Electronic Goods Recycling Program Change

Beginning Monday, September 8 electronics waste will only be collected on specific days at select facilities. DSWA will also pair the electronics collection with household hazardous waste collection on the same days and at the same facilities. The weekly collections will be held as follows from 10am-2pm:

Monday-Jones Crossroads Landfill (Sussex County)

Wednesday- Delaware Recycling Center (New Castle County)

Friday- Cheswold Collection Station (Kent County)

In addition, to further help meet the demand of electronics recycling in 2015 DSWA will add extra Saturday collection events.

Businesses with Electronics Waste to recycle should contact:
ECOvanta, LLC
2209 South 58th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19413
Phone- 215-921-7508

For more information please contact the Citizens’ Response Line at 1-800-404-7080

Chairman of the Board Resigns

Pryor Web 2014 After 25 years of service and 21 years as Chairman of the Board, Mr. Richard Pryor has announced his resignation from the DSWA Board of Directors. Mr. Pryor’s passion and commitment at the helm of DSWA’s Board helped see the Authority through many changes and challenges over the years. At the time of his resignation Mr. Pryor said “these last 25 years as a member of the Board of Directors and the past 21 years as Chairman have been sweetly satisfying as together we have met challenges great and small with integrity, persistence, respectful debate and ultimate success.” The DSWA staff and Board of Directors are thankful for the time and energy Mr. Pryor gave to DSWA and wish him good health and happiness in his future pursuits.

DSWA CEO Announces Retirement, New Leadership Selected by Board of Directors

Pasquale S. (“Pat”) Canzano, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (“DSWA”) for the past seven years recently informed the Board of Directors of his intention to retire, effective January 1, 2014. Mr. Canzano was hired by DSWA, as part of the original management structure, shortly after its creation 38 years ago. The Board accepted Mr. Canzano’s decision with mixed feelings, recognizing his extraordinary leadership service during the extended global economic struggles of the past six years combined with rapidly developing technological and business-model changes within the waste industry generally. At the same time, though missing him keenly, the Board wishes Mr. Canzano long, healthy, enjoyable and well-deserved retirement with his wife Joyce and their family.

With Mr. Canzano’s retirement, the Board is pleased to announce that following a rigorous internal process of solicitation and review, it has appointed DSWA’s current Chief Operating Officer (COO), Richard P. Watson to succeed Pat as the next CEO of the Authority, likewise effective January 1, 2014. A Delaware Registered Professional Engineer with a Master’s Degree in Engineering, Mr. Watson began his career with DSWA as an engineer in 1981, holding increasingly responsible positions ever since.

To complete the composition of DSWA’s new senior management leadership, the Board is delighted to announce its selection of Ms. Robin Roddy to succeed Mr. Watson as COO, also effective January 1, 2014. A Delaware Registered Professional Engineer, Ms. Roddy has been professionally employed with the Authority for 18 years and is currently the Senior Facility Manager of the Cherry Island Landfill.

“Pat has steered the Authority through particularly challenging times that dominated most of his tenure as CEO. Not only did he have to contend with the worst economic climate the Authority had ever experienced, but the rapid development of waste-industry technologies and business models.” noted DSWA Chairman Richard Pryor.

Mr. Pryor also noted his satisfaction with the new leadership team that will succeed Mr. Canzano’s team. “Rick brings 35 years of rich experience to the job and as COO, he is well versed in all aspects of the solid waste industry and particularly so in DSWA’s policies, operations and programs,” Pryor said. “At Cherry Island, Robin’s leadership skills have been honed and successfully put to the test in a very challenging environment there over the past 13 years. She has consistently exhibited good judgment, sound strategic thinking, and comfortably effective management skills,” he said.

Pryor further noted that the Board is especially pleased that these two key senior management positions are being filled from within the organization. This reflects in part DSWA’s long-standing policies and practices to ensure smooth management transition processes by retaining highly qualified and demonstrably competent staff to the maximum extent feasible.

For information please contact DSWA Chief of Business and Governmental Services, Mike Parkowski at 1-800-404-7080.

DSWA Upcoming Events Schedule

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority is proud to host special events through out the year. These events include, Household Hazardous Waste Collection, Electronic Goods Recycling, Paper Shredding and Educational Outreach. Below you will find a schedule of the most recent upcoming events.

Household Hazardous Waste/Electronic Goods/Paper Shredding

December 7
Newark University of Delaware (Former Chrysler Plant) 550 S. College Avenue, Newark, DE
Click Here for More Information and Directions

Delaware Solid Waste Authority Kicks Off Poster Contest

Trash Can Dan and the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) would like to invite Delaware students grades K-12 to participate in a poster contest. DSWA is asking students to show how they Celebrate Recycling. Students should draw a picture to show how they can help keep Delaware beautiful by recycling. One winner from each grade, K-12 will be featured on the wall of DSWA’s Environmental Education Building. They will receive their drawing in a recycled frame and additional copies to be displayed around their school. Winners will be announced on America Recycles Day, November 15, 2013.

All posters must be drawn on standard 8.5” x 11” white paper (no lined or colored paper will be accepted). Drawings should support the contest theme and should include a title and brief summary of the picture. Pencils, crayons, pens, markers, paints, or chalk may be used (chalk entries should be sprayed to prevent smearing). No three-dimensional entries will be accepted. Nothing may be glued, taped, stapled, or attached to the poster. Entries cannot be laminated and photographs will not be accepted. Each student may submit only one entry and each entry must be the original work of only one student. All entries must clearly state on the back of the poster: student’s name, address, phone number, grade level, school name, title of work, and brief description of design. Entries will be judged on originality, artistic merit, and expression of theme. Entries will not be returned. All entries must be postmarked by November 1, 2013. Please mail entries to DSWA POSTER CONTEST, 1101 Lambson Lane, New Castle, DE 19720. For more information about the poster contest or to request a full description of the rules, please call DSWA’s Citizens’ Response Line at 1-800-404-7080.

