Welcome to West Donegal Township

Settled in 1719 and incorporated in 1838, West Donegal Township is named after County Donegal in Ireland. Located west and south of Elizabethtown, in Lancaster County, West Donegal Township comprises an area of 15.6 square miles in land size.

Governed by a five member Board of Supervisors the 2010 census indicates the Township has 8260 residents. The Township is part of the Elizabethtown Area School District with the Rheems Elementary School located in the Township. Located between Harrisburg and Lancaster, West Donegal Township provides residents employment and recreation opportunities with additional amenities in the larger cities. For more information about the Township click here.

Job Opening

West Donegal Township, Lancaster County seeks an Administrative Assistant providing support to the Zoning/Code Enforcement Officer and Township Manager on duties related to planning and zoning. The selected individual shall assist in enforcement actions relating to zoning, on-lot septic pumping, and other tasks and projects. The individual must work well with a team approach and be responsive to residents of the Township. Graduation from a 2-year program in land planning or public administration is a benefit. A full benefit package is part of the position. For additional information, refer to this job description. Provide your resume in writing or via mail to John O. Yoder III, Township Manager, West Donegal Township, 1 Municipal Drive, Elizabethtown, PA  17022 or email at jyoder@wdtwp.com.

Applications for the above position will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on November 30, 2018 and can be picked up at the West Donegal Township Municipal Building, 1 Municipal Drive, Elizabethtown. Call (717) 367-7178 with questions.

West Donegal Township is an EOE and does not discriminate in its hiring practices.

NEW Recycling Guidelines - The Big 4

LCSWMA has officially rolled out the " Big 4" (click here to refer to a recent newspaper article) to read about the reasons for the major changes for the recycling industry and how they will impact us. In accordance with this newspaper article, we ask that you click here for the hand out provided by LCSWMA. This is VERY important and the changes should be implemented immediately. We anticipate it will be a work in progress until everyone gets on board.

Contamination in the Recycling Bin

In addition to the changes to what can be recycled, there are some items such as plastic bags that are not recyclable and should not be placed in the recycling bins. LCSWMA has asked the local haulers to begin checking the curbside recyclables to eliminate contamination of non-recyclable items in the bins. Note that contamination in the bin is NOT the same as those items that are no longer recyclable. Contamination is items that are NOT recyclable and should have been placed in the trash from the beginning. With that request, Waste Management has developed a "Contamination Notice" (click here to see a sample). Should you find one of these notices in your recycling bin, please read what it says and don't take it personally as our objective is to educate everyone on what should and should not be placed in a recycling bin.

Update - Yard Waste

Yard Waste Bags are currently $1.00 for a pack of 5; 10 for $2.00 and 20 for $3.00 (cash or check only). Yard waste/woody waste pick up will began April 10 & 11 (depending on which day your trash/recycling is picked up) and continues every two weeks until the first week in December. All bags & bundled woody waste should be placed curbside with your trash & recycling. Last pick up dates are December 4 & 5, whichever day is your regular trash/recycling pick up day. Leaves/yard waste after this date should be placed in garbage bags if not mulched. The 3-bag per week limit does apply. Therefore, if you have more than 3 bags of 32-gallon bags or containers extra yellow bag tags must be used & can be purchased at the Township office.

We remind everyone that grass clippings are NOT yard waste and to mulch all you can and leave it on the ground.

Thank you for your cooperation. As costs associated with trash/recycling continue to increase, we continue to try to keep costs to a minimum while recycling all we can.

New Township Alert System

West Donegal Township is implementing a cellular, text-based alert system for residents of the township. This system is similar to what the Elizabethtown Area School District and other organizations and municipalities use to inform residents, in a timely manner, regarding late breaking and emergency information.

If you are interested in joining this system, please text “YES” to (208) 252-4718 from your cellular device.

Additional message and data rates may apply. West Donegal Township is not liable for any additional charges you may incur from your cellular service provider for messages received from this system.