A: YES. All commercial businesses in Delaware is required to participate in a comprehensive recycling program, due to a law that went into effect on January 1, 2014. This includes for-profit and not-for profit retail or wholesale stores, offices, food service establishments, warehouses, and other manufacturing, industrial or processing activities, and institutions such as social, charitable, educational, healthcare, professional and government services.
Q: Can recycling really save my business money?
A: Yes; if implemented properly. By reducing trash disposal costs and generating revenue from the recycled materials, you could achieve savings. The best way to determine if you can save money by recycling is to take an audit of your waste stream and determine the available options to reduce, reuse, and recycle the waste that is generated.
Q: How do I implement and sustain a recycling program for my business?
A: The DNREC offers a variety of tool kits to assist with recycling program implementation. Click Here for Tool kits are located at http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/whs/awm/Recycling/Pages/Recycling.aspx
Q: What are some other waste prevention and reduction tips for my business?
A: The first and most effective component of the waste hierarchy is reducing the waste created. Generators of waste are encouraged to reduce their waste by purchasing in bulk, buying items with less packaging and switching to reusable instead of single-use items. Businesses can adopt manufacturing methods that require fewer resources and generate less waste. In addition to benefiting the environment, these efforts often offer the financial incentive of lower expenses in purchases. For more information on waste prevention and reduction visit: EPA Website www.epa.gov/smm/wastewise/wrr/prevent.htm and www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/rrr/reduce.html
Q: What happens if my business doesn’t recycle?
A: The Delaware Solid Waste Recycling Law gives the DNREC enforcement authority to collect from $100 to $1,500 per day for failure to comply with the requirements of universal recycling.
Q: What must be recycled?
A: The type of materials that must be recycled is not specified; however, you must have a comprehensive recycling program. Materials commonly recycled in the commercial sector include, but are not limited to:
- Paper – Newspaper, office paper, corrugated cardboard, and other paper types
- Scrap metals
- Scrap lumber
- Glass – Bottles and jars (clear, green, and amber)
- Aluminum – Beverage containers
- Other metals – Steel cans, auto bodies, refrigerators, stoves, and batteries
- Used motor oil – Vehicle crankcase oil
- Plastics – Soda bottles, milk jugs, bags, and detergent containers
Q: Is universal recycling in the best interest of Delawareans?
A: Yes, it reduces the need to expand Delaware’s current landfills, thus reducing the disposal costs for both residents and businesses alike. Recycling conserves valuable natural resources, energy, and also supports job creation.
Q: Why should my business recycle?
A: Recycling protects our health and environment by keeping harmful substances out of our waste stream. It also conserves our natural resources, by reducing the need for raw materials. AND it reduces our need to expand or create new toxic landfills.
Q. Can I rent a portable restroom for just one day?
Yes! Our portable restrooms are great for weekend parties, or one day events. If is best to give us a call at least a few days ahead to make arrangements.
Q. Do you guarantee that your portable restrooms are clean?
Yes! Our portable restrooms are clean, durable and sanitary. All portable units are delivered in pristine condition.
Q. How far in advance do I need to reserve a portable restroom?
At least 48 hours in advance. For large special events or job sites, a longer lead time is advisable. We work with you in cases of emergency to the best of our ability.
Q. Am I required to have a portable toilet on my job site?
OSHA requires a portable toilet on a construction site under the Safety and Health Regulations and most city ordinances specifically spell out the requirement of a portable toilet on a construction site.
Q. What is the frequency of service on my portable toilet?
We typically service portable toilets once per week, but this can be adjusted according to your needs. This is done to keep the units fully stocked, clean and sanitized.
Q. Do you offer ADA restrooms?
Yes, our ADA units are large enough and obtain the proper elements to meet the standards that have been outlined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Q. What about the odors and germs associated with a portable restroom?
Equipped to handle functions of all sizes and durations, our selection of high-quality portable toilets and sanitizer stations are clean, durable, sanitary and aesthetically pleasing. Our employees clean and sanitize the portable restrooms at each service which includes washing with soap and water. We also provide a special detergent in the water, which acts not only as a sanitizer but deodorizer as well to keep the unit smelling great while reducing exposure to germs.
Q: How many portable restrooms do I need?
A: While we can help you determine how many units you should rent, the rule of thumb is one porta potty unit for every 50 people at your function. This should help you budget accordingly. However, if there is alcohol at your event, you may want to increase the number of portable restrooms by 20%.