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Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event

This Saturday, Cumberland County is giving its residents a chance to safely get rid of any hazardous materials they may have.

The Household Hazardous Waste drop-off event runs from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Cumberland County Service Center, located at 310 Allen Road in Carlisle.

Items that will be accepted include:

  • Pesticides, insecticides, herbicides and fertilizers
  • oil-based paints, stains, varnishes and sealers
  • oil-based paint cleaners, thinners and removers
  • adhesives, glues, epoxies, caulking and sealants
  • gasoline, diesel fuel and kerosene, antifreeze
  • car care products
  • lubricating sprays
  • pool chemicals
  • drain cleaners
  • degreasers and oven cleaners
  • fire extinguishers
  • propane cylinders (up to 20 pounds)
  • hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid and other acids
  • mercury and mercury containing devices
  • fluorescent light tubes and bulbs
  • automotive batteries.

Items that will NOT be accepted include:

  • motor oil
  • latex (water-based) paint and paint-related products
  • smoke detectors
  • household alkaline batteries
  • chemically treated lumber
  • biological waste
  • construction and demolition debris
  • bags of cement / mortar
  • medications
  • ammunition
  • explosives
  • asbestos
  • tires
  • used absorbent material (i.e. oil-dri)
  • cold patch.

Absolutely no electronics will be accepted. If you have electronics you are looking to recycle, please take them to the county’s electronics recycling center.

This event is open to county residents and small business owners only. For more information, please visit Cumberland County’s website.

Bicycle Safety


More people are choosing to hop on their bikes instead of getting in their cars to make their way around. It’s better for the environment and it’s a great way to get exercise.

Here in Carlisle, there are plenty of places to ride your bike. The Borough has a network of trails for walking, running, and biking. These on-road and off-road trails connect all the Borough’s parks, schools, and downtown Carlisle.

While riding your bike in and around the Borough, you do need to keep safety in mind. There have been several accidents involving bicyclists and vehicles around Central Pennsylvania this summer. Bicyclists need to follow the law and use common sense, especially when riding downtown. Carlisle Borough Police and Pennsylvania State Police both enforce the bicycle laws and can write citations to violators.

Here are a few things to keep in mind

  • All riders under the age of 12 must wear a helmet. However, it’s recommended that all riders wear a helmet while using their bicycle.
  • A bicycle is considered a vehicle and its operator must follow the rules of the road. This includes using the proper hand signals when stopping or turning and coming to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights. You also need to yield to pedestrians, just like a car does.
  • Cyclists need to use the bike lane when it is available. When there is no bike lane, they must be in the right hand lane or as close to practical to the right hand curb.

Motorists must do their part as well.

  • When approaching a bike rider or attempting to pass one, slow down to an appropriate speed. You must also allow four feet between your vehicle and the bicycle in order to pass them.
  • Don’t sound your horn close to bicyclists, unless it is to avoid a potential crash.
  • It is illegal for a motorist to force a bicyclist off the road! You will be subject to criminal charges.


Click here for a guide to the network of trails in the Borough.

Here is a brochure about biking in downtown Carlisle.

PennDOT has valuable information on their website for riders and motorists.

National Night Out 2017

Tuesday, August 1st was National Night Out in Carlisle Borough. National Night Out is held every year on the first Tuesday of August. It’s an event that’s designed to bring community and law enforcement and emergency agencies together in a positive way.

The Carlisle Police Department held a cookout in front of the police station on Lincoln Street. Officers grilled up hot dogs and served ice cold beverages to the visitors. The festivities then moved to the Stuart Community Center where many area first responders and community organizations, including Carlisle Fire & and Rescue and Union Fire Company, were set up. Community members got a first-hand look at fire trucks, ambulances, and special police gear. There were games for the kids (and the kids-at-heart) and even a bouncy house!

Take a look at some of the highlights below!