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.