WILMINGTON, DE – Against the backdrop of the growing Cherry Island landfill, Governor Jack Markell signed legislation today that will make statewide universal recycling a reality.
"Making recycling convenient and available to every household in the state now has the ability to become reality," Markell said. "This plan, which had bipartisan support, is comprehensive, cost-effective and practical. It's designed to dramatically increase recycling while reducing burdens on businesses and restraining the cost of waste."
DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara joined the Governor in thanking the broad statewide coalition that help make the bill a reality.
"Because of the work of so many advocates over the years Delaware will emerge in the coming years as a leader in recycling and not just a follower of the pack. We have the potential to reduce the amount of waste going into the landfill by more than 300,000 tons per year," O’Mara said.
Senator Dave McBride was the prime sponsor of the bill.
"You know, quitters never win and winners never quit, and we didn't quit. Many legislators worked very hard over the years to make to make this day come true, and it is very much appreciated that today it is reality," McBride said.
Aspects of the new plan include:
· Citizens determine if they want to participate - recycling remains optional, not mandatory for residents.
· Municipalities and waste removal companies provide the container and collection.
· Haulers who pick up trash at a single-family home will be required to offer curbside recycling, beginning in September of next year. Same with restaurants and bars.
· For those who live in an apartment, condo or other multi-family residence, curbside recycling begins in 2013.
· For businesses, other than bars or restaurants, curbside recycling starts in 2014.