Claymont Steel Public Meeting – Wednesday, May 20

Layout 1Claymont Steel Public Meeting – Wednesday, May 20 at 7:00pm –
Crowne Plaza – Wilmington North, 630 Naamans Road, Claymont, DE 19703

There is a serious proposal on the table to redevelop the 425 acre Claymont Steel site. Join the CRDC and your elected officials to see the plans and a short video presentation of what this area of North Claymont could become and the project’s potential to become the largest job creator the State of Delaware has seen for a while.

Representatives of Commercial Development Corporation of St. Louis, MO will be present to take questions from those who attend. We welcome non-Claymont residents to this public meeting because the effects of this project could be felt well beyond Claymont’s borders.

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2015 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events Schedule

Household Hazardous Waste / Electronic Goods / Paper Shredding

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) operates Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Events at different locations throughout the year. Delaware residents can bring their HHW to the event free of charge.

Checkout the DSWA website here. Click here to download a printable PDF of the DSWA schedule and acceptable materials list.

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Naamans Creek Watershed April 18th Cleanup Review

The 2015 Naamans Creek Watershed Cleanup, held annually in connection with the Christina River Watershed Cleanup, pulled out a lot of trash from the stream and surrounding areas.

Below are some pictures from the the April 18th Christina River Cleanup.

We ended up recycling 3,820 lbs which is close to 2 tons.

The good news is that this amount is down considerably from past years – which is a good sign for the river.

We especially want to thank all our volunteers for their service to the community! If you have some pictures we can share on this website, please send them to and we will post them here.


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Volunteers Cleanup Crew

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Brandywine School District Board Candidate Forum-4/27/15

Come meet the Candidates for the Brandywine School Board of Education. The Brandywine School District Board Candidate Forum is set for Monday, April 27th 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Brandywine High School Auditorium.

Organized by Delaware PTA – Region 1

Following introductions, there will be a question and answer session.  The audience will have an opportunity to submit questions in writing.  After each question is read, each candidate will then be given a time to respond.

For more information on the Candidates Forum and the Candidates background information, click here.


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New Castle County’s UDC Focus Group – Civic Organizations

You are cordially invited join a workshop for community leaders and civic organizations regarding changes to the New Castle County Department of Land Use Unified Development Code (UDC).

The Focus Group will meet on Thursday, March 26 , 2015 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The workshop will be located at the Government Center – 87 Reads Way, New Castle. Specific room TBD.

Please respond to Mark Veasey, NCC Land Use Administer (302) 395-5510 if you plan to attend the session.

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Bellefonte Centennial Commemoration – March 9th

Bellefonte CentennialThe Town of Bellefonte is Commemorating it’s Centennial at it it’s March 9th Town Commission Meeting. The public and Board of CCOBH are cordially invited.

The Town of Bellefonte Town Hall is located at 901A Rosedale Avenue, Bellefonte, DE 19809. 302-761-9638

The event begins at 6:00PM with a reception and remarks by local officials.

At 7:00, the monthly Town Commission meeting will be held. It will be a short meeting, mostly with events relating to to the Centennial..

At the conclusion of the Town Commission meeting, the reception will resume, with dessert being served.

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Christina River Watershed Cleanup – April 18 from 8am-12pm


Here is your opportunity to join the Christina River Watershed Cleanup! Make a difference by spending a little time along the Naamas Creek! (Meet behind Sweeney’s Bakery in the F&N Shopping Center).

Also visit: CHRISTINARIVERCLEANUP.ORG or call (302) 838-1897 to register.

Here are some flyers to share with your neighbors and friends:

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Here is a summary of the of what the 2014 Cleanup accomplished:

The Naamans Creek Watershed Cleanup, held annually in connection with the Christina River Watershed Cleanup, pulled out over 1.5 tons of trash from the stream and surroundings.  This trash included car and truck tires, shopping carts, a highway sign, a picnic bench, lawnmower parts and a TV set.  Most of the material was plastic bags and bottles, soda and beer cans and newspaper circulars.  Sixty volunteers cleaned 17 different sites in our watershed. County Councilman John Cartier and State Representative Bryon participated in the cleanup.  Councilman Cartier also contributed $350 to the Cleanup.  Bill Baldwin and Action Environmental Service Corp helped with heavy removals.  Drew Hayes rode the Got Junk truck to help with the pickup.  Got Junk again donated time and dumping fees to the Cleanup effort.  Marianne Cinaglia located 18 sites for cleanup and pickup.  Jack Waslyn contacted food and supply donors including Harry’s Savoy, Sweeney’s Bakery, Acme, Rite Aid, F&N Liquors, Nino’s, and SafeWay.

