DSWA Announces Changes To Recycling Drop-Off Program

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) has provided Drop-Off Center recycling services since 1990.  Throughout those 26 years DSWA has had to adapt and make many changes to recycling programs based on changing recycling market conditions and the needs of Delaware citizens. The Universal Recycling Law has provided the opportunity for curbside recycling for every home in Delaware; this has significantly decreased the participation of recyclers at Drop-Off Centers. Over the last few years the increased amount of illegal dumping at Drop-Off Centers statewide has caused serious problems for DSWA staff and to the property owners where the centers are located. An even more difficult problem is the large increase of household trash that is being dumped into the bins at the centers which is causing the contamination of the recyclable materials. Once good recyclables are contaminated with trash it prevents the good material from being recycled. These problems coupled with an increase in the request for other services like household hazardous waste collection, electronics recycling and paper shredding, has caused DSWA to develop a new structure for its Recycling Drop-Off program which we are working to have in place by the late summer of 2017;

  • DSWA will have 4 Drop-Off Centers located at; the Cheswold Collection Station, the Delaware Recycling Center in New Castle, Jones Crossroads Landfill in Georgetown and a brand new center located in the Newark area. These centers will be opened 8:30 to 3:30 Mon-Sat to collect; electronics, single stream recycling, cardboard, household batteries, used oil and oil filters and Styrofoam. There will also be a household hazardous waste event once a week and a paper shredding/ latex paint collection event once a month at each location.
  • There will be 9 additional Drop-Off Centers located at DSWA facilities throughout the State. These centers will be open 8:30-3:30 Mon – Sat to collect; single stream recycling, cardboard, household batteries, used oil and oil filters
  • Current Drop-Off centers which are not located at DSWA facilities will eventually be removed. DSWA will post a sign at each center with an exact date prior to the site being removed. To get up to date locations of centers you can use the Drop-off Center locator at dswa.com.
  • DSWA will continue to provide Special Collection events for the collection of household hazardous waste, electronics recycling and paper shredding at no cost to Delaware residents.

DSWA believes by placing the Recycling Drop-Off Centers at DSWA Facilities, it will still be convenient for residents who self-haul their own waste and recycling. DSWA will continue to provide all these recycling services at no cost to Delaware residents. DSWA expects these changes will continue our mission of providing cost-effective plans and programs for solid waste management which best serve Delaware and protect our public health and environment.

If you would like to hear more information about these upcoming changes please contact DSWA’s Citizens’ Response Line at 1-800-404-7080 or visit dswa.com to learn more about other DSWA programs and facilities.



Document Shredding Program Starts at the Cheswold Collection Station

Beginning July 1, 2016, The Delaware Solid Waste Authority will begin a document shredding pilot program at the Cheswold Collection Station.  On the first Friday of each month from 10am-2pm residents will be able to bring personal documents for shredding.  Shredding will only take place on the first Friday of each month at the Cheswold Collection Station only and will coincide with the collection of electronics and household hazardous waste which will continue to take place every Friday.

DSWA’s Lynsey Kocenko Named to Waste360’s First Annual 40 Under 40 Award List

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority and its Board of Directors are pleased to announce that Lynsey B. Kocenko, P.E., BCEE has been named to the Waste360’s first annual 40 Under 40 awards list, which showcases the next generation of leaders in the waste and recycling space who are shaping the future of the industry.

Ms. Lynsey B. Kocenko, P.E., BCEE is a civil engineering professional with thirteen (13) years’ experience in the solid waste management field.  She received her Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware in May 2006 and her Masters of Civil Engineering with a concentration in Geotechnical Engineering (Cum Laude) in May 2011. Ms. Kocenko became certified as a Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering from the Delaware Association of Professional Engineers in July 2011 and became a Board Certified Environmental Engineer from the State of Delaware American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists in October 2014. Her background includes experience in geotechnical engineering, environmental regulations, permitting, landfill and solid waste systems design, construction and operation.  She is the Facility Manager at the Cherry Island Landfill, Pigeon Point Landfill and Pine Tree Corners Transfer Station with the Delaware Solid Waste Authority.

Ms. Kocenko has been a SWANA member for more than ten years and currently serves on the Young Professional Steering Committee as the International Board Representative and Secretary and is also the Landfill Management Division Young Professional Representative.  She also serves on the Landfill Management Awards, Rules and Regulations, and Training Committees. Ms. Kocenko is very involved in SWANA’s national events and has been a Proctor, Moderator, Emcee, Ignite Presenter, and Awards Presenter. Ms. Kocenko is a SWANA certified Manager of Landfill Operations.

Ms. Kocenko is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and American Academy of Environmental Engineers where she serves on the Qualifications Based Selection Committee.  She is also an International Solid Waste Association Young Professional Member. She is a Women in Engineering Mentor for the University of Delaware and a guest lecturer at the University of Delaware and Villanova University.

“We are passionate about the waste, recycling and organic industry and we believe our list of winners will make a significant mark on our industry,” said Waste360 Editorial Director, David Bodamer. “We congratulate all of the professionals we’ve recognized, and we look forward to watching them chart the course for the industry in the years to come.”

The Waste360 40 Under 40 awards program recognizes inspiring and innovative professionals under the age of 40 whose work in the waste, recycling and organics industry has made a significant contribution to the industry. The winners are involved in every part of the waste and recycling industry, including haulers, municipalities, composters, recycling professionals, policy makers and product suppliers.

