DSWA Upcoming Events Schedule


The Delaware Solid Waste Authority is proud to host special events through out the year. These events include, Household Hazardous Waste Collection, Electronic Goods Recycling, Paper Shredding and Educational Outreach. Below you will find a schedule of the most recent upcoming events.

Household Hazardous Waste/Electronic Goods/Paper Shredding


DSWA CEO Announces Retirement, New Leadership Selected by Board of Directors

Pasquale S. (“Pat”) Canzano, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (“DSWA”) for the past seven years recently informed the Board of Directors of his intention to retire, effective January 1, 2014. Mr. Canzano was hired by DSWA, as part of the original management structure, shortly after its creation 38 years ago. The Board accepted Mr. Canzano’s decision with mixed feelings, recognizing his extraordinary leadership service during the extended global economic struggles of the past six years combined with rapidly developing technological and business-model changes within the waste industry generally. At the same time, though missing him keenly, the Board wishes Mr. Canzano long, healthy, enjoyable and well-deserved retirement with his wife Joyce and their family.

With Mr. Canzano’s retirement, the Board is pleased to announce that following a rigorous internal process of solicitation and review, it has appointed DSWA’s current Chief Operating Officer (COO), Richard P. Watson to succeed Pat as the next CEO of the Authority, likewise effective January 1, 2014. A Delaware Registered Professional Engineer with a Master’s Degree in Engineering, Mr. Watson began his career with DSWA as an engineer in 1981, holding increasingly responsible positions ever since.

To complete the composition of DSWA’s new senior management leadership, the Board is delighted to announce its selection of Ms. Robin Roddy to succeed Mr. Watson as COO, also effective January 1, 2014. A Delaware Registered Professional Engineer, Ms. Roddy has been professionally employed with the Authority for 18 years and is currently the Senior Facility Manager of the Cherry Island Landfill.


Delaware Solid Waste Authority Kicks Off Poster Contest

Trash Can Dan and the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) would like to invite Delaware students grades K-12 to participate in a poster contest. DSWA is asking students to show how they Celebrate Recycling. Students should draw a picture to show how they can help keep Delaware beautiful by recycling. One winner from each grade, K-12 will be featured on the wall of DSWA’s Environmental Education Building. They will receive their drawing in a recycled frame and additional copies to be displayed around their school. Winners will be announced on America Recycles Day, November 15, 2013.

All posters must be drawn on standard 8.5” x 11” white paper (no lined or colored paper will be accepted). Drawings should support the contest theme and should include a title and brief summary of the picture. Pencils, crayons, pens, markers, paints, or chalk may be used (chalk entries should be sprayed to prevent smearing). No three-dimensional entries will be accepted. Nothing may be glued, taped, stapled, or attached to the poster. Entries cannot be laminated and photographs will not be accepted. Each student may submit only one entry and each entry must be the original work of only one student. All entries must clearly state on the back of the poster: student’s name, address, phone number, grade level, school name, title of work, and brief description of design. Entries will be judged on originality, artistic merit, and expression of theme. Entries will not be returned. All entries must be postmarked by November 1, 2013. Please mail entries to DSWA POSTER CONTEST, 1101 Lambson Lane, New Castle, DE 19720. For more information about the poster contest or to request a full description of the rules, please call DSWA’s Citizens’ Response Line at 1-800-404-7080.


Delaware Solid Waste Authority Celebrates The Opening of Two New Facilities
Delaware Solid Waste Authority Celebrates The Opening of Two New Facilities

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) and its partner company ReCommunity celebrated two large events over the last few weeks. On August 29, DSWA and ReCommunity celebrated the grand opening of ReCommunity’s 35th Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) located at the Delaware Recycling Center in New Castle, Delaware. ReCommunity has invested 15 million dollars to repurpose an existing 64,000 square foot building at the Delaware Recycling Center, and installed state-of-the art sorting equipment to process single stream recyclables which include aluminum, plastics, and paper, cardboard, tin and glass collected from throughout Delaware. At full capacity, the MRF can process 160,000 tons of recyclables a year and will save 218,587 cubic yards of landfill space and avoid 1,806,539 gallons of wastewater from getting into landfills. DSWA was able to commemorate the event alongside Delaware Governor Jack Markell, ReCommunity CEO James Devlin, Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Shawn Garvin, members of the Recycling Public Advisory Council and other elected officials.

On September 7, DSWA and ReCommunity celebrated once again, this time welcoming the public to the new DSWA Environmental Education Building and allowing the public to view to the newest MRF opened by ReCommunity. Close to 1,000 people attended the event that had something for everything, from inflatables, to face painting and free hot dogs! Community Day provided DSWA and ReCommunity the opportunity show Delaware exactly what is happening to their recyclables once it leaves the curb and to highlight the educational programs available through DSWA.

If you would like more information on the new DSWA Environmental Education Building or on the new ReCommunity MRF, please call the Citizens' Response Line at 1-800-404-7080.


DSWA Employees Place in Mid-Atlantic Regional Road-E-O Competition

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority is very proud to announce that Carl (CJ) Schirmer, a Sr. Landfill Operations Forman and Neville (Lynn) Wright an Operations Skilled Laborer at the Jones Crossroads Landfill both placed in the annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Equipment Road-E-O. CJ placed 1st in the bulldozer competition and 1st overall. Lynn placed 3rd in the articulating truck competition. Nearly three-dozen equipment operators from landfills across the Mid-Atlantic region pitted their skills against each other June 7, in the Solid Waste Association of America's regional Road-E-O competition at the Mid-Shore II Regional facility outside Ridgely, Maryland.

Operators from Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland competed by taking written tests and then driving five different pieces of equipment through marked obstacle courses, simulating everyday encounters. CJ will now head to Denton, Texas for the Nationals Road-E-O competition. DSWA is very proud if it’s employee and wishes him good luck in the National competition.

If you are interested in more information on DSWA, its facilities or programs please contact the Citizens’ Response Line 1-800-404-7080 or visit


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