DSWA Recycling Programs


DSWA has established a statewide uniform user fee system for its solid waste management system. The costs of all DSWA programs are clearly indicated as a fraction of the user fee. No direct or indirect subsidies from local, State, or Federal governments support any of DSWA's programs.

Recycling Drop Off Centers

The DSWA Drop-off Program is a voluntary source-separation recycling program. The first center was placed at the Jones Crossroads Landfill in 1990. The program has grown to over 140 brightly-colored centers throughout the State. Most centers are located within a five-mile radius of most households so residents can easily drop off recyclables on the way to work or shopping.



If you have a yard, you can probably use mulch. We can show you how easy it is to compost your yard waste and food scraps into mulch and reduce the amount you throw away by 15%. Compost is a mixture of decaying organic matter, such as grass, tree and shrub trimmings, and leaves. It is useful as a soil amendment material (instead of peat moss) and as mulch.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program

DSWA operates a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program free for all Delaware residents. Check the schedule for the next HHW collection event in your county.

DSWA encourages residents to utilize HHW Collection Events for handling fluorescent light bulbs.

Please Note: We no longer accept waste from Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators (CESQGs).

Electronic Goods Recycling Program

Delaware residents can participate in DSWA's Electronic Goods Recycling program to recycle, rather than throw away, their unwanted electronic products. Consider the benefits of recycling electronic goods. This Electronic Goods Recycling program lets homeowners conveniently drop-off their unwanted items for free at designated DSWA facilities statewide. Businesses can also drop-off unwanted Electronic items for a fee.

Oil Filter & Waste Oil Recycling Program

DSWA's Oil Filter Recycling Program is a statewide oil filter recycling program. DSWA provides containers for the collection of used motor oil and oil filters at several of its Drop-Off Centers. Because these containers are not available at all centers, please call the Citizens’ Response Line at 1-800-404-7080 for a complete list.

Bulky Waste Programs

DSWA consistently strives to design innovative internal recycling solutions to help create a safe environment for our future. Many items accepted at our landfills or transfer stations are recycled as well.

Landfill Gas To Green Power

DSWA collects the naturally occurring landfill gas (LFG) at all three of its landfills. The landfill gas is collected and burned with conventional fossil fuels, to help generate green power while using fewer natural resources.


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