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.


As some of you may already know, Lancaster County is under quarantine for control of the spotted lanternfly, an invasive species from Southeast Asia. Please visit the Penn State Extension website for more info. Please share this information with your friends and neighbors who may not have access to the internet.

Helpful Links:  
Spotted Lanternfly Management for Homeowners
What to do if you find spotted lanternfly
How to eliminate spotted lanternfly adults

Yard Waste/Woody Waste

Yard waste & woody waste pick up begins April 9 (northside of Bainbridge Road) and April 10 (southside of Bainbridge Road). They will be picked up every other week. Please follow the guidelines as listed under the Trash/Recycling program.

CFL Bulbs

Due to PPL's discontinuing of their RecyclePak program, the Township will no longer accept CFL light bulbs. We ask that you continue to recycle these items with participating companies, i.e. Lowe's & Home Depot stores. Regular light bulbs can be thrown into the trash. If possible, as with any glass items, i.e., glass, or small mirror, please wrap them in newspaper for safety reasons.

Township Alert System

West Donegal Township has implemented a cellular, text-based alert system for residents of the township. This system is similar to what the Elizabethtown Area School District, other organizations and municipalities use to inform residents of 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.

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.

We are NO longer recycling CFL bulbs at the Township building. PPL has discontinued their RecyclePak programs. Lowe's & Home Depot stores have drop off boxes for the CFL bulbs so we ask you to continue to recycle them at locations who are participating in the program.

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.