Changes to NCC Recycling Centers

DSWA’s new Newark Recycling Center is slated to open in early July. This center will feature single stream recycling bins, Styrofoam recycling, 6-day a week Electronics Recycling, weekly Household Hazardous Waste Collection and monthly paper shredding. The new center is located at 470 Corporate Blvd, Newark inside of the Pencader Business Park. In 2017, DSWA began a restructuring of its Recycling Drop-Off Centers with the goal of providing locations with more services and that can be staffed by DSWA during business hours. Continuing with this plan the following locations will be removed on June 30, 2020;

-Lantana Square
-Phillips Park
-Glasgow High School
 

If you would like 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.

Delaware Solid Waste Authority Receives Leader in Sustainability Award

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) is a proud recipient of the Call2Recycle 2019 Leader in Sustainability Award. This award recognizes the top performing Call2Recycle program participants for their commitment to battery recycling. More than 7.5 million pounds of batteries were collected in the Call2Recycle program in 2019, a feat that was made possible by DSWA’s engagement in battery recycling.

“The encouragement and promotion of sustainability has been greatly intensified by the active participation of DSWA’s in the Call2Recycle Program” said Carl Smith, CEO & President of Call2Recycle, Inc. “We’re proud to recognize DSWA as a 2019 leader in sustainability.”

Collecting batteries for recycling is an easy and safe way to make a difference, one that conserves natural resources and protects the planet for future generations. All consumer batteries should be recycled once they reach their end-of-life.

About Call2Recycle, Inc.

Call2Recycle, Inc. is committed to protecting and preserving the environment through collecting and recycling consumer batteries and cellphones. Founded in 1994, the not-for-profit organization works on behalf of stakeholders to provide its consumer battery recycling program to consumers across the U.S. Call2Recycle is the country’s first and largest consumer battery recycling program which has diverted more than 123 million pounds of batteries from landfill since its inception in 1994. Visit call2recycle.org.

Delaware Solid Waste Authority John P. “Pat” Healy Scholarship

DSWA offers an annual scholarship to qualified students entering Environmental Engineering or Environmental Science majors at a Delaware College or University. This scholarship has been named in honor of John P. “Pat” Healy. This scholarship is awarded to Delaware residents based on financial need, academic performance, community and school involvement, and leadership ability.

Two college scholarships to be awarded will be in the amounts of $2,500 for first place recipient and $1,500 for second place recipient.  The scholarships will be awarded to a full-time student who must major in either environmental engineering or environmental sciences at an accredited university or college located in the State of Delaware.  Students will be eligible for up to four years of undergraduate study upon reapplying, meeting the requirements, and being selected.  Applications will be accepted year-round; the application deadline is April 30th of each year.  The chosen applicant will be notified of their award by June 15th.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a legal resident of Delaware and U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen who are high school seniors or full-time college students in their freshman or sophomore years
  • Must major in either engineering or environmental sciences at an accredited university or college located in the State of Delaware
  • Must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to the application deadline

Awards for the 2020-2021 Academic Year:

$2,500 for first place recipient

$1,500 for second place recipient

Renewable for up to three additional years if a 3.0 GPA is maintained

A formal presentation will be made by the Delaware Solid Waste Authority to the recipients

Criteria: Applicants will be based on financial need, academic performance, community or school involvement, and leadership ability.  All applicants shall be in the top 25% of their class in high school, and maintain 3.0 grade point average in college.  The award will be sent directly to the college in which the student is enrolled.  All applicants must submit an essay of 500 words, or less, describing their personal goals and reason they feel they are deserving of this award.

Scholarship awardees must submit proof that 3.0 GPA has been maintained for each of the 3 subsequent years following initial scholarship award.

