Commercial businesses in Delaware are required to recycle
Waste haulers serving residential and small business customers have been required to offer recycling services for some time now, but as of 1/1/2014, commercial businesses are also required to participate in recycling programs.
This includes all nonprofit organizations, healthcare facilities, government buildings and commercial establishments.
The Universal Recycling Law passed in 2010 has helped boost Delaware’s recycling rate from 20% up to 40% (2013) within just a few years. The hope is to boost the recycling rate even further to 50% by 2015.
Recycling A to Z
The Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances makes it easy to find a recycling facility nearby to recycle just about anything. See the alphabetized list here.
You can also attend an upcoming household hazardous waste (HHW) or e-waste collection event held in the State throughout the year. The Delaware Solid Waste Authority is a great resource for finding out about upcoming recycling events.
***Another great resource for Delawareans: How to Recycle -- A Guide to Recycling in Delaware
Laws governing solid waste disposal and hauling in Delaware
Solid waste rules and regulations are governed by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. You can gain access to these rules by accessing Title 7, section 1300 of the Administrative Code.
It’s important to have a general understanding of the solid waste laws in Delaware during any type of bulk waste removal project, such as a home renovation, roofing job, new construction or residential/commercial building cleanout. Disposing of the debris correctly can save you a headache, and a bunch of fines, later on.
Luckily, your local dumpster rental company can help ensure your waste and debris is properly disposed of or recycled.
78% of construction and demolition (C&D) debris is recyclable
The vast majority of C&D debris can be recycled, including (but not limited to) lumber, concrete, asphalt and roofing shingles.
***C&D debris is not accepted at any DSWA transfer station but is accepted at the DSWA landfill.
Delaware separates and recycles gypsum board to use as a cover layer at its landfill, helping to save on the cost of purchasing top soil to be used for that purpose. It can also recycle other types of C&D debris to minimize landfilling.
Ask your dumpster rental provider if they recycle C&D debris and whether or not you’ll need to source separate different materials, meaning put only one type of debris into a dumpster and not mixing it with other waste materials.