Got limbs? Wilmington will pick up tree debris Saturday


Friday Night storm damage in Wilmington's Haynes Park

Storm damage in Wilmington’s Haynes Park. Photo by Christopher Kersey

The city of Wilmington wants to help residents continue to clean up after recent major storms and will offer tree debris pickup Saturday.

Residents must request the service by calling 311 to reach the city’s Customer Service Center. Only those who register in advance will be served.

Mayor Mike Purzycki said the city also will start replanting trees to restore Wilmington’s canopy. 

Downed limbs and other tree debris has been an issue since Wilmington was hit first by Tropical Storm Isaias on Aug. 5 and then a more severe storm that caused a tornado and straight-line winds, destroying hundreds of trees.


Purzycki said the City’s Emergency Management Office is watching Hurricane Laura’s projected path brings the storm close to Delaware this weekend, setting up the possibility of a third weather incident affecting the area in one month.

 One of the most affected areas from the early August storms was Haynes Park on Miller Road, where an estimated 20 trees were destroyed or damaged.

Purzycki said teams from the City’s Parks and Recreation and Public Works Departments have been working with a private tree firm to remove whole trees and other large pieces of debris from this park and others. The Haynes Park clean-up is expected to continue through this week and possibly beyond.


The city will get rid of tree debris with Public Works Department employees traveling throughout the city with a wood chipper.

In addition to registering:

  • Residents should place tree limbs and debris at the curb no later than 7 a.m. on Saturday
  • Tree sections eligible for collection are those that are under eight (8) feet in length and less than four (4) inches in diameter.
  • Tree debris will NOT be collected from rear alleyways. 


City residents are reminded that branches, tree limbs and other yard waste are banned from Delaware’s landfills so these items cannot be placed in trash containers or recycling bins.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control provides resources to help Delawareans manage their yard waste in ways that are protective of human health and the environment. Information can be found at

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