Delaware Solid Waste Authority Celebrates The Opening of Two New Facilities


The Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) and its partner company ReCommunity celebrated two large events over the last few weeks. On August 29, DSWA and ReCommunity celebrated the grand opening of ReCommunity’s 35th Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) located at the Delaware Recycling Center in New Castle, Delaware. ReCommunity has invested 15 million dollars to repurpose an existing 64,000 square foot building at the Delaware Recycling Center, and installed state-of-the art sorting equipment to process single stream recyclables which include aluminum, plastics, and paper, cardboard, tin and glass collected from throughout Delaware. At full capacity, the MRF can process 160,000 tons of recyclables a year and will save 218,587 cubic yards of landfill space and avoid 1,806,539 gallons of wastewater from getting into landfills. DSWA was able to commemorate the event alongside Delaware Governor Jack Markell, ReCommunity CEO James Devlin, Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Shawn Garvin, members of the Recycling Public Advisory Council and other elected officials.

On September 7, DSWA and ReCommunity celebrated once again, this time welcoming the public to the new DSWA Environmental Education Building and allowing the public to view to the newest MRF opened by ReCommunity. Close to 1,000 people attended the event that had something for everything, from inflatables, to face painting and free hot dogs! Community Day provided DSWA and ReCommunity the opportunity show Delaware exactly what is happening to their recyclables once it leaves the curb and to highlight the educational programs available through DSWA.

If you would like more information on the new DSWA Environmental Education Building or on the new ReCommunity MRF, please call the Citizens’ Response Line at 1-800-404-7080.

DSWA Employees Place in Mid-Atlantic Regional Road-E-O Competition

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority is very proud to announce that Carl (CJ) Schirmer, a Sr. Landfill Operations Forman and Neville (Lynn) Wright an Operations Skilled Laborer at the Jones Crossroads Landfill both placed in the annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Equipment Road-E-O. CJ placed 1st in the bulldozer competition and 1st overall. Lynn placed 3rd in the articulating truck competition. Nearly three-dozen equipment operators from landfills across the Mid-Atlantic region pitted their skills against each other June 7, in the Solid Waste Association of America’s regional Road-E-O competition at the Mid-Shore II Regional facility outside Ridgely, Maryland.

Operators from Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland competed by taking written tests and then driving five different pieces of equipment through marked obstacle courses, simulating everyday encounters. CJ will now head to Denton, Texas for the Nationals Road-E-O competition. DSWA is very proud if it’s employee and wishes him good luck in the National competition.

If you are interested in more information on DSWA, its facilities or programs please contact the Citizens’ Response Line 1-800-404-7080 or visit www.dswa.com.

Cell 5 Opens at Jones Crossroads Landfill on May 28, 2013


Delaware Solid Waste Authority opened new cell at Jones Crossroads Landfill. Cell 5 opened on May 28, 2013 for its very first load.

Cherry Island Landfill Expansion Project Engineer Selected for AAEES Award

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) is proud to announce that the Cherry Island Landfill Expansion Project design engineer, Geosyntec Consultants, will be awarded the American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists (AAEES) Excellence in Environmental Engineering & Science (E3) Honor Award for design. The award will be presented at the Academy’s Annual Awards Luncheon held in Washington, DC at the National Press Club on April 25, 2013.

The Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Competition began in 1989 and exists to identify and reward the best of today’s environmental engineering. Its criteria define what it takes to be the best in environmental engineering practice: a holistic environmental perspective, innovation, proven performance and customer satisfaction, and contribution to an improved quality of life and economic efficiency. The competition is organized around the normal phases of development and implementation of environmental management projects and programs: research, planning, design, and operations and management.

The Cherry Island Landfill Expansion Project utilized intensive engineering analysis, monitoring and construction techniques encompassing an installation of 6.8 million linear feet of prefabricated vertical drains and a massive mechanically stabilized earthen berm. Critical to the design and the success of the project was the continuous monitoring and prediction of the on-going consolidation and strength gains of the subsoils. The project significantly extends the life of the landfill to serve New Castle County, while utilizing the landfill’s existing footprint and infrastructure.

If you are interested in more information on DSWA, its facilities or programs please contract the Citizens’ Response Line 1-800-404-7080.

DSWA Cherry Island Landfill Included in National Report

On Tuesday, March 19, The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released their quadrennial Report Card on America’s Infrastructure. The report depicts the condition and performance of the nation’s infrastructure in the familiar form of a school report card by assigning letter grades to each type of infrastructure. The report addressed 16 categories with grades ranging from a high of B- for solid waste to a low of D- for inland waterways and levees.

In this year’s Report Card, ASCE included success stories along with the standard grades. Highlighted in the solid waste category was the Delaware Solid Waste Authority’s (DSWA) Cherry Island Landfill Vertical Expansion Project. The story highlights DSWA’s engineering staff and their innovative solution to limited landfill capacity. The plan added an additional 20.7 million yards of capacity and a cost effective 19 years of added disposal life.

If you are interested in more information on the ASCE 2013 Report Card, you can download the full report card app, which is available for both the app store and google play store by clicking here.

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