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DSWA Memorial Day Schedule
Cherry Island Landfill Closed
Sandtown Landfill Closed
Jones Crossroads Landfill Closing at 1pm.
Household Hazardous Waste/Electronics Collection also ending at 1pm
Pine Tree Corners Transfer Station Closed
Milford Transfer Station Closed
Rt. 5 Transfer Station Closing at 11am
Collection Stations Closed
Delaware Recycling Center Closed
DSWA Administrative Office Closed

DSWA Upcoming Events Schedule


The Delaware Solid Waste Authority is proud to host special events throughout the year. These events include, Household Hazardous Waste Collection, Electronic Goods Recycling, Paper Shredding, Latex Paint Collection and Educational Outreach. Below you will find a schedule of upcoming events. For a complete list of all 2015 events click here

Household Hazardous Waste/Electronic Goods/Paper Shredding

    May 30
    Delaware City, Fort DuPont Parade Grounds (Formally Governor Bacon Center)

Household Hazardous Waste/Electronic Goods/Paper Shredding

    June 6
    University of Delaware STAR Campus, 550 S. College Avenue, Newark, DE

Household Hazardous Waste/Electronic Goods/Paper Shredding

    July 11
    St. Anne's Episcopal School, 211 Silver Lake Road Middletown, DE

Household Hazardous Waste/Electronic Goods/Paper Shredding

    August 1
    Blue Hen Corporate Center 655 S. Bay Road Dover, DE

Governor Markell Appoints New Member to DSWA Board


The Delaware Solid Waste Authority and its Board of Directors are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Michael R. Paraskewich, Jr, PhD, P.E to its Board of Directors. Mr. Paraskewich replaces Mr. Theodore Ryan whose term had come to an end. Mr. Paraskewich comes to DSWA as the current Vice President and Director of Research and Design The PELSA Company of Newark. He is a Professional Engineer licensed in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Mr. Paraskewich received his Bachelors of Civil Engineering from Villanova University in 1995, as well as his Masters of Civil Engineering from Villanova in 1997 and completed his PhD in Geography and Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2008. DSWA's Chairman of the Board, Mr. Gerard Esposito said "Michael's credentials speak for themselves. As members of the Senate's Executive Committee remarked in his Confirmation Hearing, DSWA is very fortunate to have a man with Michaels's experience, background, and expertise to volunteer to serve on this non-paying Board.

DSWA Announces Changes to Board of Directors


On Wednesday, March 25, 2015 it was announced that long time Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) Board of Director member Theodore (Toby) Ryan would not be extending his term as part of the Board. Mr. Ryan has been a member of the DSWA Board of Directors since his appointment in January 1979. During that 36-year period he has served as Chairman of the Citizen's Affairs Committee since 2005. Following his last Board meeting with DSWA, Mr. Ryan was awarded the Order of the First State by Governor Jack Markell. The award is the highest honor for meritorious service granted by the governor. During his time with DSWA Mr. Ryan also served as the President of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Delaware from 1973-1979, as the Regional Director and Labors Relations for the U.S Department of Housing & Urban Development for Region III from 1979-1985 and served as President of the New Castle County Council from 1993-1996. Mr. Ryan's commitment and passion for service to the Delaware Solid Waste Authority is unmatched. In the early 1990's he was very instrumental in the construction of the Pine Tree Corners Transfer Station, which helped provided convenient waste disposal options for southern New Castle County and since it's success has prompted the construction of two more DSWA Transfer Stations in Delaware. DSWA's Chairman of the Board, Mr. Gerard Esposito said "Toby Ryan has helped lead the DSWA with a steady hand for virtually its entire existence. For 36 years there has been no Board member who has so passionately advocated for and tirelessly given his time to the Authority. His enthusiasm, knowledge, and energy will be sorely missed." The Delaware Solid Waste Authority's Board of Directors and along with its staff wishes Mr. Ryan good health and happiness in his future pursuits.

