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Governor Markell appoints new advisory council to oversee Delaware’s universal recycling initiative

News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
Vol. 40, No. 318
For more information, please contact Bill Miller, Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances, 302-739-9403, or Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

DOVER (Sept. 15, 2010) –  Governor Jack Markell has appointed members to an expanded Recycling Public Advisory Council (RPAC) and charged it with carrying out Delaware’s universal recycling initiative in collaboration with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. The council, which has an advisory role on almost all aspects of recycling in the state, also now includes representation by the business sectors affected by the new universal recycling law.
“Our recycling council members bring broad expertise and perspective that will help move Delaware forward with universal recycling,” said Governor Jack Markell. “They bring a business and personal perspective to our law which is affecting both businesses and residents. In collaboration with DNREC, they will help Delawareans reap the environmental and economic benefits of recycling in the years to come.”
“Delaware has an opportunity to be a national leader in recycling. The advice from a great team of RPAC facilitators will help us reach the state’s goal of diverting 50 percent of our trash from disposal by 2015," said DNREC Secretary Collin O'Mara. "Universal recycling will extend the life of our landfills by many years and save money while more importantly enabling stronger stewardship of our land and underlying water resources."
RPAC previously existed via executive orders and comprised a panel of 11 members. The new recycling advisory council established by law has 16 members – with the food, restaurant and beverage industry and the Chamber of Commerce now represented on the council. Members and their affiliations are:
·         Delaware TodayDuncan Smith (Public, Indian River School District)
·         Kyle Sonnenberg (Delaware League of Local Governments, City of Newark),
·         George Danneman (Soft Drink Industry, Delaware Beverage Association)
·         Michael Fusca (Alcohol Beverage Industry, Standard Distributing Company)
·         Thomas Houska (Waste Hauling Industry, Waste Management, Inc.)
·         Basil Kollias (Delaware Chamber of Commerce)
·         Carrie Leishman (Restaurant Industry, Delaware Restaurant Association)
·         Julie Miro Wenger (Delaware Food Industry Council)
·         Brock Vinton II (Public – Citizens Solid Waste Solutions Commission);
·         Paul Bickhart (Recycling Industry, Recycling Express of Delaware);
·         Pasquale Canzano (Chief Executive Officer, Delaware Solid Waste Authority);
·         Richard Cecil (Delaware Association of Counties);
·         Patricia Todd (Public – League of Women Voters);
·         Wallace Kremer (Public – Delaware Environmental Alliance for Senior Involvement);
·         Richard Fleming (Public – Delaware Nature Society);
·         Marjorie Crofts (Director, DNREC Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances).
The new Recycling Public Advisory Council also has an expanded role from the former council. Tasks include advising DNREC and the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) on all aspects of recycling, maintaining a methodology for measuring recycling rates, annual reporting to the Governor and General Assembly on the status of recycling, monitoring the status of recycling goals, and working with DSWA and DNREC to implement public educational efforts. On top of these already important activities, RPAC is also working with DNREC to help develop a recycling grant and loan program and to develop reporting guidelines for the recycling industry.
The recycling grant and loan program was also created by Senate Bill 234, and is slated to start in 2011. The goal is to help waste haulers and municipalities among other entities improve recycling. More information can be found on Universal Recycling through reading Senate Bill 234 or visiting To ensure that the grant and loan program gets established and vetted on time, RPAC is working diligently with DNREC to finalize the program guidelines this fall.
An informative and easy reporting mechanism is necessary for accurately measuring what is recycled in Delaware. RPAC is working with DNREC to develop reporting guidelines for the recycling industry. The goal is to have an effective tool to collect recycling data while keeping data confidential and making submission easy for the industry. The guidance is required to be in place by December 1, 2010.
The RPAC meets monthly at alternating locations in Delaware to discuss the state’s recycling issues. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Bear Library. Meetings are always open to the public and meeting locations rotate to each county. Items to be discussed at the next RPAC meeting are:
•           Approval of minutes from August 18, 2010 meeting
•           Rules of order
•           Recycling grant/loan program
•           Recycling reporting requirements
•           Outreach and education
•           RPAC annual report
•           Recycling market update
•           Scheduling of future meetings
Michael Globetti
Public Affairs-Office of the Secretary
Dept. of Natural Resources
and Environmental Control