Wilmington received a $25,000 state grant that will be used to add 19 new recycling receptacles to pedestrian areas on North Front and North Third Streets. This grant will help the city further expand their efforts to reduce landfill waste and to save the city money. According to a press release, the city has saved more than $257,000 due to its recycling efforts.The previous state grant helped provide larger recycling receptacles to the following city parks: Legion Stadium, Greenfield Amphitheater and the Municipal Golf Course.
The city also received a Petroleum Assessment Grant and Hazardous Materials Assessment grant from EPA. This would continue the work started with the Brownfields Grant Award the city had received in 2011. Phil Prete, Environmental Planner of Wilmington, discussed that all the groundwork is done and additional sites to assess have been determined. Over 60 brownfield sites from Smith Creek to Shipyard have been discovered. Twelve brownfield sites were currently in phase one or two and being wrapped up. Prete also shared that one site that had been a former gas station had sat vacant for many years due to environmental contaminants. This site was now available for redevelopment and had been placed on the market. He also shared that there were two focus areas in the Southside area of Wilmington for assessment and prioritized redevelopment.