Delaware’s Recycling Public Advisory Council to meet Wednesday, July 25 in Newark

DOVER – Delaware’s Recycling Public Advisory Council (RPAC) will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 25 at the University of Delaware’s Perkins Student Center, 325 Academy St. Newark, DE 19716. The RPAC meeting agenda can be found on the state’s Public Meeting Calendar.

The Recycling Public Advisory Council was enacted into law by Senate Bill 234 in May 2010, and charged with advising the Governor’s Office, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, and the Delaware Solid Waste Authority on all aspects of recycling, including: development of grant criteria and selection of applications; a methodology for measuring recycling rates; and possible outreach activities designed to achieve higher recycling rates.

For more information about RPAC, please visit https://dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/waste-hazardous/recycling/recycling-public-advisory-council/, or contact Jackie Howard, DNREC Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Section, at 302-739-9403.

For more information about the monthly RPAC meeting, please go to https://publicmeetings.delaware.gov/Meeting/60140.

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DNREC Recycling Program offers compost bins online at discount price for June 2 pick-up at Fort DuPont State Park

DOVER – DNREC’s Recycling Program within the Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances is offering compost bins that can be pre-ordered online at a discount price – for pick-up only at a Delaware Solid Waste Authority recycling event Saturday, June 2, at Fort DuPont State Park Parade Grounds, 248 Kent Avenue, Delaware City, DE 19706. Pre-order deadline for the FreeGarden Earth compost bins is May 26. Orders must be placed online at www.enviroworld.us/Delaware, with major credit cards and PayPal accepted.

The compost bins cost $50, which is half the retail price. Bins must be picked up between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the DSWA Delaware City event – during which time DNREC’s Recycling Program will also be onsite helping to feature easy-to-use products that can make organic waste diversion easy in Delaware.

Compost bins can provide homeowners a big organic assist in caring for their lawns and gardens. Beneficial to the environment, compost bins help turn food scraps and yard waste into a nutrient-rich soil amendment that replaces traditional fertilizers to produce gardens with healthier plants and vegetables.

To learn more about composting in Delaware please visit: dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/waste-hazardous/recycling/composting/. For more information about DNREC’s Recycling Program within the Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances, please contact Don Long by email Donald.long@delaware.gov or by calling 302-739-9403 (ext. 4).

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DNREC, DTI electronics recycling partnership saved Delaware more than $110,000 in 2017 energy costs

DOVER – A partnership between the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and Delaware’s Department of Technology and Information (DTI) with the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) in the national State Electronics Challenge has saved the state more than $110,000 in energy costs for 2017. Participation in the State Electronics Challenge was open to all state agencies with IT services managed by DTI, including DNREC.

The annual electronics challenge encourages state, tribal, regional, and local governments to responsibly manage their offices more energy-efficiently by purchasing greener office equipment; by reducing the impacts of these products during use; and by managing obsolete electronics at the end-of-lifecycle in an environmentally safe way.

“Through DNREC’s partnership in the State Electronics Challenge Program we are supporting the state’s efforts at managing the lifecycle stewardship of electronic equipment,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin. “The program provides tools to track progress, measure results, and see environmental benefits. DNREC’s efforts also included sending most of our electronic equipment for reuse in Delaware schools, with the remainder going to a certified recycler.”

“It is a priority of Governor Carney’s administration to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of Delaware government, and our participation in the State Electronics Challenge has been a great way for us to save the State money in energy costs,” said Delaware Chief Information Officer James Collins. “DTI supports DNREC’s, and all of our IT centralized agencies’ efforts to leverage our purchasing power and manage the IT environment in a way that aligns with our sustainability goals.”

The collective action of Delaware’s state agencies participating in the State Electronics Challenge Delaware yielded the following environmental benefits during 2017:

  • Savings of over 1 million kWh of energy, equivalent to powering 83 homes/year;
  • Reducing 163,800 metric tons of carbon equivalents, equivalent to removing 34,630 cars from the road/year;
  • Reduced toxic materials, including lead and mercury, by 5 pounds; and
  • Prevention and diversion of 24,840 pounds of municipal solid waste, equivalent to waste generated by seven households/year.

DNREC and DTI chose electronics that meet the state’s IT and sustainability goals for purchasing and performance, using criteria based on Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool-registered products as a required or preferred standard in bids, contracts, and/or leases for IT equipment in calendar year 2017.

Many state agencies practice responsible reuse of electronic devices and partner with the Delaware Center for Educational Technology’s Partners in Technology Program (Par-Tech) to distribute the devices to schools where they are refurbished and serve a second life. This program provides a cost-effective alternative to new equipment purchases for those schools that need additional computer systems.

Responsible reuse also reduces mining of raw materials and the carbon footprint of manufacturing. All electronic equipment that is not refurbished for schools is sent to a certified e-Stewards electronics recycler to ensure recycling best practices for toxic materials and high standards of environmental, health, and safety protections.

For more information, including the full report on the states’ actions and benefits in the State Electronics Challenge, please email Don Long of DNREC’s Recycling Program within the Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances, or call 302-739-9403.

Media contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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Three additional private wells in Blades area return test results exceeding EPA’s health advisory level for PFCs

BLADES – The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the Division of Public Health (DPH) announced today that three private wells tested Feb. 19 in the Blades area by the US Environmental Protection Agency had returned results exceeding the EPA’s national health advisory level for perfluorinated compounds (PFCs). DNREC and EPA immediately notified the property owners of the test results and provided home carbon filtration systems for their water supply.

Two other Blades area wells in the Feb. 19 test group of five private wells were below the EPA’s health advisory of 70 parts per trillion (70/ppt) for PFCs. Of 44 private wells sampled so far by EPA in the area, six of 39 test results returned to date exceeded the EPA health advisory for PFCs.

DNREC, DPH and the Town of Blades continue to provide alternative water to area residents on private wells who request it. Containers brought in by area residents requesting water will be filled with carbon-treated water at Blades Town Hall. Water is distributed from the Blades Town Hall, 20 West Fourth Street, Blades, DE 19973 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Media contact: Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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DNREC’s Recycling Program offers ‘Bin It to Win It’ educational recycling game for middle schools

DOVER – DNREC’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Section’s Recycling Program has a new interactive game that travels to Delaware middle schools and helps enlighten students about single-stream recycling. The “Bin It to Win It” game is part of the Recycling Program’s new “Clean the Stream” recycling campaign.

Bin It to Win It brings together teams of students in grades 5-8, and gives them two minutes to sort items by “recyclables” and “trash,” and deposit them into the proper bin. At the end of two minutes, a recycling referee reviews their bins and retrieves any incorrectly-placed items, explaining why the items should or should not be recycled. The team with the most correctly-sorted items will be announced as the winner, with pens made of recycled materials as prizes

“In order to create a more sustainable future for Delaware, we need to educate students on the importance of recycling,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin. “Teaching our students about what goes in the trash and what goes in the recycling bin is the first step toward learning good recycling habits, and we hope they will take their knowledge home to share with their families and friends.”

To find out more about bringing “Bin It to Win It” to your school, please contact Jackie Howard or Don Long, DNREC Recycling Program, 302-739-9403, extension 8.

To learn more about recycling, please visit www.recycling.delaware.gov.

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CONTACT: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902