Fy 2003 Recycling Assistance Grant Summaries Grant Recipient

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FY 2003 Recycling Assistance Grant Summaries

Grant Recipient: Christ the Teacher Catholic School Grant Amount: $3,077.50

2451 Frazer Road Amount Used: $3,077.50

Newark DE 19702

302-838-8850 x129

Contact: Gina Scarmozzi

Project Description: Develop a flyer promoting the on-site ‘RECYCLE DELAWARE’ center; distribute the flyer to neighboring communities and students’ families. Use the school newsletter, parish bulletins, signage, and school open houses to promote recycling. Purchase shredded tires as playground surface, purchase playground equipment made from recycled materials, and incorporate the use of these materials into lessons on the importance of “completing the cycle.” Incorporate recycling lessons into the school’s math, science, art, social studies, language arts, and music curricula. Purchase recycling bins to be used in the school for collection of recyclables, which will be taken to the on-site ‘RECYCLE DELAWARE’ center. Measure and record the quantities of materials recycled. Award prizes to students for outstanding achievement in promoting recycling and in creating artwork with recycled materials.

Project Accomplishments: The school’s May 2003 newsletter included a discussion of the on-site ‘RECYCLE DELAWARE’ center and the goals of the recycling project. As of the end of the grant period, a flyer for distribution to several communities was being developed, with the expectation that it would be completed by the end of the school year. Recycling promotional materials were distributed at an open house during Catholic Schools Week. Shredded tire material for the playground was purchased in the summer of 2003. The school found that it had significantly underestimated the cost for the amount of material needed but decided to proceed with the purchase nonetheless, as well as purchasing playground equipment made from recycled plastic bottles. The school also purchased receptacles and placed them in the cafeteria and in the teachers’ lounge for collection of cans and plastic bottles. Recycling has been incorporated into curricula in many subjects. Examples include: art projects using recycled materials; creation of graphs and charts to depict quantities of materials recycled; collecting recyclables for purposes of teaching math lessons; and purchasing recycling-themed books for the library. Prizes for outstanding class achievement and student artwork were to be awarded near the close of the school year (after the end of the grant period).

Monthly reports from DSWA show that the quantity of materials collected in the on-site ‘RECYCLE DELAWARE’ center has increased significantly since the inception of the project. For the period October 2003 through March 2004, the average quantity collected per month was 3,287 pounds, compared to 2,291 pounds for the same period a year previously.

Grant Recipient: City of Dover Grant Amount: $1,257.46

P.O. Box 475 Amount Used: $1,257.46

Dover DE 19903-0475


Contact: Scott Koenig

Project Description: Develop a two-sided flyer to promote recycling of electronic goods and use of ‘RECYCLE DELAWARE’ centers. One side will describe Dover’s program for collection old e-goods; the reverse side will contain information about ‘RECYCLE DELAWARE’ and maps showing all of the drop-off locations within Dover’s sanitation service territory. Distribute the flyer by inserting it into residents’ utility bills.

Project Accomplishments: The flyer was drafted, submitted to DNREC for review and comment, then sent for printing. The flyers were mailed out with the utility bills in May 2004, with approximately 19,000 flyers being mailed.
Grant Recipient: Henderson Heights Civic Association Grant Amount: $6,110.00

2 Henderson Hill Road Amount Used: $1,629.19

Newark DE 19711


Contact: Lonnie D. Webb

Project Description: Survey residents to establish a baseline of types and quantities of materials currently being recycled and composted. Investigate residents’ interest in receiving bins for collection of recyclables and for composting. Purchase recycling and composting bins; prepare decals, promotional materials, and guidance manuals; and distribute the bins and written materials to interested residents. Involve area youth and scouting groups in the recycling initiative (distributing questionnaires; signing up households; distributing bins; collecting recyclables). Involve children in creating posters, signs, and flyers about recycling, for neighborhood display. Determine and implement an appropriate method for collecting recyclables at the curb. Measure and record quantities of materials recycled. Conduct periodic follow-up surveys to determine whether residents’ recycling and composting behavior has changed. Award prizes to youth and scouting troops for outstanding contributions to the program.

