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Overview

WORC is the most state-of-the-art, large scale commercial food and yard waste composting facility in North America. The facility sits on 27 acres across from the Port of Wilmington, Delaware, strategically located for waste haulers and generators from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. This location was formerly a brownfield site that was remediated prior to WORC construction. The project was developed by The Peninsula Compost Group over a three-year period at a cost of $20 million. Ground was broken in May 2009, and construction was complete in December 2009.

BENEFITS

  • Accepts 160,000 tons per year of source separated organic waste and turns it into a rich, fertile soil amendment known as compost
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of removing 8,800 automobiles from area roads per year
  • Diverts 120,000 tons of organic waste annually from landfills, extending the useful life of the landfill facilities
  • Lowers the cost of organic waste disposal rates anywhere from 20-50% on “tip” fees at WORC versus surrounding landfills, and there are no surcharges (fuel or environmental fees)
  • Produced the first Community Benefits Agreement in the State of Delaware, which was entered into with the Southbridge/ Neighborhood House Association, the closest community to WORC

Location

WORC is located adjacent to I-495 and the Port of Wilmington. The site is immediately across the Christina River from DSWA’s Cherry Island landfill. The site has rail and barge access. The specific address of the facility is:

612 Christiana Avenue
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: 302-COMPOST

PURCHASING INFORMATION

Please click here to get more info about purchasing compost from WORC.

Partners

EDiS Company
Port Contractors
Waste Management

OUR CUSTOMERS

Many companies realize that there are environmental and economic advantages to disposing of their organic waste at WORC. We offer very low tipping fees in comparison to surrounding landfills as well as the opportunity for our customers to be environmentally conscious and not add to the swelling landfills in the area. Although we have dozens of customers visiting WORC daily, here are a few...

 
   

FACILITY MANAGER

Brian Schaffer,
Executive Vice President and General Manager

Mr. Schaffer grew up working in the waste business in the Greater Philadelphia Area. His family has been in the Municipal Solid Waste and recycling business for four generations. As President of American Waste, Inc., from 1993-2003, Mr. Schaffer built and managed the company’s operations in Philadelphia and King of Prussia, PA, as well as its compaction equipment sales, installation, and repair business. After selling the business to Republic Services, Inc., in 2003, Mr. Schaffer began managing a portfolio of 500 major accounts at Republic Services, consistently exceeding his sales goals. In 2005 he was promoted to Division Sales Manager where he significantly reduced customer churn. Mr. Schaffer is a proven leader with a track record of success in sales, operation management, team development, and customer satisfaction.

 

Meet Cooper, our popular mascot, who keeps our facility free of pesky unwanted "feathered friends."

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