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Solid Waste Disposal and Recycling

Solid Waste Disposal and Recycling

In 1988 Pennsylvania enacted the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act (Act 101), which requires counties to plan for the management of municipal waste within their boundaries. Under Act 101, the primary responsibility of the County is to ensure the availability of adequate processing and disposal capacity of municipal waste generated within the County.

Municipalities are responsible for the collection and transportation of municipal waste. Municipalities with a population greater than 5,000 and a population density of more than 300 people per square mile are also required to implement a mandatory curbside recycling program. Other municipalities provide voluntary recycling programs through the contracted waste collector or the Adams County Rescue Mission. 

Adams County Office of Planning & Development

Phone: 717-337-9824


The Office of Planning & Development coordinates recycling and disposal efforts within the County in the following ways:

  • Assist municipalities and recycling agencies with the implementation of recycling programs, obtaining grant funding, and/or purchasing recycling equipment.
  • Prepare the Adams County Municipal Waste Management Plan (2019) and Appendices.
  • Maintain information on how and where to recycle various items. The Adams County Recycling Information Brochure may be downloaded under Resources below. 
  • Assist in the organization of various waste collection events for County residents.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Adams County does not have a landfill

The Recycling and Disposal Brochure lists landfills and transfer stations in neighboring counties. Check the brochure to locate the facility closest to you.  

Recycling or disposal options of a variety of items may be found in the Adams County Recycling and Disposal Brochure

This booklet contains information on various items from A-Z that can be recycled and locations at which these items can be recycled or disposed of. 

The Adams Rescue Mission also accepts a variety of recyclable items at their location at 2515 York Rd, Gettysburg. Check their website for hours and items accepted. 

The Conservation District periodically hosts a Tire Recycling Event in the Spring. Details will be posted on the County's home page. You may also contact the District for more information.
Check with your municipality and/or waste hauler to see if they have a program in place for covered device recycling.

There are two facilities that will accept them for a charge. Please check the facility for the most current information, items accepted, and pricing:

Washington Township Transfer Station (Franklin County)
12725 Buchanan Trail E
Waynesboro, PA 17268

Cumberland County Recycling Center 
1001 Claremont Rd
Carlisle, PA  17015


  • Under the Covered Device Recycling Act (Act 108 of 2010), after January 23, 2013, computers, monitors, televisions, etc. may no longer be disposed with municipal waste in PA.

  • Unused and expired medications may now be disposed of at one of Adams County's permanent medication drop-off boxes!Image of the Medication Drop Box Location Map