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Delaware Reycling and Waste Disposal Guide

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.

Tips for renting a roll-off dumpster in Delaware

5 most common dumpster styles

Commercial dumpsters – Businesses use these dumpsters for weekly or monthly garbage hauling service. They are not for temporary use.

Roll-off dumpsters – These are the containers you rent for temporary uses, such as household cleanouts, roofing projects or commercial construction.

Trailer dumpsters – Used by some dumpster rental companies, these trailers are used similarly to roll-off dumpsters but are different in that they are on wheels – this offers the benefit of being easier on your driveway.

Bag-style containers – These small bins are made from durable fabrics and plastics and range in size from 1 to 3 cubic yards and hold less than 2 tons of debris. The “Bagster” container is one such dumpster.

Lowboy dumpsters – Similar to traditional roll-off dumpsters but with low sides, making it ideal for loading heavier debris, such as dirt, roofing material, concrete, tiles and masonry.

Information about dumpster rental weight limits and overage charges

Dumpster rental providers typically put a cap on the amount of weight you can load into a dumpster due to the fact it costs them more money to dump heavier loads at local landfills. This weight limit can range from 1 ton (2,000 lbs.) to 8 tons (16,000 lbs.) or more.

Overage fees typically range between $50 per ton and $100 per ton. For example, if the weight allowance is 2,000 lbs. and your load weighs in at 2,500 lbs., you’d owe an additional 1 ton of overage charges at the $50 to $100 rate, or whatever rate your dumpster rental agreement specifies.

TIP: Be particularly careful of going over the allotted weight limit when dealing with heavier debris, such as concrete, roofing shingles, dirt or masonry.