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Since January 1, 2018, Waste Connections of Pennyslvania has been serving the Adams County communities below with residential waste management services. We invite all customers in Adams County to bookmark this page and return to read service updates.  

  • Abbottstown Borough
  • Arendtsville Borough
  • Bendersville Borough
  • Biglerville Borough
  • Butler Township
  • Cumberland Township
  • East Berlin Borough
  • Franklin Township
  • Gettysburg Borough
  • Menallen Township
  • Straban Township

To learn about waste collection services and your cart options, please review the Summary of Services below.

Image of a Stone bridge over a creek in Adams County, Pennsylvania.

Summary of Services

The chart below outlines the residential services provided by Waste Connections of PA for the Adams County communities listed. When you sign-up, you have the option to use your own containers or request the trash and recycling carts with wheels provided by Waste Connections.

When you sign-up, we will confirm your cart preferences and your total rate per quarter.

Type Frequency Container Options Extra $ Maximum
Trash 1 Weekly Customer Supplied No
5 Bags - 32 Gallon Each
Trash 2 Weekly 96 Gallon Cart w/Wheels $9/Qtr 5 Bags - 32 Gallon Each
Trash Tag*

$3.75/Ea Tag each 32 gallon bag over 5 max
Recycle 1 Every Other Week Customer Supplied No
2 Bags - 32 Gallon Each
Recycle 2 Every Other Week 65 Gallon Cart w/Wheels No
Lid must close
Bulk Item Call to schedule

No 1 Bulk item per week
Freon Item  Call to schedule


Electronics Quarterly
No Special collection of covered devices

 *NOTE: Please affix a Trash Tag to each 32 gallon bag over the limit.  Call our office for tags at $3.75 per tag in quantities of 12.

New Customer Sign-Up Form / Customer Request - Adams County Residents

New customers may use the sign-up form or call toll free 1-877-709-1700 to sign-up. 
Hours:  Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Residential Trash

Trash Pickup Guidelines

Residential garbage collection service begins very early on Monday through Friday, so please place your trash out the night before. To ensure a safe, clean and efficient pickup, please:

  • Bag and tie all acceptable trash materials
  • Place trash out the night before your collection day
  • Do not park personal vehicles within 10 feet of containers
  • If you have a 96 gallon cart, please face container handles toward your home
  • Please affix a $3.75 Trash Tag to each 32 gallon bag over the 5 bag limit

Image of a Residential Blue Cart.

Optional 96 Gallon Trash Cart

Residential Trash Materials

For safety, legal, and environmental reasons, not all materials can be placed in the trash for collection.  Please review the Acceptable and Unacceptable lists below.  

Acceptable Residential Garbage Items:
  • Normal non-hazardous household waste
  • Broken glass (safely wrapped)
  • Cat litter or small animal waste (if double bagged)
  • Ceramics
  • Pizza boxes
  • Styrofoam
  • Yard Waste/ no more than 50% of trash / Bundled & tied no longer than 3ft

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Unacceptable Residential Garbage Items:
  • Ammunition, fireworks
  • Ashes, hot or cold
  • Barrells
  • Batteries
  • Computers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Electronics, radio, computers, TVs, etc
  • Florescent lights
  • Hazardous Waste of any kind
  • Infections waste
  • Items containing Freon: Refrigerator, Air Conditioner, etc.
  • Items containing lead
  • Items containing mercury
  • Liquid waste of any kind
  • Microwaves
  • Propane tanks
  • Tires
  • Yard waste, grass, sod, leaves - acceptable IF no more than 50% of the trash

Residential Recycling

Residential recycling materials are picked up every other week.  Depending on where you live, you will be assigned the Week A or the Week B schedule.  You may view the schedules below.

Abbottstown, Cumberland, *Gettysburg, Straban

2020 Recycling Calendar - Week A
2021 Recycling Calendar - Week A

Arendtsville, Bendersville, Biglerville, Butler, East Berlin, Franklin, *Gettysburg, Menallen

2020 Recycling Calendar - Week B
2021 Recycling Calendar - Week B

New!  Visit the Schedule page to view your pickup schedule.

