Resource Management in the State of Delaware

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.

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