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.