Project Accomplishments: Surveys conducted by the Association generated a list of 22 households expressing an interest in receiving bins for in-house storage of their recyclables. The project team decided not to purchase compost bins for distribution, reasoning that people could easily construct their own if they were interested in composting. They made a presentation to the neighborhood Brownie troop but determined that the members were too young to perform the duties of collecting and transporting recyclables, and they were unsuccessful in finding other youth interested in collecting the recyclables on a regular basis. Plans to involve children in making posters, signs, etc., did not materialize. With the expansion of DSWA’s subscription curbside recycling program into the Henderson Heights area, there seemed little need for separate curbside pickup as planned by the project team seemed superfluous. As of August 13, 2004, recycling bins had been distributed to 15 residences. Five sets of bins have yet to be claimed by interested households.
Grant Recipient: City of New Castle Grant Amount: $3,750.00

220 Delaware Street Amount Used: $1,438.10

New Castle DE 19720


Contact: Robert W. Martin

Project Description: Purchase two trailers; mount in-stock Waste Warrior collection receptacles on the trailers and affix signage to attract the deposition of cans and bottles for recycling. Use these mobile recycling stations to collect recyclables at no fewer than seven public events. Deliver the recyclables to appropriate facilities for recycling; measure and record the quantities recycled. Develop and implement a recycling outreach initiative.

Project Accomplishments: Only one trailer was purchased. Waste Warriors were mounted, signs were affixed, and the station was used at these events: May Market, Old Day in New Castle, Separation Day, Concert in Battery Park (7 successive Wednesdays), Art on the Green, New Castle Antique Show, and Old New Castle Run. A total of 63 pounds of cans, 57 pounds of glass, and 65 pounds of plastic were collected. At the end of the grant period, an educational brochure was in development.
Grant Recipient: Delaware Academy of Science, Inc. Grant Amount: $3,648.00

Iron Hill Museum Amount Used: $1,901.00

1355 Old Baltimore Pike

Newark DE 19702


Contact: Laura Lee

Project Description: Develop an outreach program appropriate to children in grades 3 through 6 designed to teach the impacts of human activities on non-renewable natural resources. Disseminate information about the program to schools and to the media. Present the program to individual classrooms. Encourage students to collect waste paper at home and bring it to school as “payment” for the presentation (the paper will subsequently be delivered to a ‘RECYCLE DELAWARE’ center). Offer prizes for the collection of cans. Conduct pre- and post-presentation surveys of students and their parents to measure the amount of recycling being done as well as the effectiveness of the program in motivating people to recycle more. Conduct an essay contest, with prizes being awarded to the winning essay writer.

Project Accomplishments: The program (“Whose Trash Is It, Anyway?”) was developed and implemented, and served not only grades 3 through 6 but a small number of younger students as well. The program met state education curriculum standards. Despite significant efforts to generate interest via press releases faxed to the media and schools, followed up with phone calls and mailings, requests for the program were slow in coming until word-of-mouth recommendations began to spread from teacher to teacher. Ultimately, the program was presented at 15 schools (reflecting 88 classrooms and 2,287 students), with the educator receiving more requests than she could fulfill toward the end of the grant period. Junk mail collected by the schools totaled about 4,565 pounds. Three schools collected cans for bonus prizes, with Townsend Elementary collecting the greatest amount (more than 800 cans). Students’ families were asked to complete questionnaires both before and after the children viewed the presentation. Responses indicate that of all the materials accepted by ‘RECYCLE DELAWARE,’ the one recycled by the greatest number of people is cans (40% of respondents), followed by newspaper (34%). Fifty-eight (58) percent of post-presentation respondents indicated that, as a result of the presentation, they had learned that junk mail is recyclable in the state’s program. Forty-eight (48) percent said that they knew the location of junk mail receptacles in their area.
Grant Recipient: The City of Newark Grant Amount: $20,250.00

Public Works Department Amount Used: $20,250.00

PO Box 390

Newark DE 19715-0390


Contact: Richard M. Lapointe

Project Description: Engage the services of a contractor to construct an access road to the city’s new composting site. Purchase equipment and materials necessary to site preparation and access road construction.

