DSWA participates in world record attempt for largest plastic bag ball

On Saturday, April 23 the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) participated in with Delaware Sierra Club and BringYourOwnBag Delaware at an attempt at the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Plastic Bag Ball!  Many local schools, churches and other organizations had been collecting “single-use” plastic shopping bags for several weeks and delivered those bags on Saturday to the Riverfront in Wilmington, where the plastic bag ball was created.  Over 52,000 plastics bags were contributed to the event.  The goal was to create a ball weighing at least 220 pounds, but by the end of the day the group had exceeded that goal and finished a ball weighing 340 pounds.  The goal of the record-setting event was to raise awareness about plastic pollution.


From now until June the world largest plastic bag ball will be on display at DSWA’s Environmental Education Building in New Castle afterwards the ball will be sent to Trex, who creates eco-friendly decking.


DSWA responds to Barley Mill Plaza Event; New Paper Shredding Event Scheduled

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority would like to extend its apologies to the residents of Delaware who attended the April 2 collection event at Barley Mill Plaza in Wilmington  We understand that wait times were long and that we were unable to service everyone.  We serviced 1,030 cars during the event from 8am-2pm; the Delaware Solid Waste Authority has been providing these collection events for residents for many years and the April 2 event far exceeded any expectation we had for any event.  While other events can get busy, the Barley Mill Plaza event was the exception to how these events typically operate.

At one point during the event we were unable to accept any more documents for shredding because we had exceeded the capacity of the trucks; because of this our vendor, ShredOne will be setting up a paper shredding only event on Sunday, April 17 from 8am-2pm again at Barley Mill Plaza.

Please know that we are taking what we learned from the April 2 event and making sure we apply these changes to our future events.  DSWA is providing 16 Saturday collection events throughout 2016, and, in addition, has weekly collection events for household hazardous waste and electronics in each county.  To check out our 2016 schedule please visit www.dswa.com

For more information on DSWA, its programs or facilities, please visit www.dswa.com or call the Citizens’ Response Line at 1-800-404-7080.

Document Shredding Pilot Program at the Delaware Recycling Center

Beginning January 6, 2016, The Delaware Solid Waste Authority will begin a document shredding pilot program at the Delaware Recycling Center.  On the first Wednesday of each month from 10am-2pm residents will be able to bring personal documents for shredding.  Shredding will only take place on the first Wednesday of each month at the Delaware Recycling Center only and will coincide with the collection of electronics and household hazardous waste which will continue to take place every Wednesday.

No Weekly Collection Event At The Cheswold Collection Station On Christmas Day Or New Years Day

There will be no weekly collection of Household Hazardous Waste or Electronic Goods at the Cheswold Collection Station on Friday, December 25 or Friday, January 1.

DSWA CEO Named University of Delaware’s Outstanding Alumni

Rick Web 2014The Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) is proud to announce that it’s Chief Executive Officer, Richard P. Watson P.E., BCEE has been selected as a one of the University of Delaware’s 2015 Outstanding Alumni. The Outstanding Alumni Awards are presented annually to an alumnus and alumna in recognition of their exemplary work on behalf of the University of Delaware. For over 50 years, the University of Delaware Alumni Association has honored University graduates with this award. The DSWA’s Board of Directors appointed Mr. Watson as the DSWA Chief Executive Officer in 2013. Mr. Watson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Clarkson University and a Masters of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Delaware. He has been a part of the DSWA staff since 1981, where he first served as a project engineer for Delaware’s first double lined sanitary landfill. He is a Professional Engineer in Delaware, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer with the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, and is the first United States International Waste Manager for the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA). Mr. Watson has led instruction in landfill design and operation for the ISWA and served as Past President of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America. In addition, Mr. Watson has served as an Environmental Engineering Program evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and currently serves as President of the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC). As Chief Executive Officer, he is responsible for a wide range of duties, including planning, organizing, and implementing all programs, budgets, and operations for the DSWA.


Safely Dispose of Medications at Collection Sites Across Delaware

There are now 8 collection sites to safely dispose of unused, expired or unwanted medications across Delaware. These locations are availale 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information visit www.DelawareHealthyHomes.org.

New Castle County Kent County Sussex County
Newark Police Station
220 S. Main Street
Newark, DE 19711
Dover Police Department
400 S. Queen Street
Dover, DE 19904
Selbyville Police Department
68 W. Church Street
Selbyville, DE 19952
New Castle County Police
3601 N. Dupont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720
Smyrna Police Department
325 W. Glenwood Avenue
Smyrna, DE 19977
Greenwood Police Department
100 W. Market Street
Greenwood, DE 19950
Camden Police Department
1783 Friends Way
Camden, DE 19934
Harrington Police Department
20 Mechanic Street
Harrington, DE 19952


DSWA Announces Changes to Board of Directors

Ryan Web 2014 On Wednesday, March 25, 2015 it was announced that long time Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) Board of Director member Theodore (Toby) Ryan would not be extending his term as part of the Board. Mr. Ryan has been a member of the DSWA Board of Directors since his appointment in January 1979. During that 36-year period he has served as Chairman of the Citizen’s Affairs Committee since 2005. Following his last Board meeting with DSWA, Mr. Ryan was awarded the Order of the First State by Governor Jack Markell. The award is the highest honor for meritorious service granted by the governor. During his time with DSWA Mr. Ryan also served as the President of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Delaware from 1973-1979, as the Regional Director and Labors Relations for the U.S Department of Housing & Urban Development for Region III from 1979-1985 and served as President of the New Castle County Council from 1993-1996. Mr. Ryan’s commitment and passion for service to the Delaware Solid Waste Authority is unmatched. In the early 1990’s he was very instrumental in the construction of the Pine Tree Corners Transfer Station, which helped provided convenient waste disposal options for southern New Castle County and since it’s success has prompted the construction of two more DSWA Transfer Stations in Delaware. DSWA’s Chairman of the Board, Mr. Gerard Esposito said “Toby Ryan has helped lead the DSWA with a steady hand for virtually its entire existence. For 36 years there has been no Board member who has so passionately advocated for and tirelessly given his time to the Authority. His enthusiasm, knowledge, and energy will be sorely missed.” The Delaware Solid Waste Authority’s Board of Directors and along with its staff wishes Mr. Ryan good health and happiness in his future pursuits.

