Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is all about going green – it’s always been part of our mission! Now DNREC has made it even more of the department's mission in aiming for a Greener Delaware.
For Delaware citizens, recycling is a great place to start going green. In addition to encouraging everyone to recycle their glass, aluminum, paper, cardboard and plastic, DNREC offers recycling programs for less common but definitely recyclable items such as old tires, boat shrink wrap, Christmas trees and yard waste as well as composting.
Then there’s Delaware’s artificial reef program, which sinks stripped down subway cars, decommissioned ships and military vehicles to create "condos" for fish habitat in the Delaware Bay. DNREC also sponsors community promotions for discount-priced rain barrels made from recycled pickle barrels!
DNREC encourages and recognizes clean, green business practices with our Delaware Clean Marina and Delaware Green Lodging programs, both under the auspices of DNREC's Pollution Prevention (P2) program. Citizens are also reminded not to pollute through the Division of Soil and Water Conservation's Storm Drain Marking Program, which gathers community volunteers to mark drains with special "Only rain down the drain" medallions.
We also look to our community volunteers to help clean up our waterways and coastline with annual events such as the Delaware Coastal Cleanup in September and the Inland Bays Cleanup in June.
DNREC's P2 and Delaware Energy Office programs can help you save money, learn green practices and avoid polluting our treasured resources, while our Brownfields program cleans up major and often industrial pollution problems from the past.
So check out these topics and others below to see how by going green today, you can also help DNREC make for a Greener Delaware tomorrow!
An alphabetized list of DNREC-involved or sponsored green programs and green initiatives.