Recycling Q&A

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Not always sure what items can be recycled? Below are some questions and answers that may be helpful and add clarification to Delaware’s Recycling Program

1. Are the heavy plastic “bags” that sheets and blankets and bedspread come in recyclable?  If so, do they go in with the more flexible plastic bags or with the single cycle stuff.

All plastic film and bags should be brought back to the stores.  Nearly all plastic films are recyclable.  Any plastic bags or film put into single stream containers are thrown away as residue. DO NOT PUT PLASTIC BAGS OR FILM IN RECYCLING CARTS.

 
2. If you shred you own paper – bills and back statements – can you get it into the single cycle stream somehow. 

All shredded paper put into recycling carts is thrown away as residue. DO NOT PUT SHREDDED PAPER IN RECYCLING CARTS.

3. How dangerous is it to put unshredded bank statements into the single stream?

DSWA holds 18 paper shredding events each year. This is the best way to get sensitive documents recycled. 

4.  Are places like Sea Colony considered multiple family or businesses?

If trash is collected from house to house then it is residential. If there are centralized dumpsters then it is considered multi-family.

5.  Since all haulers do not use DSWA facilities what are the responsibilities of waste collectors to inform their customers on what they will take? Is it a one time contact or is it annual?

There are no obligations by law, but most haulers communicate with their customers on an as needed basis.

6. In NCC, Waste Management is now using DSWA facilities.

 Waste Management MRF and DSWA MRF take the exact same things. No differences.

7. Are there different guidelines for the three categories – single family, multiple family, commercial – in how often the hauler communicates/clarifies collection policies?

There are no specific requirements for the haulers to communicate with their customers. There are no requirements for any category.

8. In order to do business in the State do haulers have to file their collection policies to get a license?

Yes, haulers must tell DSWA what they plan to collect in order to get licensed.

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Household Hazardous Waste / Electronic Goods / Paper Shredding

Event Date: Saturday, June 06, 2015
Time: 08:00AM–02:00PM
Location: University of Delaware-Campus Guard Building
550 S. College Avenue
Newark, DE
Household Hazardous Waste               http://dswa.com/programs_haz.asp
Product containers marked with words, “Warning: Hazardous,” “Flammable,” “Poisonous,” “Corrosive” or “Explosive.” For example; household cleaners, garden pesticides, oil-based paints only (no latex paint will be accepted), nail polish, fluorescent bulbs, or antifreeze.
Electronic Goods Recycling                      http://dswa.com/programs_electronic.asp
Electronic equipment such as, old computers, printers, CD players, microwaves, telephones, televisions, game boys, fax machines, answering machines, and VCRs.
Paper Shredding– Residents can bring up to 2 file boxes of personal confidential papers for shredding (financial and legal documents, receipts, and tax and medical records). Papers with staples or paper clips are accepted.

 

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.

All events are restricted to Delaware residents and are held rain or shine.

For more information checkout the DSWA website here. Click here to download a printable PDF of the DSWA schedule and acceptable materials list.

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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 contact@ccobh.org and we will post them here.

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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

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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.

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Thank You from Keep America Beautiful
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