Delaware State Parks Rules
Carry In - Carry Out
Delaware State Parks rely on user fees for about 75% of the operating
and maintenance budget. In order to keep park fees low, State Parks has
continually found new, and innovative, ways to save money and operate
more efficiently. In 1994, the Delaware State Parks established the Carry
In - Carry Out Trash-Free Parks Program. Trash cans were removed from
most areas and visitors now take their trash with them when they leave,
reducing the strain on limited resources, and increasing the beauty of
The Carry In - Carry Out Trash-Free Parks Program has:
- Redirected staff resources to other projects.
- Fostered a partnership between visitors and the parks by encouraging
all visitors to help maintain clean parks.
- Improved the appearance of the parks by removing trash cans that detracted
from the beauty of the natural environment.
- Encouraged visitors to bring reusable containers and to recycle as
much as possible.
- Increased the safety of your visit by reducing the number of bees,
wasps and other pests in the picnic areas and campgrounds.
- Reduced the cost of trash removal from the parks by about $55,000.
Delaware State Parks are largely self-supported and the money saved
on trash removal funded other programs and facilities enjoyed by visitors.
This program has been an overwhelming success and your continuing cooperation
means cleaner parks for everyone. As always, trash bags are available
to help you help us with the program. Families and groups needing larger
bags should plan to bring their own. Thank you for supporting Delaware