Cherry Island Landfill
1706 E. 12th Street
Wilmington, DE 19809
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Cherry Island Landfill

Facility Facts

  • Location: Wilmington, at the intersection of 12th St. and Hay Rd.
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Forms of Payment: We accept cash or check only. No credit card or debit card accepted.
  • Directions: I-495 (Exit 3 - 12th Street)
  • Opening Date: October, 1985
  • Size: 513 acres

Types of Waste Accepted:

  • Municipal solid waste from private collection vehicles
  • Residential solid waste - Small load collection area for residents
  • Construction and demolition debris
  • Asbestos - Category I & II Non-Friable and class "A" Asbestos (Friable) (Special packaging and appointment is required.) Please call Citizens' Response Line at 1-800-404-7080 or click here for Asbestos Policy.
  • White Goods - (Refrigerators, air conditioners, and other appliances) Refrigerant is removed by licensed technicians and scrap metals are recycled.
  • Tires
  • Household Yard Waste - Residents can dispose of grass, leaves, branches, and shrubs.
  • For other items and special wastes, call the Citizens' Response Line at 1-800-404-7080 or click here for the Special Waste Policy.

User Fees:

Click here for DSWA's Landfill & Transfer Station user fees printable PDF - fees effective July 1, 2015.

  • Private car or station wagon - $7.50
  • Pick-ups, vans, trailers, etc. with waste weighing less than 160 lbs. - $7.50
  • Pick-ups, vans, trailers, etc. with waste weighing more than 160 lbs. - $85.50/ton pro-rated
  • Packer trucks/other large vehicles - $88.50/ton pro-rated
  • Tires- $240.00/ton pro-rated

Small Load Collection Area

Cherry Island accepts household waste from residents at the small load collection area. This area is located away from the active landfill, just behind the scale house.

Recycling Drop-Off Centers

Residents using the Cherry Island Landfill are encouraged to use the Drop-Off Centers in their communities before disposing of household waste.

To find the nearest Drop-Off Center, use the search form here on this website, or call the CITIZENS' RESPONSE LINE at 1-800-404-7080.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program

For information on Household Hazardous Waste Collection, click here.

Collection Event Schedule is Here.



For information on the Citizens' Advisory Board, click here.



View current photos of expansion project status by clicking here.

View artist's rendering of proposed expansion (rendering).

View DSWA's Public Meeting Presentation (PDF)

2012 OCEA Award of Merit (video)

Cherry Island Landfill
Expansion Brochure
(1.8MB PDF)


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