Recycling & Litter Prevention

Healthy residents need a healthy community and surrounding environment. The Delaware Public Health District is committed to the environmental health of Delaware County, and hosts a variety of activities that encourage litter prevention and overall care of the environment.

Whether it’s sweeping the local waterways of Delaware County for trash by boat, coordinating roadway clean-up or educating students on proper ways to recycle, litter prevention is a priority of the Delaware Public Health District.

Residential Composting Program

Click here to read news release introducing this program

Why Compost Food Scraps?

  • Provides an essential recycling service for our community.
  • Has a positive impact on the environment.
  • Reduces the amount of material sent to landfills.
  • Creates a beneficial product that provides essential nutrients to the soil.

Prevent Wasted Food from Being Landfilled:

How Does the Residential Composting Program Work?
Pick up a bucket (one per household) from Price Farms Organics, Ltd. or City of Delaware Public Works office. Fill it with food scraps. When full, take your bucket to be emptied only at Price Farms Organics, Ltd.

  • What? All foods (raw, cooked, scraps), meat, bones, oil, coffee grounds, dairy, paper towels and napkins can be placed in the bucket.
  • Who? Open to all City of Delaware and Delaware County residents.
  • Where? When full, take your bucket to be emptied at Price Farms Organics, Ltd. Price Farms staff will direct you where to drop off your food scraps.
  • Cost? Free!

Price Farms Organics, Ltd.
4838 Warrensburg Rd. 
Delaware, Ohio
(740) 369-1000
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4pm
Saturday 8am-3pm
Sunday Closed

Delaware Public Works
440 E. William St. 
Delaware, Ohio
(740) 203-1810
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-3:30pm

Jenifer Way-Young

The Keep Delaware County Beautiful (KDCB) program is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc., promoting Delaware County recycling. The KDCB Coalition provides recycling and litter prevention activities and environmental education programs to the residents and businesses of Delaware County.

Keep Delaware County Beautiful is your local resource for recycling and litter prevention programs and works with the Delaware, Knox, Marion, and Morrow (DKMM) Solid Waste District to provide local recycling and litter prevention programs and activities. KDCB coordinates the recycling drop offs on behalf of the DKMM Solid Waste District.

KDCB’s staff is responsible for assisting Delaware County residents by providing them with the information they need to properly dispose of solid waste. KDCB provides information on how to dispose of special wastes and organizes special collection events each year.

Special Collection events are scheduled in cooperation with the DKMM. These events are held in each of the four counties every year and all are open to Delaware County residents. See Special Collection Events for a list of accepted materials and for more information on Delaware County recycling.

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  • Clean Your Block Party!

    This initiative invites neighbors, friends and family to participate in cleaning your block or another public space. Keep Delaware County Beautiful will provide your team with the tools needed to clean your block, including trash bags, gloves and litter grabbers. Contact Jenifer Way-Young to help organize your “block party” cleanup!
  • Great American Clean Up

    The Great American Clean up is a national community improvement event that takes place each year. In 2014-15, Delaware County had 629 volunteers who worked more than 900 hours and collected almost 7 tons of litter from our parks, roadways, rivers and wetlands.
  • River Sweeps

    The Delaware Public Health District’s Keep Delaware County Beautiful program has been organizing River Clean up events since the early 1990’s, and volunteers have removed many tons of tires and trash.  River Sweep partners include the Scioto River Valley Federation, Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed, Preservation Parks of Delaware County, City of Delaware, and the Olentangy Watershed Alliance.