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Food Scraps and Food-Soiled Paper


Unwanted and spoiled food items and food-soiled paper and cardboard are accepted for disposal as trash at the curb and the Millersville Landfill.

NEW!!  These items may also be dropped off for recycling at all County Recycling Centers.  Examples of items accepted for recycling include: 

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Bread, pasta, grains (no raw dough)
  • Eggs and eggshells
  • Coffee grounds and filters (no “Keurig style” cups)
  • Tea bags and loose tea
  • Meat (including bones)
  • Dairy products - milk, butter, cheese (No containers)
  • Leftovers and spoiled foods
  • Cardboard fruit and vegetable boxes
  • Paper ice cream containers
  • Paper towels and napkins (from the kitchen only)
  • Uncoated or compostable paper plates
  • Food-soiled newspaper
  • Pizza Boxes – greasy
  • Uncoated paper bags with food scraps, like fast food bags
  • Seafood (including shellfish) – * Must be contained in an uncoated paper bag or wrapped in newspaper

Preparation Instructions:

Accepted for disposal as trash at the curb and the Millersville Landfill.

Accepted for recycling at all County Recycling Centers as a self-service item. Click here for printable guidelines. 

  • NO liquids, (other than milk) accepted.
  • Acceptable food items must be dropped loosely into the appropriate dumpster.
  • No plastic bags or plastic containers of any kind are accepted.
  • Residents may discard of any unwanted, soiled plastic bags used to contain food for transport into a nearby labeled trash can. Wet and dirty plastic bags are NOT recyclable.

Items NOT Accepted for recycling include:

  • Grease or fat
  • Plastics, compostable bags or tableware
  • Facial or bathroom tissue
  • Pet waste
  • Diapers
  • Foil or plastic backed paper (plates or bags)
  • Aluminum foil or pans
  • Household trash/litter
  • Glass
  • Styrofoam


Where is material accepted?
Bulk Pickup Required
Recycling Centers
Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off
Non County Alternative

Businesses seeking food and organics recycling options should visit:’s website for Food Waste and Organics Recycling Resources