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.

NEW Recycling Guidelines

At the LCSWMA roundtable that Wendy attended, the trash/recycling coordinators were informed of major changes that are coming or have developed for the recycling industry which will impact us. Number one, at this time, is what items we recycle and what items are NO longer recyclable. For the updates, we ask that you click on the "Services" tab of our website and then click on the "Trash/Recycling" page for the details. This is VERY important and the changes should be immediately implemented.

Road Closure Notice

It’s that time of year again. Roadwork season is upon us. Schedules are still fluid so check this space often in the coming months as we get projects teed up and underway. Following is information on our first project:

Base repair work will begin on Bossler Road, between Turnpike Road and Zeager Road on Thursday morning, May 10th and should conclude by close of business on Friday, May 11th. This base repair work is in preparation for an oil and chip sealing project for the same stretch of roadway which will most likely occur in late August or early September.

During this time, Bossler Road will be closed between Furnace Hill Road and Hess Road. Local traffic (residents living on this section) and school buses will be accommodated. Furnace Hill and Hess Roads will be the detour for this closed section. This section of road will reopen for the overnight and early morning hours of May 10th and 11th. There will be flaggers and moving lane closures from Turnpike Road to Furnace Hill Road and from Hess Road to Zeager Road during the same timeframe.

Please use extra caution when traveling through these areas and consider using other routes if they are available to you.

Many thanks in advance for your patience and cooperation as we work with our contractors to improve our township roads.

Update - Yard Waste

Please note a revision from what is published in the newsletter and from what has been done the past few years.

For this year, there will be charge of $1.00 for a pack of 5 Kraft yard waste bags. Those of you who have a few bags leftover from last year may use them. Beginning the week of March 19th, residents who come into the Township office for the Kraft bags will be required to purchase them.Yard waste/woody waste pick up will begin April 10 & 11 (depending on which day your trash/recycling is picked up) and all bags & bundled woody waste should be placed curbside with your trash & recycling. Yard waste/woody waste pick up is every two weeks. Check the calendar on the website for the pick up dates.

We do remind everyone that grass clippings are NOT yard waste and to mulch all that 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.