Delaware Solid Waste Authority
1128 South Bradford Street
Post Office Box 455
Dover, Delaware 19903-0455
Information on Delaware's Universal Recycling Program
Universal Recycling is a State Law, which requires all trash haulers, including municipalities, to provide single-stream curbside recycling service to their customers by delivering an appropriate sized recycling cart and collecting recycling at least once every two weeks. If you are interested in reading the Universal Recycling law in its entirety please click here.
Each trash hauler is required to provide recycling collection at least once every two weeks. To view this list please click here.
Listed below are the materials that should be placed in your Curbside Recycling Cart. Items should be placed in loose and not in trash bags.
*It is recommended that plastic bags be returned to a store where plastic bags are used. Every store that supplies plastic bags will have a receptacle to recycle them. *
The chart above is a great resource to have in your home and easily display for your family or guests what can be recycled in your home. This chart can be found in the 'How to Recycle' guide which was created by DSWA and the Department of Natural Recourses and Environmental Control. The 'How To' guide provides not a only a great resource for determining what is and is not acceptable to recycle in Delaware, but information on other things that can be recycled outside of your curbside collection, or ways to dispose of things like Hazardous Waste probably. This guide can be downloaded by clicking the picture below or request a hard copy by calling the DSWA Citizens' Response line at 1-800-404-7080.
Material collected at DSWA Drop-Off Centers or through various curbside recycling collections is transported to either the Delaware Recycling Center (DRC) or the Milford Transfer Station. All DSWA curbside recycling materials are taken to one or the other depending on the pick-up location. Recyclables are then loaded into a transfer trailer (a large truck designed for transfer of large amounts of material), the recycling is taken to a sorting facility also known a Material Recovery Facilities (MRF). A MRF uses a system of sorting mechanisms, which can separate the recyclables into individual material groups such as paper products, plastic, glass etc. This prepares the material to be sent to their respective market. Once the material is separated into its individual groups, it is then baled. A baling system puts a large amount of the same material together typically in a square shape to be sent to the actual recycling facility, which turns material into a new product.
ReCommunity, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a leading recycling, recovery and repowering company that is focused on dramatically reducing the volume of land-filled waste through conversion into useful products such as recycled commodities, low-carbon energy, engineered feedstock, bio-fuels and other value-added recycled products. ReCommunity has designed a wonderful education website to show everyone exactly how a MRF operates.
Click below to take a Virtual Tour of a Materials Recovery Facility
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