Recycling in Gettysburg


Recycling is Required for Residents, Businesses, and Municipal & Institutional Organizations!

Gettysburg Borough is an Act 140 mandated community requiring recycling by both residents and businesses.  After securing their own personal contract for trash and recycling through Waste Management, residents can obtain recycling bins from the Borough offices and place them curbside.  Landlords must supply recycling opportunities for their tenants. Businesses have options for recycling.  It is highly recommended that business owners contract with the Borough’s contracted waste hauler for recycling.  Other options are also available.  The Borough’s contracted hauler and the Adams Rescue Mission will collect business recycling in the Borough and report the weight of the materials collected to the Borough.  If another hauler is selected, it is the business owner’s responsibility to report the weight of the materials to the Borough on an annual basis. This applies to businesses (retail and otherwise), hotels and B & B’s, and restaurants as well as those municipal and institutional organizations that are located within the Borough.

Under the Borough's most recent contract with Waste Management, Inc, brush and yard waste will be picked up curbside each year in late October. Brush must be bundled with twine or wire in lengths no greater than 36 inches.  Residents of the Borough may bring yard waste and/or leaves to the Public Works Building any time, dropping them at the clearly marked areas.  

Borough Recycling Officer: Debra English (717) 334-1160 ext. 238

The following will be accepted for recycling by the Borough’s contracted hauler: 

  • Aluminum food and beverage containers (cans) with lids and food debris removed. No aluminum foil.
  • Glass food and beverage containers with lids and food debris removed: Clear, Brown and Green. No plate glass nor Pyrex.
  • Natural and pigmented plastic narrow-necked containers with symbols 1,2,3,4,5,6, and 7 (milk jugs, water bottles, juice and beverage bottles, detergent bottles, shampoo bottles, bleach bottles, etc). 
  • Ferrous (iron, steel, tin) cans with food debris removed.
  • Newsprint, black and white or pigmented. Not bound or placed in bags.
  • Construction paper, Kraft paper, cereal boxes, shoe boxes or similar
  • Printer, computer and copy paper
  • Junk mail, magazines and catalogs 
  • Corrugated cardboard that is small enough to fit in the recycling bin
  • Phonebooks, paper backs
  • In November 2010, the Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA) was passed, establishing requirements for the handling of “covered devices” (i.e., computers, monitors, keyboards, and televisions.)  As a result, these items may not be placed in the regular trash and haulers will only take them for recycling at special E-Recycling events, the next one being Saturday, October 19, 2024 For information on that event, call 717-337-0724. (NOTE: Household items such as toasters, radios, hairdryers, etc. can be placed in with the regular trash for pick up on usual collection day.


Board Members

Name Title
Debra English Director of Historic and Environmental Preservation
Judith (Judie) Butterfield Committee Chair Person

Recycling Coordinator

Name Title

Recycling Coordinator; Associate Director of Historic and Environmental Preservation