Almost 700 volunteers participated in the entire 23rd Annual Christina River Watershed Cleanup and eliminated up about 20 tons of trash and recyclables from New Castle County.

Harvey Mill Park

About 30 trees and shrubs were planted in Harvey Mill Park the day of the Cleanup.  They were obtained by Tom Zaleski of the Newark City Parks Department and were paid for by inkind labor to plan and plant.  The effort was lead by Bill Baldwin and Action Environmental Service Corp.

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Remember to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle this Holiday Season

Gift boxes, as well as cardboard boxes, and most wrapping paper can be recycled curbside as a part of Delaware’s Universal Recycling Program.

Please take Styrofoam packaging, (clean) take-out containers/plates/cups, and foam packing peanuts to the Delaware Recycling Center in New Castle, or the Delaware Solid Waste Authority’s Milford Transfer Station.

More information on recycling in Delaware can be found in the How to Recycle Guide.

Monthly Tip from Keep America Beautiful: Give with the 3 R’s This Season

REDUCE: Give an experience. Whether it’s a trip for your family, a homemade dinner for your significant other, or an hour of smartphone training for your grandma- the gift of your time is the most valuable thing you can give to your loved ones!

REUSE: Wrap a gift in something that you’re reusing, like newspaper, or something the recipient can reuse, like a dish towel, cookie tin, or basket.

RECYCLE: Make sure your post-celebration cleanup includes recycling.

          • Cardboard boxes and non-metallic wrapping paper can be recycled.
          • Give new life to ribbons and gift bags by saving them for the next gift-giving occasion.


Thank You from Keep America Beautiful
1030 15th St, Suite 490W, Washington, District of Columbia 20005

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Brandywine Education Foundation-School Supply Drive

2014_School_Supply_Drive_flyer_smallerThe Brandywine Education Foundation will be collecting items this Saturday the August 9th and next Saturday the August 16th in front of Brandywine High School from 9-12 both mornings.

All items collected will go directly toward ensuring all the students in the Brandywine School District start the new year off on the right foot.

Here is a link to the School Supply Drive flyer for more information.

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Recycling in Delaware – Tips about best practices

So you want to recycle, but aren’t always sure what is acceptable for recycling in Delaware. Recently Hetty Franke and Marianne Cinaglia toured the ReCommunity single stream recycling plant recently with the Recycling Public Advisory Council (RPAC). While there they received some important tips about recycling practices.

1. There were plastic bags floating through the air and wrapped around axles throughout the plant. Do not, do not, do not put plastic bags in your recycle containers! Plastic bags belong in the store collection containers.

2. Also flying through the air and covering the floor and ground outside was”confetti” made of shredded paper. This is another no no for recycling.

3. Tops should be removed from containers before the containers are added to your recyclable materials. Containers with trapped liquid weigh more than empty ones and are missorted in the single stream process. Caps are usually made of different plastics than the container. Capped bottles make the packaging process more difficult.

The ReCommunity plant is presently running on one shift a day. In July the plant will add another shift. This addition places the plant about two years ahead of the initially planned increase in recycling capacity. On the ReCommunity website you can take a trip through a virtual single stream plant. Another great resource is: The Recycling Bin’s Dirty Dozen. This contains the complete no no list and may be what you want to post in your newsletters.

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  1. NO Plastic Bags
  2. NO Material in Plastic Bags
  3. NO Shredded Paper
  4. NO Scrap Metal
  5. NO Hazardous Waste
  6. NO Diapers or Bio-Hazardous Waste
  7. NO Non-Recyclable Plastics
  8. NO Flattened Containers i.e soda cans
  9. NO Caps/Lids on Glass Bottles or Jars
  10. NO Liquid
  11. NP Ceramics or Non-Recyclables
  12. NO Frozen Food Containers

For more information on recycling, check out the DNREC site. Also check out this recycling guide for additional tips to best practices.

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