Governor Markell Appoints New Member to DSWA Board

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority and its Board of Directors are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Michael R. Paraskewich, Jr, PhD, P.E to its Board of Directors. Mr. Paraskewich replaces Mr. Theodore Ryan whose term had come to an end. Mr. Paraskewich comes to DSWA as the current Vice President and Director of Research and Design The PELSA Company of Newark. He is a Professional Engineer licensed in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Mr. Paraskewich received his Bachelors of Civil Engineering from Villanova University in 1995, as well as his Masters of Civil Engineering from Villanova in 1997 and completed his PhD in Geography and Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2008. DSWA’s Chairman of the Board, Mr. Gerard Esposito said “Michael’s credentials speak for themselves. As members of the Senate’s Executive Committee remarked in his Confirmation Hearing, DSWA is very fortunate to have a man with Michaels’s experience, background, and expertise to volunteer to serve on this non-paying Board.

Changes to the DSWA Board of Directors

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) and its Board of Directors are pleased to announce that Governor Jack Markell has appointed Mr. Gerard (Jerry) L. Esposito the new Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Esposito joined the DSWA Board of Directors in 2008 and he also currently serves as President of Tidewater Utilities, Inc. He began his career in 1976 as an Environmental Planner with the Coastal Sussex Environmental Protection Agency Water Quality Program. In 1978, he joined the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control where he held positions of increasing responsibility advancing to Deputy Director and then the Director of Delaware’s Division of Water Resources, assuming administrative responsibility over all of the State’s water pollution, water supply, water quality, wetlands, and environmental laboratory programs. Mr. Esposito joined Tidewater Utilities, Inc. in 1998 as Executive Vice President, and was elected President in 2002. He received his Bachelor of Science degree with High Honors from Rutgers University in Environmental Science and his Master of Science degree from the University of Delaware in Resource Economics. Mr. Esposito’s community and civic involvement includes serving as Board member of 12 other non-profit and governmental organizations, including the Port of Wilmington’s Diamond State Port Corporation, Better Business Bureau of Delaware, and Junior Achievement Delaware. This new appointment comes after former Chairman of the Board; Richard Pryor retired after 25 years of service to the Board of Directors, with 21 of those years spent as the Chairman.

Along with Mr. Esposito’s appointment to Chairman, the Board is happy to announce that Mr. Norman D. Griffiths has been nominated and accepted the open position on the Board of Directors. Mr. Griffiths has been an attorney in the Legal Department of DuPont since 1983. He now works for Chemours Legal. Mr. Griffiths received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from American University in Washington, D.C. in 1980 and his juris doctorate degree from Catholic University Columbus School of Law in 1983. He was elected to the Wilmington City Council in 1992 and served the residents of the Second Council District until 2008. He was elected President of the Wilmington City Council in 2008 and retired from City Council in 2013. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Delaware Technical and Community College and a member of the Board of Directors of Westside Family Healthcare, Inc. He has served on several other boards in the past including the Delaware Community Foundation, WEDCO and the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League. The Delaware Solid Waste Authority is happy to welcome Mr. Griffiths to its Board of Directors and looks forward to working with him.

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority’s Board of Directors is comprised of seven Delaware residents representing The City of Wilmington and the three counties. With the exception of its Chairman, who serves at the pleasure of the Governor, the Board is appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate for three-year terms. Being a Board Member takes a strong commitment given that they serve as a working group, attending meetings, public hearings, workshops, and much more. The Board of Directors sets policies and makes decisions regarding current operations, programs, and planning.

2015 DSWA Upcoming Events Schedule

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority is proud to host special events throughout the year. These events include, Household Hazardous Waste Collection, Electronic Goods Recycling, Paper Shredding, Latex Paint Collection and Educational Outreach. Below you will find a schedule of upcoming events. For a complete list of all 2015 events click here

Household Hazardous Waste/Electronic Goods/Paper Shredding

March 7
Frawley Stadium, 801 S. Madison Street, Wilmington DE
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Latex Paint Collection

March 28
Cheswold Collection Station, 54 Fork Branch Rd, Cheswold
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Household Hazardous Waste/Electronic Goods/Paper Shredding

April 4
St. Anne’s Episcopal School, 211 Silver Lake Rd, Middletown, DE
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Household Hazardous Waste/Electronic Goods/Paper Shredding

April 18
Blue Hen Corporate Center, 655 S Bay Rd, Dover, DE
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Electronic Goods/Paper Shredding

April 25
Lantana Square Shopping Center, Rt 7 and Valley Road, Hockessin DE
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Household Hazardous Waste/Electronic Goods/Paper Shredding

May 2
Nylon Capital Shopping Center, 1023 W Stein Hwy, Seaford, DE
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