Delaware Solid Waste Authority

You may not know us, but we’re people just like you. We’ve been working together since 1975, helping to keep Delaware safe and clean without using tax dollars.

Taking Care of Delaware’s Trash…

Here's How We do It:

  • Innovative Technology

    DSWA leads the way! We’re known throughout the world for our integrated solid waste management system.

  • Looking Toward the Future

    The DSWA Statewide Solid Waste Management Plan takes us through the year 2020, it includes a reliable system to handle Delaware’s trash – for now and for the future. So as we celebrate over 40 years of solid waste management, please join us today in sharing our commitment to Delaware’s tomorrow.

  • Energy from Trash

    Methane gas collected from decomposing trash at all three of DSWA landfills is used to generate electricity.

  • Education

    DSWA is making a commitment to educate Delaware’s citizens. Unique education programs are offered to Delawares school children and the Environmental Education Building at the Delaware Recycling Center is a valuable resource. Our Citizens’ Response Line makes calling us easy for you and helps us to be more responsive.

  • Recycling

    Together, we have made voluntary recycling a success story in Delaware.  DSWA’s Recycling Drop-Off Centers can be utilized statewide by all Delaware Residents.

  • Special Recycling Programs

    We’re partners in keeping your home and community safe. When you have hazardous household products, old electronic devices, or used motor oil and oil filters, we provide a safe way of recycling these unwanted items. We work to recycle these materials through safe, convenient collection programs.

  • Modern Landfills

    The trash you throw away is safely disposed in one of three DSWA landfills. DSWA’s landfills are carefully designed and constructed to protect the groundwater, control odors from decomposing trash, and provide a reliable, efficient means of disposal. DSWA landfills are recognized throughout the world for innovative technology and research.

  • Collection Stations

    Residents of rural areas can toss bagged household trash at one of five DSWA Collection Stations. By paying per bag, you pay only for what you throw away. If you recycle first, you can save even more while helping the environment.

  • Transfer Stations

    Trash collectors and residents can bring trash to any of three Transfer Stations eliminating the need to travel further to a DSWA landfill.