Solid waste is defined under Delaware Code as:
"Any garbage, refuse, refuse-derived fuel, demolition and construction waste wood, sludge from a waste treatment plant, water supply treatment plant or air pollution control facility and other discarded material, including solid, liquid, semisolid or contained gaseous material resulting from industrial, commercial, mining and agricultural operations, and from community activities…"
In Delaware, the Department’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Section issues permits to transport solid waste and permits and inspects landfills and transfer stations, but it does not provide trash collection services nor does it run the landfills. Trash collection is either provided by the local government or individuals can hire a private waste hauler. Delawareans also have the option to self haul by taking their household trash to a landfill, transfer station or collection station. It is illegal to burn solid waste in Delaware.
Most of the solid waste disposed of in Delaware goes to one of three landfills run by the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA). Delaware also has several programs to reuse or recycle solid wastes that have traditionally gone into the landfill, such as yard waste, tires, e-waste, and traditional recyclables such as paper, junk mail, glass bottles, cans, plastics, cardboard and paperboard.
For more information on Solid Waste in Delaware, contact:
Environmental Program Administrator
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Section