Changes to the DSWA Board of Directors


The Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) and its Board of Directors are pleased to announce that Governor Jack Markell has appointed Mr. Gerard (Jerry) L. Esposito the new Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Esposito joined the DSWA Board of Directors in 2008 and he also currently serves as President of Tidewater Utilities, Inc. He began his career in 1976 as an Environmental Planner with the Coastal Sussex Environmental Protection Agency Water Quality Program. In 1978, he joined the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control where he held positions of increasing responsibility advancing to Deputy Director and then the Director of Delaware's Division of Water Resources, assuming administrative responsibility over all of the State's water pollution, water supply, water quality, wetlands, and environmental laboratory programs. Mr. Esposito joined Tidewater Utilities, Inc. in 1998 as Executive Vice President, and was elected President in 2002. He received his Bachelor of Science degree with High Honors from Rutgers University in Environmental Science and his Master of Science degree from the University of Delaware in Resource Economics. Mr. Esposito's community and civic involvement includes serving as Board member of 12 other non-profit and governmental organizations, including the Port of Wilmington's Diamond State Port Corporation, Better Business Bureau of Delaware, and Junior Achievement Delaware. This new appointment comes after former Chairman of the Board; Richard Pryor retired after 25 years of service to the Board of Directors, with 21 of those years spent as the Chairman.

Along with Mr. Esposito's appointment to Chairman, the Board is happy to announce that Mr. Norman D. Griffiths has been nominated and accepted the open position on the Board of Directors. Mr. Griffiths has been an attorney in the Legal Department of DuPont since 1983. He now works for Chemours Legal. Mr. Griffiths received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from American University in Washington, D.C. in 1980 and his juris doctorate degree from Catholic University Columbus School of Law in 1983. He was elected to the Wilmington City Council in 1992 and served the residents of the Second Council District until 2008. He was elected President of the Wilmington City Council in 2008 and retired from City Council in 2013. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Delaware Technical and Community College and a member of the Board of Directors of Westside Family Healthcare, Inc. He has served on several other boards in the past including the Delaware Community Foundation, WEDCO and the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League. The Delaware Solid Waste Authority is happy to welcome Mr. Griffiths to its Board of Directors and looks forward to working with him.

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority's Board of Directors is comprised of seven Delaware residents representing The City of Wilmington and the three counties. With the exception of its Chairman, who serves at the pleasure of the Governor, the Board is appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate for three-year terms. Being a Board Member takes a strong commitment given that they serve as a working group, attending meetings, public hearings, workshops, and much more. The Board of Directors sets policies and makes decisions regarding current operations, programs, and planning.

Chairman of the Board Resigns



After 25 years of service and 21 years as Chairman of the Board, Mr. Richard Pryor has announced his resignation from the DSWA Board of Directors. Mr. Pryor's passion and commitment at the helm of DSWA's Board helped see the Authority through many changes and challenges over the years. At the time of his resignation Mr. Pryor said "these last 25 years as a member of the Board of Directors and the past 21 years as Chairman have been sweetly satisfying as together we have met challenges great and small with integrity, persistence, respectful debate and ultimate success." The DSWA staff and Board of Directors are thankful for the time and energy Mr. Pryor gave to DSWA and wish him good health and happiness in his future pursuits.


Electronic Goods Recycling Program Change


Beginning Monday, September 8 electronics waste will only be collected on specific days at select facilities. DSWA will also pair the electronics collection with household hazardous waste collection on the same days and at the same facilities. The weekly collections will be held as follows from 10am-2pm:

Monday-Jones Crossroads Landfill (Sussex County)

Wednesday- Delaware Recycling Center (New Castle County)

Friday- Cheswold Collection Station (Kent County)

In addition, to further help meet the demand of electronics recycling in 2015 DSWA will add extra Saturday collection events.

Businesses with Electronics Waste to recycle should contact:
ECOvanta, LLC
2209 South 58th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19413
Phone- 215-921-7508

For more information please contact the Citizens' Response Line at 1-800-404-7080

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