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Posted Jul 21st, 2014

What Happens If You Don’t Recycle in Delaware?

Delaware Recycling Law (01-01-2014)

Per the Universal Recycling Law 7 Del. C 6053(d) requires that “Universal Recycling Law” be adopted by the commercial sector and that all commercial business actively participate in a comprehensive recycling program no later than January 1, 2014.

Commercial waste makes up nearly half of the municipal solid waste generated in Delaware and it is well established that recycling conserves valuable natural resources, landfill capacity and energy; creates jobs and reduces pollution. On June 8, 2010 Governor Jack Markell signed SB 234, otherwise known as the Universal Recycling, into law. The State of Delaware defines the “Commercial Sector” any for profit or not-for profit retail or wholesale stores, offices food service establishments, warehouse, and other manufacturing, industrial or processing activities, institutions such as social, charitable, educational, health care, professional and government services. “Recyclable Material” means any material or group of materials that can be collected and sold or used for recycling; this includes Information Technology “IT” assets and electronic goods.

What happens if I don’t recycle?

In addition to losing out on a host of environmental and economic benefits 7 Del. C 6059 affords Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control “DNREC” enforcement authority for failure to comply with the requirements of universal recycling. Penalties range from $100 to $1,500 per day for failure to comply.

Information obtained from” “Recycling Public Advisory Council” and Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

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