ILSR’s 2007 Report to the Delaware State Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) presents an approach for changing solid waste management to resource management in this small Mid-Atlantic state. ILSR recommends a surcharge to finance infrastructure development for the public and private sectors. The $6 per ton surcharge would raise $20 million in 6 years. The surcharge would then sun set. ILSR identifies the following priority sectors for investment:
- Infrastructure for cities and private companies
- Managers (college and university credited programs)
- Public awareness and education
- Technical assistance and administration
ILSR concludes that such an investment program will allow the state to reach a 75% diversion goal through recycling and composting.