The information below outlines the upcoming changes to DSWA’s 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

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New Program Highlights: 

  • 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 the Newark area. These centers will be opened 8:30 to 3:30 Monday-Saturday 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 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 during business hours 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 .
  • 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.

Single Stream Drop-Off Sites will continue to collect;
  • Newspapers/ Brown Paper Bags
  • Magazines/Catalogs
  • Telephone/Soft Cover Books
  • Junk Mail/Envelopes (all types)
  • Paper
  • Paperboard (cereal/tissue boxes)
  • Cardboard
  • Glass Bottles/Jars (any color)
  • Aseptic Containers and Cartons
  • Metal Cans (tin/steel/aluminum)
  • #1 PET plastic food and beverage containers.
  • #2 HDPE plastic food and beverage containers. No motor oil or anti-freeze containers.
    – HDPE Mixed Rigid Plastics- kitty litter containers, small plastic buckets (up to 5 gallon), milk crates, small toys, and plastic trays.
  • #4 LDPE butter tubs, sour cream containers, and margarine tubs.
  • #5 Polypropylene yogurt containers, cottage cheese containers
  • #7 Mixed plastics various containers. Cartons and aseptic containers- juice boxes, orange juice and milk cartons.

As well as, Household Batteries, Motor Oil and Oil Filters. These types of materials will continue to be collected in separate containers due to their size or special nature.

DSWA no longer collects textiles at its Recycling Drop-Off Centers.  There many locations throughout Delaware to donate used clothing and other household textiles, such as non-profit and community groups as well special containers set up around the State.

Please note that the Recycling Drop-off Centers are provided for use by Delaware residents for household recycling only. Businesses wishing to recycle should contact ReCommunity at 302-778-9793 to set up an account for dropping off recyclables or contact a commercial trash/recycling hauler to set up a contract for the collection of recyclables. 

Find A Recycling Drop-Off Center

If you have any questions about this program, please contact the CITIZENS’ RESPONSE LINE at 1-800-404-7080.