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 green house gas emissions, and promote sustainability.
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 No. 1 and No. 2 plastic containers, fiberboard, glass, newspaper, office and mixed paper, cardboard, steel / tin, and aluminum cans. All of these recyclables can be commingled by the customer and stored in the same container. For a more complete list of acceptable recyclables, please visit their website .
The Town of Smyrna initiated their recycling program on July 1, 2011. Please check back often as we will update this information as it becomes available.
April 19, 2021
Check out DNREC's Delaware Recycles new Recyclopedia. Residents can now search by location, select one of many A-Z topics, and find solutions on if an item is or is not recyclable and want to do if it is or isn't.