The Purpose of Recycling
State Program Overview
In 2010, Governor Markell signed legislation requiring that curbside recycling be offered by all public and private solid waste collection providers in order to maximize the diversion of recyclables from disposal. By doing so the state will conserve resources and energy, extend the life of the landfills, create jobs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote sustainability.
The Town of Smyrna initiated its recycling program on July 1, 2011.
Recycling & Other State Requirements
No later than September 15, 2011, all persons providing solid waste collection services must provide every single-family customer - as well as customers with on-premise sales of bottled beverages such as restaurants and bars - with single-stream recycling collection service at a frequency of not less than every other week. The service must include delivery of a recyclables storage container that is adequately sized for the customers' use such that recycling is encouraged and disposal is discouraged.
Recyclable items include:
- Number 1 and Number 2 plastic containers
- Office and mixed paper
- Aluminum cans
- Can I use my designated recycling cart for trash?
- Can I refuse to take the recycling cart and not participate in the program?
- Will I still pay the full charge for trash collection if I do not participate?
- Is the recycling cart I receive my personal property or does it belong to the town?
- Is there a charge for the recycling cart?
- Are all residents of Smyrna included in the Town’s recycling program? Will businesses be included? Are apartment complexes with dumpsters included in the town program?
Can I Recycle It?
If you are unsure of an item's recyclability, reference the Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's (DNREC) new Delaware Recycling search engine, Recyclopedia. You can search your location, check out the A to Z topics, and find solutions on what's recyclable, what isn't, and what to do.
For more information regarding items that are not accepted in single-stream recycling, please download the How to Recycle - A Guide to Recycling In Delaware Booklet (PDF) from the State of Delaware website or visit the Earth 911 website.
Remember: ALL items placed in recycling must be loose, empty, clean, and dry. Bagged recycling will not be accepted.
|Acceptable to Recycle Curbside||Must Be Dropped-Off |
|Not Acceptable to Recycle|
|Empty Aerosol Cans||Aluminum/Steel Cans||Bubble Wrap||Bottle Caps||Building Materials|
|Aluminum Foil/Pans||Berry Containers||Child's Car Seat||Candle Jars||Cookware|
|Beverage/Food Cartons||Cardboard||Electronics||Chemical Containers||Compostables|
|Chip Cans||Cookie Tins||Household Batteries||Dixie Cups||Frozen Food Packaging|
|Soap Bottles||Envelopes||Oil Filters||Glass Drinkware||Hardcover Books|
|Glass bottles/jars||Magazines||Plastic Planters||Ice Cream Container||K-Cups|
|Newspapers||Paper Packaging||Rechargeable Batteries||Paper Cups/Plates||Paper w/ Crayon|
|Paperback books||Plastic Take-Out Containers||Styrofoam||Refrigerated Food Boxes (Paper)||Tea Bags & Tea Bag Wrappers|
|Plastics 1, 2, 4, 5, & 7||Wrapping Paper||Thin Plastic||Tires||Tissue Paper|