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Recycling for Business

Businesses can make a major contribution to recycling in Delaware. They can help their customers recycle and manage wastes, and they can structure their own business practices to take advantage of recycling opportunities and resources.

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Starting or improving a recycling program in your business, not-for-profit, or institution may reduce your total waste collection costs. Waste haulers typically charge based on the size of your container (typically in cubic yards) and collection frequency, not how much trash is actually picked up. Therefore, if you can reduce the trash container size, number of containers or collection frequency by recycling more of your waste, you may save money on your waste collection. The key is diverting as much material from your trash to recycling, as well as reducing the amount of trash and recyclables your organization generates in the first place.

The Basics

Common Questions about Commercial Recycling in Delaware

Commercial and Institutional Waste Generation and Recycling Collection Worksheet

Guidance for Managing Used Aerosol Cans Generated by Commercial Entities

Disposing of Fluorescent Lamps

Disposing of CRTs and Computer Monitors

Managing Scrap Tires

The Reuse Marketplace, a free service to find, sell, trade, or give away reusable and surplus items


The Delaware Green Lodging program is a joint initiative by DNREC and the Delaware Hotel and Lodging Association to promote pollution prevention practices in the tourism and hospitality industry. And DNREC offers a Hotel Recycling toolkit.


DNREC offers a Clean Marina Guidebook to help marina and boatyard operators to protect the resource that provides their livelihood: clean water. The guidebook provides suggested best management practices to help make the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of marinas and boatyards as pollution-free as possible.

Multi-Family Residences

DNREC provides a toolkit for managers of multi-family residences to help them plan and implement recycling in their buildings.

Multi-family Residential Recycling Plan and Waste Generation and Recyclable Collection Worksheet

Program Announcement Template

Program Newsletter Template

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