*Note:  If you live in Gettysburg and you aren't sure which Recycling Week your service is, please email or call 717-709-1700.

Recycling Pickup Guidelines

Residential recycling collection service begins very early on Monday through Friday, so please place your recycling out the night before. To ensure a clean and effective pickup, please:

  • Place recycling out the night before your collection day
  • Do not park personal vehicles within 10 feet of containers
  • If you have a 65 gallon recycling cart, please face container handles toward your home
  • If you have a 65 gallon recycling cart, please do not bag recycables

Recycling Cart with Wheels.

Optional 65 Gallon Recycling Cart

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Acceptable Residential Recycling Items


  • Aluminum beverage cans
  • Steel food & beverage cans & empty aerosol cans


  • Clear, brown & green glass food & beverage containers.


  • #1—#7 Plastic containers & bottles with necks smaller than their bases

Paper, Paperboard & Cardboard:

  • All sizes of cardboard boxes
  • Food boxes (i.e. cereal & Jello boxes)
  • EMPTY paper towel & toilet paper rolls
  • Paperboard packaging (i.e. tissue boxes etc.)
  • Office paper—any color
  • Shredded paper (place in clear plastic bag)
  • Newspapers & inserts
  • Magazines, catalogs & brochures
  • Envelopes & junk mail
  • Paper bags
  • Phone books & other soft cover books

How to Prepare Recyclables

Metal Cans, Glass & Plastics

Remove caps or lids
Rinse thoroughly
It is OK to leave on labels and neck rings

Paper, Paperboard & Cardboard 

Flatten ALL boxes/cardboard
Bundle all cardboard that does not fit into the recycling bin
  (no larger than 2’x2’x2’) and tie with natural twine)
Check weather forecast: If the forecast calls for high winds or rain,
  keep your recyclables inside until the following pickup if possible.  
Cover loose paper with heavier containers to prevent it from blowing away
Remove all packaging (Styrofoam, peanuts, plastic, bubble wrap, plastic liners, etc.)

Unacceptable Residential Recycling Items

  • Broken glass
  • Ceramics
  • Chemical/pesticide containers
  • Electronics
  • Light bulbs
  • Styrofoam
  • Window glass or mirrors
  • Yard waste

Special Pickup Guidelines

Bulk Items

A bulk item is an item that is too large for the container or 32 gallon bag and includes items such as:  couches, mattresses, tables, recycliners, etc.  A tire that does not exceed 36 inches in height or 16 inches in width is considered a bulk item. 

One bulk item is allowed per week.  Before placing your item out for pickup, please call to 717-709-1700 to schedule your bulk item pickup.

Freon Items

Items that contain Freon require special collection and handling.  Items with Freon include refrigerators, dehumidifiers, air conditioners, etc.  Before placing your item out for pickup, please call to 717-709-1700 to schedule your Freon item pickup.


Each quarter there will be a special collection of Covered Devices like electronics.  The dates and details of these events will be published in this section.

Residential Billing

New residential trash customers will receive their first invoice in the mail. With that invoice, residents can visit the Online Bill Pay section of our website and pay their bill online either one transaction at a time or set up an automatic bill pay arrangements. 

Payments Accepted

  • Checks
  • Credit or debit card payments: American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact Waste Connection of PA at 717-709-1700 or call your local municipality.

  • Abbottstown Borough 717-259-6213
  • Arendtsville Borough 717-677-6009
  • Bendersville Borough 717-677-8112
  • Biglerville Borough 717-677-9488
  • Butler Township 717-677-6712
  • Cumberland Township 717-334-6485
  • Franklin Township 717-334-4901
  • Gettysburg Borough 717-334-1160
  • Menallen Township 717-677-6635
  • Straban Township 717-334-4833

You can pay your bill by phone, at our office, via mail or you can use our Online Bill Pay option.

Waste Connections of Pennsylvania
3747 White Church Road
Chambersburg, PA  17202

Mailing Address
Waste Connections of Pennsylvania
PO Box 399
Scotland, PA  17254

Phone:  717-709-1700 or 877-709-1700
Hours:   Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm