Well over 2 billion pounds of solid waste are landfilled in Delaware annually. Recycling programs have made progress in recent years, but the municipal solid waste recycling rate is only 30 percent. Delaware can do much better.
Governor Jack Markell and the 145th General Assembly recognized the need for improvement and passed the landmark Universal Recycling Bill in June 2010, with the promise of a recycling bin in every Delaware household starting in September 2011. For more information on the new legislation, please see the Governor’s press release.
No matter where you live in Delaware, you can find services to recycle a majority of the items in your household garbage. Keeping more recyclables out of our landfills will help to conserve resources, save energy, create jobs, extend the life of the landfills, and promote sustainability.
The Department supports recycling and waste reduction as part of its mission, but you should know that the mandate to “develop a comprehensive statewide system of recycling and resource recovery, which maximizes the quantity of solid waste materials that can be recovered, reused or converted to beneficial use” rests with the Delaware Solid Waste Authority under 7 Del. C. Chapter 64.
The links below provide specific information about recycling – why, what, and where to recycle.