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Waste is something we all create. Even if we recycle and compost, these are two very important parts of what makes up our waste stream in Delaware. We offer field trips, virtual programs and outreach programs for all ages.
All programs are free!

Field Trips

Visit one of DSWA’s two environmental education centers to be immersed into the world of waste through interactive exhibits and experiential learning. All programs are 2 hours long and can accommodate up to 60 students. 


New Castle

-Visit the Environmental Education Building in New Castle to see the Delaware Recycling Center, the state’s only sorting and processing facility. 

-Programs include a bus tour of the recycling center (bus provided by visitors). 

-Classroom lessons teach how to correctly recycle at home.

-Interactive exhibits provide experiential learning of landfills, household hazardous waste, composting and natural resources.  

-A live- action conveyor belt allows students to practice their recycling skills while learning about jobs inside recycling center. 

-The classroom is available for lunch at the conclusion of the program (lunch provided by visitors).

Coming Soon

The success of the Environmental Education Building has led DSWA to expand its program and is in the process of opening a new Environmental Education Center in Dover. This center aims to provide the same interactive and classroom learning experience as the original center and be more accessible to schools in Kent and Sussex County.

Virtual Programs

If you are unable to visit one of our environmental education centers in person we offer programs for your students. All programs include a recycling lesson but can be accompanied by other topics that may fit your curriculum i.e, composting, soils or natural resources. All participants will virtually practice their recycling sorting skills with an up close look at our live action conveyor belt!

Virtual programs are 45 minutes and can accommodate up to 30 students (if using their own devices). Programs can support Zoom and Microsoft Teams. 

All programs are FREE!

School Outreach Program

Let us bring recycling education to you! Whether you want an assembly about recycling for your entire grade level or a presentation for your school’s green team our staff can accommodate any size group. Programs can include a visit from Trash Can Dan! 

Outreach programs are about 45 minutes.
Audio/visual capabilities are preferred but not required. 

Adult/Special Group Presentations

Everyone has something to learn when it comes to best waste practices! Adult groups are invited to schedule a program at one of DSWA’s environmental education centers or request an outreach program. All programs provide a presentation to clarify the dos and don’ts of using your recycling bin and how all recyclables are managed in Delaware. 

Programs run 1-1.5 hours and can be scheduled during the day/evening. 

Programs scheduled at one of DSWA’s environmental education centers can accommodate up to 30 adults. Outreach programs can accommodate groups of any size.