Project Accomplishments: Contract No. 03-19, “Site Improvements at Iron Glen Park,” was awarded to R. Julian Enterprises, Inc. The contract included the installation of an access haul road, clearing and grubbing of the compost area, and seeding. All equipment and materials required for the preparation of the site and access road were included in the contract. The work was completed on October 24, 2003.
Grant Recipient: The City of Newark Grant Amount: $4,133.30

Parks and Recreation Department Amount Used: $4,133.30

PO Box 390

Newark DE 19715-0390


Contact: Joe Spadafino

Project Description: Purchase containers, liners, and decals for collection of recyclables at no fewer than three public events in Newark. Measure and record quantities of recyclables collected at each event, and deliver recyclables to appropriate recycling facilities. Make the containers available to the University of Delaware for use at University events.

Project Accomplishments: The City purchased 40 54-gallon recycling containers and 2 cases of liners. Decals indicating that the containers are for recyclable cans and bottles were also purchased and were affixed to the bins. The containers were used at five public events, resulting in the recycling of 157 pounds of materials. The quantity of recyclables collected increased at each successive event. The University was made aware of the availability of the containers but did not use them during the grant period.
Grant Recipient: Loyal Order of the Moose Grant Amount: $1,200.00

Women of the Moose Amount Used: $ 873.55

1932 Seneca Road

Wilmington DE 19805


Contact: April Garr

Project Description: Survey the target population (residents of The Woods subdivision and members of the Newark Moose Lodge) to determine their current waste handling practices. Encourage families to sign a pledge card agreeing to recycle. Purchase recycling bins and distribute them to the target population. Develop and distribute a flyer explaining why, where, and what to recycle. Involve the 4-H Club in creating a tool for tracking the recycling activity. Measure and record the quantities of materials recycled.

Project Accomplishments: Flyers (“Hop on Board for Recycling”) and surveys were developed and distributed to all homes in The Woods development. The 4-H Club helped to stuff the hanging bags and distributed them throughout the neighborhood. Of the 70 recycling bins purchased, 44 were given to residents of The Woods and 26 to members of Newark Moose Lodge #630. Each person receiving bins filled out a survey describing current recycling habits and, in some cases, promising to recycle in the future. At least five families indicated that they had been thinking about recycling and that having the bins might motivate them to get started. Several others seemed surprised to learn of the wide variety of things that can be recycled.
Grant Recipient: City of Rehoboth Beach Grant Amount: $9,150.00

P.O. Box C Amount Used: $9,025.05

Rehoboth Beach DE 19971


Contact: Gregory Ferrese

Project Description: Purchase 200 barrels for collection of aluminum and plastic containers. Affix labels and place the barrels in pairs at 100 locations along the boardwalk. Purchase a trailer and two dumping hoppers for use in managing the collected cans and bottles. Deliver the recyclables to appropriate facilities for recycling. Conduct a multi-media campaign to promote the recycling program. Measure and record the quantities collected and recycled.

Project Accomplishments: The barrels, trailer, and hoppers were purchased and were used during the 2004 beach season. 4,100 pounds of aluminum cans were taken to a recycler. The program was advertised in the city’s newsletter, which was sent to 4,000 property owners. The material collected on the boardwalk was severely contaminated, and a significant amount had to be discarded. With the approval of DNREC, the city used remaining grant money to hire a consultant to evaluate the program, identify the causes of the contamination, and recommend steps to take to improve the program so as to yield a cleaner product.
Grant Recipient: University of Delaware Grant Amount: $14,066.00

Office of the Vice Provost Amount Used: $13,231.88

210 Hullihen Hall

Newark DE 19716


Contact: Mark Manno

Project Description: Expand existing composting education programs by conduction hands-on workshops in elementary schools, camps, and after-school programs, and by offering in-service instruction on composting to teachers. Establish two compost demonstration sites in state parks (one in Kent County and one in Sussex County). Purchase backyard composting bins and sell them to the public at various public events throughout the state; use the money from the sale of the bins to purchase more bins and additional educational materials. Follow up the composting bin sales with questionnaires designed to gain information about the use of the bins and the amount of material being composted.

Project Accomplishments: The educator hired by the University to conduct the composting education program made 48 trips to schools as well as several scouting events and teacher in-service training sessions. A total of 4,388 people attended compost education sessions. She also spearheaded the establishment of two compost demonstration sites – one at Killens Pond State Park (Kent County) and the other at Trap Pond State Park (Sussex County). In addition, she sold compost bins on behalf on the Mid-Atlantic Composting Association (MACA), which had purchased bins using grant money in FY02; however, since MACA still has several hundred unsold bins, the University did not purchase additional bins to sell.

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