Plastic Recycling Efforts Expanded

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) is pleased to announce that it will expand its plastic recycling efforts.

Starting immediately Delaware Residents can begin recycling #1, #2, #4, #5 and #7 plastics. These numbers, known as the resin identification code, are located on the inside of an arrow-shaped triangle found at the bottom of each container.

Some examples of new items that can be placed in Recycling Drop-Off Centers and curbside recycling programs include; ketchup bottles, yogurt cups, fruit and vegetable containers, margarine tubs and lids, cream cheese tubs and lids, lunchbox-size pudding and gelatin cups, sour cream tubs. Growth in the recycling market has lead to the ability to accept these new items into Delaware’s recycling stream.

DSWA has also partnered with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) to create a “How to Recycle Guide” for Delaware residents. With the changes in recycling that have occurred over the past year, DSWA and DNREC felt that a booklet explaining where and how various materials could be recycled or properly disposed of in Delaware was necessary.

The booklet will be provided in digital form here “How To Recycle” at or by requesting a hard copy by calling DSWA’s Citizens’ Response line at 1-800-404-7080. For more information on DSWA, its facilities or programs please call the Citizens’ Response Line at 1-800-404-7080 or visit

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