Christmas trees that have sadly served their purpose this year will be again be recycled free of charge at locations across Delaware, state officials announced this week. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has published a list of yard waste recycling facilities located throughout the First State that will accept trees (real ones please) for the great mulch pit in the sky.
DNREC also reminds residents that trees are no longer accepted for recycling at any of Delaware State Parks.
“Recycling Christmas trees has been an environmentally-friendly tradition for many years in the state, and we hope that Delawareans continue that tradition this holiday season,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin.
Residents can bring their trees as early as today’s date and as late as Jan. 28, 2018, but should contact a facility beforehand for specific hours and details. Trees will not be accepted from commercial haulers or tree vendors without prior approval. Artificial decorations, including hooks, wire, tinsel and ornaments, as well as wood and metal tree stands, must be removed from all trees before dropping them off for recycling.
Only Christmas trees from Delaware residents will be accepted for free. Facilities may charge a fee for other yard waste. Your regular trash hauler may offer special collections for Christmas trees in January.
There may also be municipal or regional collection or drop-off events in your area. Delawareans also are reminded that DNREC’s Polly Drummond Hill Road yard waste site in northern New Castle County, which offers free Christmas tree drop-off to residents, will close Jan. 15, 2018 (tentatively to reopen April 7, 2018).
Christmas trees may be dropped off by Delaware residents for free at the following locations:
New Castle County
Polly Drummond Hill Road Community Yard Waste Demonstration Site
Located in the Pike Creek area on Polly Drummond Hill Road, about 1/2 mile north of Kirkwood Highway. Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, from 8 a.m. – sunset, through Jan. 14 The site will close Jan. 15. (More information: www.dnrec.delaware.gov/yardwaste)
Copeland’s Mulch Depot (free for trees purchased at Copeland’s; otherwise $5) 2 Honeysuckle Drive, Stanton, DE 19804; phone 302-633-9536 Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.* Closed until Jan. 2, 2018.
Blessings Greenhouses 9372 Draper Road, Milford, DE 19963; phone 302-393-3273 Hours: Monday-Saturday7 a.m. – 5 p.m.*
Blue Hen Organics 33529 Fox Run Road, Frankford, DE 19945 (phone 302-732-3211) Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.*
Grizzly’s Landscape Supply Service 14680 Coastal Hwy, Milton, DE 19968 (phone 302-644-0654) Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.*
Mr. Mulch 22288 Coverdale Road, Seaford, DE 19973 (phone 302-629-5737) Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.*
Millville Organic Center Whites Neck Road (0.5 miles North of Rt. 26) Millville, DE 19967 (phone 302-423-2601) Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.* Closed Dec. 25 – Jan. 1, 2018
Selbyville Mulch, Stone, & Soil (free for active customers within the last 6 months) 38205 DuPont Boulevard, Selbyville, DE 19975 (phone 302-436-8286) Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.*
Stockley Materials 25136 DuPont Boulevard, Georgetown, DE 19947 (phone 302-856-7601) Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.*
Kent County will collect Christmas trees from Jan. 8-12 and Jan. 15-19 (on your regular trash day) for customers in trash districts that have yard waste collection service.
*Please call ahead as businesses may alter their hours of operation around the holidays.
Christmas tree recycling saves valuable landfill space. Over 200,000 tons of yard waste composed of grass, leaves, brush, trees and other lawn maintenance and landscaped materials were recycled in Delaware during 2016. Prior to Delaware’s yard waste bans, many of these materials – considered a resource for composting and reuse rather than waste – were deposited in landfills, taking up valuable space and limiting local markets for mulch and compost products.
For information on other yard waste drop-off sites in Delaware, please visit www.dnrec.delaware.gov/yardwaste.