More Questions? Call our CITIZENS’ RESPONSE LINE at 1-800-404-7080.

More Questions? Call our CITIZENS’ RESPONSE LINE at 1-800-404-7080.

  • What is Universal recycling?

    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.

  • Do I have to use my recycling cart?

    No, the law does not require you to recycle, but the intention of the law is to make recycling convenient to residents by providing curbside service. Trash haulers must provide EVERY customer a recycling cart regardless if they want to participate. Trash companies may or may not increase their charge for this service but they must provide both services for a set price.

  • What is single-stream recycling?

    Single-Stream recycling is a recycling process in which materials are collected all mixed together with no sorting required by the customer. So cans and bottles can be recycled together with newspaper, cardboard, etc. Once collected the recyclables will be taken to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and separated.

  • What happens at a MRF?

    A MRF uses a system of sorting mechanisms, which can separate the recyclables into individual material groups in preparation for sending to their respective market.

  • What exactly can I put into my single-stream cart?

    The list below shows the main categories of acceptable materials for your single-stream cart.
    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)
    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.

    If you have a question about whether a product can be included, please call the Citizens’ Response Line at 1-800-404-7080.

  • Should I put recyclables into bags then into my single-stream cart?

    No, plastic bags cannot be processed through a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).

  • Where can I recycle plastic bags?

    Plastic bags can be brought back to the store where you got them from. Delaware state law requires stores to have recycling recepticles for plastic bags.