FREE Home Compost Workshops Scheduled

The Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA) is partnering with municipalities, community organizations and Penn State Master Gardeners of Lancaster County to conduct home compost workshops where residents will learn how to recycle organic waste from their kitchens and gardens instead of putting it in the trash. Composting is an excellent way to recycle vegetable scraps, grass clippings, leaves, and other organic materials and turn them into a useful and valuable soil amendment.

Workshop attendees will also learn how to build effective, yet inexpensive home compost bins to meet their needs. Each household in attendance will be eligible to receive a free kitchen scrap collection bucket courtesy of LCSWMA.

Lancaster County residents are invited to attend any one of the home compost workshops scheduled for this year. If required, residents should pre-register by no later than Friday at noon prior to the workshop they’ll be attending.

  • April 22 at the City of Lancaster Recycling Drop-off Center located at 850 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster. The workshop is from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. No fee is required, but pre-registration is recommended. To pre-register or for more information, please contact the City of Lancaster Solid Waste & Recycling Manager at (717) 291-4762 or email tbreneisen@cityoflancasterpa.com.
  • May 7 at the West Lampeter Township Village Park pavilion located at 800 Village Road, Lampeter. The workshop is from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. No fee is required, but pre-registration is recommended. To pre-register or for more information, please contact the West Lampeter Township Recycling Coordinator at (717) 464-3731 or email joellyn@westlampeter.com.
  • June 6 at the West Donegal Township Municipal Office located at One Municipal Drive, Elizabethtown. The workshop is from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. No fee is required, but pre-registration is recommended. To pre-register or for more information, please contact the West Donegal Township Recycling Coordinator at (717) 367-7178 or email