Keep Wilmington Clean

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Every Wilmington neighborhood deserves to be clean, and working together toward this goal improves our self-image and our shared future. Mayor Purzycki’s Beautiful City Initiative is a consistent, sustained effort by City government and the community to keep Wilmington clean.

The Beautiful City Initiative involves:

  • Cleaning the gateways before sunrise:
    • Lancaster Avenue
    • 4th Street
    • Maryland Avenue
    • Northeast Boulevard
    • Church Street
    • Vandever Avenue
    • Pennsylvania Avenue
    • Concord Avenue
    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
  • Deploying more hand cleaning crews for greater attention to sidewalks, trees, grass, and utilities.
  • Distributing and requiring the use of new and free trash bins to residential properties citywide in spring 2018. The bins can be lifted by trucks, improving worker safety and speeding up service.
  • Promoting proper trash and recycling methods to increase recycling rates from 20% to above 30%.
  • Improving landscaping and maintenance for:
    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
    • Delaware Avenue
    • Northeast Boulevard at 12th Street
    • 11th Street between Spruce and Church Streets
    • Concord Avenue and Broom Street
    • South Market Street from A Street to Howard Street
    • D Street at Heald Street
  • Reviving Adopt-A-Block, through which organizations and individuals help keep an area clean.
  • Improving the process for removing dead or damaged trees from public areas.
  • Using water flusher trucks to clean streets more often.
  • Improving illegal dumping enforcement.
  • Replacing missing or worn street signs.
  • Repainting crosswalks and stop bars.
  • Repainting fire hydrants.

Trash & Recycling Collection Schedule

West of I-95 Recycling Collection

  • Date: 03/05/2019  

Preparing Your Recyclables

  1. Place all recyclable materials loosely into recycle bin.
  2. Any used food containers should be cleaned before placing them in the bin.
  3. Cans must be placed for pick-up before 4 a.m. on the day of collection, but not before 6 p.m. on the day prior to collection.
  4. Cans must be removed no later than 6 p.m. on the day of collection.
  5. Each can and its contents must weigh less than 50 pounds.

What Can Be Recycled?

  • Glass Bottles and Jars
  • Detergent Containers
  • Plastic Milk Containers
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Steel Cans (Soup)
  • Tin Cans
  • Empty Aerosol Cans
  • Newspaper
  • Mixed Paper
  • Telephone Books
  • Envelopes
  • Cardboard
  • Junk Mail
  • Soft Books
  • Magazines
  • Cereal Boxes
  • White Paper
  • Plastic Containers with the #1 - #7 recycling symbol designation (e.g. yogurt and margarine tubs, lotion and sunscreen tubes, ketchup bottles, microwave trays)
  • Cartons and aseptic packaging (e.g. juice boxes, gable-top milk, and juice containers)

For further questions on what can or can't be recycled, call the Public Works Call Center at (302) 576-3878.

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