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DNREC's Recyclopedia aims to boost recycling right

DNREC is launching a new tool to help people understand what can and cannot be recycled.


Recyclopedia is a new online resource unveiled by DNREC to help the public and businesses determine the quickest and easiest ways to recycle materials -- or send them to a landfill.

It provides an easy to navigate pictorial guide for more than 200 commonly used recyclables, and where they can be recycled based on your zip code.

DNREC’s Adam Schlacter says there’s a lot of confusion over what can be recycled curbside, dropped off for recycling, or just put in the trash.

"That was the main reason we created Recyclopedia was to really help people both visually and you know in the written word figure out exactly what they should be doing with something and because we have one program in the state, it's the same," said Schlacter. "So, whether you're in Wilmington or down at the beaches or over in Felton, recycling in Delaware is identical."

Recylopedia will be updated regularly, and it’s available in more than 100 languages.  It is available on computer, tablet, or phone.

Schlacter says the new platform will be user friendly.

"The way the software is set up it actually tracks how people search for things so we can then refine how we mean things or how we are adding things so that it makes it real easy for what people are actually looking for," sais Schlacter. "That way we're not guessing you're looking for a green plastic bag, we can say green plastic bag and then it will show you all of the options."

iWasteNot Systems developed Recylopedia, and DNREC is paying them $10,000 over 3 years for the service.

Joe brings over 20 years of experience in news and radio to Delaware Public Media and the All Things Considered host position. He joined DPM in November 2019 as a reporter and fill-in ATC host after six years as a reporter and anchor at commercial radio stations in New Castle and Sussex Counties.
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