“We are extremely proud of Lynsey, she is a talented engineer and a natural leader with a very bright future.” said DSWA Chief Operating Officer, Robin Roddy

A panel of expert judges from Waste360 evaluated the nominations and consulted with an external advisor to select the finalists and winners.

Ms. Kocenko will be formally recognized at WasteExpo, North America’s largest solid waste, recycling and organics industry event in June.

For more information about DSWA our programs or facilities, please contact the Citizens’ Response Line 1-800-404-7080 or visit www.dswa.com.


DSWA participates in world record attempt for largest plastic bag ball

On Saturday, April 23 the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) participated in with Delaware Sierra Club and BringYourOwnBag Delaware at an attempt at the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Plastic Bag Ball!  Many local schools, churches and other organizations had been collecting “single-use” plastic shopping bags for several weeks and delivered those bags on Saturday to the Riverfront in Wilmington, where the plastic bag ball was created.  Over 52,000 plastics bags were contributed to the event.  The goal was to create a ball weighing at least 220 pounds, but by the end of the day the group had exceeded that goal and finished a ball weighing 340 pounds.  The goal of the record-setting event was to raise awareness about plastic pollution.


From now until June the world largest plastic bag ball will be on display at DSWA’s Environmental Education Building in New Castle afterwards the ball will be sent to Trex, who creates eco-friendly decking.


DSWA responds to Barley Mill Plaza Event; New Paper Shredding Event Scheduled

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority would like to extend its apologies to the residents of Delaware who attended the April 2 collection event at Barley Mill Plaza in Wilmington  We understand that wait times were long and that we were unable to service everyone.  We serviced 1,030 cars during the event from 8am-2pm; the Delaware Solid Waste Authority has been providing these collection events for residents for many years and the April 2 event far exceeded any expectation we had for any event.  While other events can get busy, the Barley Mill Plaza event was the exception to how these events typically operate.

At one point during the event we were unable to accept any more documents for shredding because we had exceeded the capacity of the trucks; because of this our vendor, ShredOne will be setting up a paper shredding only event on Sunday, April 17 from 8am-2pm again at Barley Mill Plaza.

Please know that we are taking what we learned from the April 2 event and making sure we apply these changes to our future events.  DSWA is providing 16 Saturday collection events throughout 2016, and, in addition, has weekly collection events for household hazardous waste and electronics in each county.  To check out our 2016 schedule please visit www.dswa.com

For more information on DSWA, its programs or facilities, please visit www.dswa.com or call the Citizens’ Response Line at 1-800-404-7080.

Document Shredding Pilot Program at the Delaware Recycling Center

Beginning January 6, 2016, The Delaware Solid Waste Authority will begin a document shredding pilot program at the Delaware Recycling Center.  On the first Wednesday of each month from 10am-2pm residents will be able to bring personal documents for shredding.  Shredding will only take place on the first Wednesday of each month at the Delaware Recycling Center only and will coincide with the collection of electronics and household hazardous waste which will continue to take place every Wednesday.

No Weekly Collection Event At The Cheswold Collection Station On Christmas Day Or New Years Day

There will be no weekly collection of Household Hazardous Waste or Electronic Goods at the Cheswold Collection Station on Friday, December 25 or Friday, January 1.

DSWA CEO Named University of Delaware’s Outstanding Alumni

Rick Web 2014The Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) is proud to announce that it’s Chief Executive Officer, Richard P. Watson P.E., BCEE has been selected as a one of the University of Delaware’s 2015 Outstanding Alumni. The Outstanding Alumni Awards are presented annually to an alumnus and alumna in recognition of their exemplary work on behalf of the University of Delaware. For over 50 years, the University of Delaware Alumni Association has honored University graduates with this award. The DSWA’s Board of Directors appointed Mr. Watson as the DSWA Chief Executive Officer in 2013. Mr. Watson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Clarkson University and a Masters of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Delaware. He has been a part of the DSWA staff since 1981, where he first served as a project engineer for Delaware’s first double lined sanitary landfill. He is a Professional Engineer in Delaware, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer with the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, and is the first United States International Waste Manager for the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA). Mr. Watson has led instruction in landfill design and operation for the ISWA and served as Past President of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America. In addition, Mr. Watson has served as an Environmental Engineering Program evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and currently serves as President of the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC). As Chief Executive Officer, he is responsible for a wide range of duties, including planning, organizing, and implementing all programs, budgets, and operations for the DSWA.


Safely Dispose of Medications at Collection Sites Across Delaware

There are now 8 collection sites to safely dispose of unused, expired or unwanted medications across Delaware. These locations are availale 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information visit www.DelawareHealthyHomes.org.

New Castle County Kent County Sussex County
Newark Police Station
220 S. Main Street
Newark, DE 19711
Dover Police Department
400 S. Queen Street
Dover, DE 19904
Selbyville Police Department
68 W. Church Street
Selbyville, DE 19952
New Castle County Police
3601 N. Dupont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720
Smyrna Police Department
325 W. Glenwood Avenue
Smyrna, DE 19977
Greenwood Police Department
100 W. Market Street
Greenwood, DE 19950
Camden Police Department
1783 Friends Way
Camden, DE 19934
Harrington Police Department
20 Mechanic Street
Harrington, DE 19952


DSWA Announces Changes to Board of Directors

Ryan Web 2014 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.