717-665-3827 or email