Working together to minimize Lancaster County waste

Did you know the average American creates 4.4 pounds of trash per day?

Did you know the average American creates 4.4 pounds of trash per day? That translates into one ton per person annually. We live in a throwaway society, where people don’t keep things for very long even if those things still work or have value. When we generate replacement items, we increase our use of natural resources and energy, which impacts the health and vitality of our planet. Although the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA) manages and processes Lancaster County’s waste responsibly, we need to work together to minimize the amount of waste we generate.

Once something is truly ready to be thrown away, LCSWMA is here to manage your waste. Their Integrated System includes a consolidation and transfer complex, county-wide recycling program, Household Hazardous Waste Facility, waste-to-energy site and landfill. For tips on how to reduce, reuse, and repurpose items and to access a list of local donation options, visit

Before you throw it away have you considered...
• REDUCING: Don’t buy something new unless you absolutely need it
• REUSING: Think about selling or donating unwanted items
• REPURPOSING: Get creative by determining other ways to use it

Lancaster Lebanon Habitat for Humanity

Lancaster Habitat ReStore, located at 155 Independence Court, is a home improvement store and donation center for gently used furniture, appliances, cabinets, home accessories, and building materials. Proceeds from ReStore sales support Habitat’s building and repair programs.

Lancaster Creative Reuse

The mission of Lancaster Creative Reuse at 1865 Lincoln Highway East is to connect community excess to those who can use it creatively. Offering unique and affordable art, craft, and sewing supplies, this thrift store is fully supported by generous donations.

Building Character

Located at 342 North Queen Street, Building Character is comprised of 70+ shops of vintage, recycled, and handmade merchandise under one roof—making it Downtown Lancaster’s largest retail destination.

The 300 Block

The 300 Block of North Queen Street in Lancaster is lined with shops and boutiques offering an eclectic mix of vintage and repurposed items.

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