Drug Takeback Day

Keep your home and family safe. Dispose of expired or unneeded prescription drugs at the annual DEA Drug Takeback Day, this Saturday, October 29th from 10am-2pm. Local police departments and other DEA-sanctioned locations will safely collect and dispose of any unwanted medications. Find a collection site near you: https://deatakeback.com/

Collection Event Location Change

ATTENTION: The Collection Event scheduled for Long Neck Elementary on October 22 has been moved to Love Creek Elementary, the new address is 19488 John J Williams Hwy, Lewes, De 19958.

DSWA selected as Resiliency Award Winner

DSWA is proud to have been selected as a Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) 2022 COVID-19 Resiliency Award Winner. SWANA’s COVID-19 Resiliency award was been created to recognize organization’s that have adapted to working during the pandemic

DSWA was chosen for its focus on testing and vaccination. They held numerous vaccination clinics for employees and contractors and implemented a vaccination/testing policy aimed at reducing the spread of the disease. Clinics also offered additional vaccinations such as tetanus, pneumonia, flu, hepatitis, and shingles.

Delaware Enhanced Plastic Bag Ban

Today, Delaware’s enhanced plastic carryout bag ban goes into effect. All retailers are required to discontinue the use of plastic bags at checkout. They are not required to provide any alternatives. Make sure you’re prepared by bringing reusable bags with you. If you have questions please visit https://de.gov/bags.

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


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.