Application Process:

All applicants must submit the following items:

  • Completed application form (if hand-written, please print legibly)
  • Essay
  • High school seniors: an official high school transcript with cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, and a class standing/rank (if known)
  • Your application will be returned to you if these items are not attached to this application

Download a copy of the scholarship by clicking this link: Healy Scholarship Application

CHANGES COMING TO DSWA WEEKLY COLLECTION EVENTS IN NEW CASTLE COUNTY

Beginning January 1, 2020, the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) will be moving it’s weekly collection of Household Hazardous Waste at the Delaware Recycling Center in New Castle from every Wednesday to every Saturday. With this move DSWA will be able to extend the hours of collection to 8:30am-2pm each Saturday.  The 1st Saturday of each month DSWA will continue to hold a document shredding event from 8:30am-2pm. Electronics Goods will continue to be collected for recycling Monday-Friday 8:30am-3:30pm and Saturday 8:30am-2pm. Residents who frequent this event should find this move to make our collection events more efficient because of the reduced truck traffic on Saturdays. DSWA found the traffic created by this weekly collection plus residential recycling truck traffic was not helping to provide the level of service DSWA wanted for its customers. DSWA hopes this change will make it even easier for Delaware residents to use these collection services.

Looking forward DSWA is also very excited to be opening it’s awaited Newark Recycling Center this spring. This location will offer, single stream recycling bins, styrofoam recycling, 6-day a week Electronics Recycling, weekly Household Hazardous Waste Collection and monthly paper shredding. Be on the lookout for announcements about the opening this new center, coming to the Pencader Industrial Park over the next few months.

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

DSWA expands recycling services at Jones Crossroads Landfill

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) is excited to announce new expanded recycling services available at the Jones Crossroads Landfill  Beginning November, 2017 the staffed recycling center will be open Monday-Saturday 8:30am-3:30pm .  The facility will expand its services to offer electronics recycling 6 days a week and will continue to accept; single-stream recycling, cardboard recycling, oil and oil filter recycling, household batteries and Styrofoam packaging.  Residents will also be able to continue to drop off household hazardous waste every Monday from 10am-2pm, and bring personal documents for shredding the 1st Monday of each month from 10am-2pm

If you would like more information,  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.

DSWA expands services at Delaware Recycling Center

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) is excited to announce new expanded services available at the Delaware Recycling Center in New Castle.  Beginning June 1, 2017 the staffed recycling center will be open Monday-Friday 8:30am-3:30pm and Saturday 8:30am-2:00pm.  The facility will expand its services to offer electronics recycling 6 days a week and will continue to accept; single-stream recycling, cardboard recycling, oil and oil filter recycling, household batteries and Styrofoam packaging.  Residents will also be able to continue to drop off household hazardous waste every Wednesday from 10am-2pm. The 1st Wednesday of each month will include latex paint collection and document shedding collection from 10am-2pm. DSWA will also expand its household hazardous waste collection and document shredding to include the 1st Saturday of each month from 8:30am-2pm

DSWA will be celebrating the grand opening with a special event on June 17 from 10am-1pm.  Residents visiting the center that day will be treated to hot dogs and beverages, and live broadcasts from WDSD 94.7.

If you would like more information,  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.

DSWA Expands Services At Cheswold Collection Station

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) is excited to announce the grand opening of the Cheswold Collection Station Recycling Center.  Beginning May 1, 2017 the staffed recycling and household trash collection center will be open Monday-Saturday 8:30am-3:30pm. The facility will expand its services to offer the following services 6 days a week: bagged household trash collection, single-stream recycling, cardboard recycling, oil and oil filter recycling, household batteries, electronics recycling, as well a drop-off for Styrofoam packaging.  Residents will also be able to continue to drop off household hazardous waste every Friday from 10am-2pm. The 1st Friday of each month will include latex paint collection and document shredding from 10am-2pm.

DSWA will be celebrating the grand opening with a special event on May 13 from 10am-2pm.  Residents visiting the center that day will be treated to hot dogs and beverages, and appearances by local radio stations with special giveaways including tickets to the Firefly Music Festival.

In November, DSWA announced upcoming changes to the Recycling Drop-Off Program which included; the addition of 4 Staffed 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 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/ latex paint collection event once a month at each location. Also included are 9 additional Drop-Off Centers located at DSWA facilities throughout the State. These centers will be open 8:30-3:30 Monday – Saturday to collect; single stream recycling, cardboard, household batteries and used oil and oil filters. Other 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.

DSWA is excited to open it’s first of four staffed centers and bring these expanded services to the Cheswold Collection Station.

If you would like more information on the Special Grand Opening or more information on the Recycling Drop-Off program  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.

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.