City News | Wilmington, DE

Mayor Mike Purzycki is pleased today – America Recycles Day – to share an announcement from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) regarding the relaunch of “Recyclopedia”, an online resource to help users properly manage waste and recyclable materials. Making it easier for residents and visitors to recycle is an important way to ensure Wilmington remains a great city. The DNREC press release is presented below.

DNREC relaunches ‘Recyclopedia’ to improve recycling in the state

Instantaneous Recycling Information, Delaware Local Trash Disposal Help, Visitors’ Fingertips

In recognition of America Recycles Day on November 15, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control today is relaunching an enhanced online resource to help Delaware residents and visitors learn what is acceptable for recycling in the first state. Recyclopedia, administered by DNREC’s Waste and Hazardous Substances Division, helps users determine how best to manage waste, whether through recycling or proper disposal. Recyclopedia can be an environmental asset for residents and visitors, whether at home, at work, at school or on vacation.

The web application of offers an easy-to-navigate, illustrated guide to over 375 common items – providing instant answer on how and where these items can be recycled or disposed of most efficiently, and directing app users to the nearest locations for the one or another of consumer actions. Information from Recyclopedia can be retrieved by PC, tablet, mobile phone or other devices.

“The updated Recyclopedia search tool continues to take advantage of the latest technologies enabling DNREC to help Delaware residents and visitors reduce the amount of recyclables and other waste sent to our landfills,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin. “One of our ongoing challenges to improving the recycling rate in Delaware is the uncertainty of where, what, and how to recycle. The new state-specific Recyclopedia helps us meet this challenge by providing better guidance for Delawares to know what, how and where to recycle or properly dispose of waste.

Using Recyclopedia helps citizens adhering to Delaware’s Universal Recycling Act determine whether items should be placed in a curbside recycling cart, taken to a drop-off location, or put in the trash or dumpster. For example, typing “milk jugs” into the Recyclopedia product location will return a response that they are “acceptable” to be placed in the curbside recycling cart – Recyclopedia also informs the user of keep the cap on the jar when recycling. Meanwhile, a search for “coffee mugs” and what to do with them in Delaware results in “Not Acceptable” for the recycling cart and that those mugs should go in the trash.

The Delaware Recyclopedia tool is dynamic and will be updated based on user interaction and research by DNREC staff. For more information, visit

About the DNRC
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control protects and manages the state’s natural resources, safeguards public health, provides opportunities for outdoor recreation, and educates Delawares about the environment. The DNREC Waste and Hazardous Substances Division ensures that Delaware’s waste is managed in a manner that protects human life, health, safety and the environment. For more information, visit the website and connect with @DelawareDNREC on Facebook, instagram, Twitter Where LinkedIn.

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John Rago
Deputy chief of staff
City of Wilmington, Mayor’s Office
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