Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Delaware Lift Yard Waste Disposal

Statewide yard waste disposal ban temporarily lifted in storm’s aftermath

DOVER (Aug. 29, 2011) – Due to the many downed trees and fallen limbs statewide caused by Hurricane Irene, DNREC has given temporary approval allowing Delaware residents to dispose of storm-related yard waste along with their household trash through Tuesday, September 6. The statewide yard waste ban that went into effect earlier this year has been rescinded for eight days to help residents clean up their property after the storm.

Delawareans are still encouraged to keep their yard waste separated from their household trash and to take it to a DSWA facility, yard waste drop-off site, or to a private company that accepts yard waste in order to preserve land fill space and to provide valuable material to the mulch and composting industries.

However, as part of a vigorous effort to clean up the state quickly from Hurricane Irene, residents may put yard waste in with their household trash for disposal until Sept. 6. (Please note that residents who live in municipalities that already have a separate yard waste collection program should continue to use that service rather than put their storm debris in with their household trash. Also, DNREC’s yard waste drop-off sites in New Castle County, the Polly Hill Drummond site and DART Mid-County site, will be open every day this week.)

Questions on the temporary lifting of the yard waste ban can be answered by DNREC’s Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Section by calling 302-739-9403 or by the Delaware Solid Waste Authority at 1-800-404-7080. For a list of yard waste drop off facilities, go to http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/whs/awm/Recycling/Documents/Yard_Waste_Drop-off_Sites.pdf.

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