News Flash

Executive - Press Release

Posted on: March 10, 2021

County Executive Meyer announces launch of environmental education contest for schools

NEW CASTLE, DE – New Castle County’s “Great Schools, Clean Streams” campaign starts April 12! Residents have until Friday, April 30th to support their local schools by pledging to dispose of used cooking grease properly online at www.greatschoolscleanstreams.org. Nineteen New Castle County schools will win a share of the $10,000 in cash prizes to purchase classroom materials or support campus projects. 


“We need your help to protect the environment,” County Executive Matt Meyer said. “Sign our Great Schools Clean Streams pledge to set aside leftover cooking grease in a can and throw it in the trash. Small acts make a big difference in keeping our county sewer system clear and reducing pollution in our streams.”


Each participant assigns their pledge to the school of their choice in New Castle County. The schools that collect the most pledges win cash awards for classroom materials and school projects. Children and youth under the age of 18 can also participate by signing the pledge poster on display at their school.


Nineteen schools from three categories based on enrollment size will win cash awards in 2021. First, second and third place awards from each category will receive awards of $1,250, $750 and $500, and all schools with 50 or more pledges will be entered into a wild card drawing for one of ten $250 awards. 


School enrollment categories are:

    1 - 299 students

    300 - 599 students

    600 or more students


New Castle County operates Delaware's largest wastewater treatment system with more than 1,800 miles of sanitary sewer lines that serve 122,000 customers and handle 50 millions of gallons of flow each day. Cooking grease and oils that are poured down the drain attach to the walls of sewer pipes and are a leading cause of sewer blockages, backups and spills which harm the environment and create significant cleanup costs.


New Castle County has reduced the number of backups and overflows by 40% over the past two years through regular monitoring and cleaning and through public outreach like the Great School, Clean Streams campaign.


New Castle County wastewater treatment system quick facts:

    50+ Million Gallons of Wastewater Daily

    1,800 Miles of Sanitary Sewer lines

    45,000 Manholes

    172 Pumping Stations

    500+ miles of sewer line cleaned annually

    3 Wastewater Treatment Plants

###

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Executive - Press Release

WOW! What is going on with the sun?

Posted on: August 16, 2017

Holiday event canceled at Carousel Park

Posted on: December 5, 2016
Mannequin Challenge moment (3).jpg

Donations sought for prom gown giveaway

Posted on: November 15, 2016

“Year of the Senior Citizen” Declared

Posted on: February 11, 2016

County resumes normal operating hours

Posted on: January 26, 2016

Fishing begins at Glasgow Park

Posted on: November 16, 2015
Isaiah Thompson.jpg

Plummer Center Escapee Captured

Posted on: June 10, 2015

NCCPD Officers Help Choking Child

Posted on: May 10, 2015

Statement on Ordinance 15-015

Posted on: April 14, 2015

New Castle County Dog Licenses Due March 2

Posted on: February 25, 2015

Board of Adjustment Meeting Canceled

Posted on: January 22, 2015

Square Dance At Carousel Park Canceled

Posted on: November 13, 2014

Square Dance At Carousel Park Canceled

Posted on: November 13, 2014

Crime Alert: Phone Scam

Posted on: June 10, 2014

County’s New Website Now Live

Posted on: March 18, 2014

New Castle County Dog Licenses Due March 1

Posted on: February 24, 2014

New Castle County open on time

Posted on: February 14, 2014

New Castle County under State of Emergency

Posted on: February 14, 2014