Contact: Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC issues $40,000 penalty to Waste Management of Delaware, Inc. for solid waste recycling violations
DOVER (April 25, 2016) – DNREC Secretary David S. Small has issued a Notice of Administrative Penalty and Secretary’s Order to Waste Management of Delaware, Inc. for violations of Delaware’s Regulations Governing Solid Waste. The Order includes a penalty of $40,000 and $3,660 in cost recovery for the Department.
Waste Management of Delaware, Inc. is licensed to transport solid waste, operating under a Delaware Solid Waste Transporter Permit. Waste Management of Delaware, Inc. owns and operates businesses located at 300 Harvey Drive in Wilmington and at 226 South Railroad Avenue in Georgetown, providing solid waste collection services to residential and commercial customers throughout the state.
Delaware’s Solid Waste Recycling Law (also known as the Universal Recycling Law) requires all waste service providers to collect source-separated recyclable materials in a manner to ensure that the source-separated recyclable materials enter the marketplace and are otherwise not disposed via a landfill or by incineration. The Universal Recycling Law also requires waste service providers to provide their residential trash customers with certain recycling services.
DNREC documented solid waste violations by Waste Management of Delaware, Inc. in Wilmington, Lewes, and Selbyville at various times during 2015. Violations were related to Waste Management’s combining trash and recyclables from separate collection containers into one truck compartment, or by Waste Management not providing curbside recycling service as required by law.
Prior to the Secretary’s Order, DNREC also had issued Waste Management notices of violation (NOVs) in June and October of 2014, and in January this year for failure to provide adequate single-stream recycling collection services to some of its single-family and multi-family residential customers. DNREC also notified Waste Management of Delaware, Inc. of the need to comply with all aspects of the Universal Recycling Law.
The Secretary’s Order can be found on the DNREC website at http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/Info/Pages/SecOrders_Enforcement.aspx.
Waste Management of Delaware, Inc. has 30 days to appeal the Order.
Vol. 46, No. 146