Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Bring One for the Chipper

Christmas tree recycling – a Delaware post-holiday tradition – carries on statewide

Take your tree to a drop-off site or yard waste recycling facility

DOVER (Dec. 2, 2011) – Delawareans are encouraged by DNREC to add the spirit of recycling to their holiday season this year by delivering their Christmas trees to one of many yard waste recycling facilities located throughout the state. Please note that Christmas trees are no longer accepted for recycling at any Delaware State Park locations.

Christmas trees will be accepted from families only for recycling at yard waste drop-off sites from December 27 through January 27, 2012. 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 they are dropped off for recycling.

“Many Delawareans have been recycling their Christmas trees every year and we encourage everyone to continue this eco-friendly tradition or establish it for the future,” said Bill Miller, program manager in DNREC’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Section. “These trees are a product of nature and recycling them is a wonderful way to give back to the environment.”

Christmas tree recycling also is another way of complying with the state’s ban on disposal of yard waste. At least 17 percent of residential waste is composed of grass, leaves, brush, trees and other lawn maintenance and landscaped materials. Prior to Delaware’s yard waste ban, these materials – considered a resource for composting and reuse rather than waste – were deposited into landfills, taking up valuable space and limiting local markets for mulch and compost products. In 2010, over 110,000 tons of yard waste was diverted from our landfills and beneficially recycled.

There are many entities that collect Christmas trees, including various waste haulers and landscapers. Your regular trash hauler may offer a one-time collection for Christmas trees in January, and Kent County will collect Christmas trees from January 9 -20 (on your regular trash day) for people in a trash district that has yard waste collection service. For a partial listing of entities that collect Christmas Trees and other yard waste, go to: www.dnrec.delaware.gov/yardwaste and click “Yard waste collection options.”

Meanwhile, please note that Christmas trees, stripped of all decorations and detached from tree stands, can be dropped off by Delaware residents for free at any of the following locations:

New Castle County

Polly Drummond Hill 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: Daily 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. unless otherwise posted.

DART Mid-County Community Yard Waste Demonstration Site
Located on the southwest corner of the intersection of U.S. Route 13 and Route 72 near Bear. (Turn into the DART facility at 1423 S. Dupont Highway, Bear.)
Hours: Daily 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. unless otherwise posted


Copeland’s Mulch Depot (free if the tree was purchased at Copeland’s; otherwise $2)
2 Honeysuckle Drive, Stanton, DE 19804; (phone 302-633-9536)
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.*
Closed the last week in December


Holland Mulch
135 Hay Road, Edge Moor, DE 19809 (phone 302-765-3100)
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 a.m. - noon*

Wilmington Organic Recycling Center
612 Christiana Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19801 (phone 302-266-7678)
Hours: Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, 6 a.m. - noon*


Sussex County

Blue Hen Organics
33529 Fox Run Road, Frankford, DE 19945 (phone 302-732-3211)
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.*


Grizzly’s Landscape Supply Service
18412 The Narrow Road, Lewes, DE 19958 (phone 302-644-0654)
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.*


Kaye Construction
22288 Coverdale Road, Seaford, DE 19973 (phone 302-629-7483)
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.*


Selbyville Pet and Garden Center (free for active customers within the last 6 months)
38205 DuPont Boulevard, Selbyville, DE 19975 (phone 302-436-8286)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.*


Stockley Materials
25136 DuPont Boulevard, Georgetown, DE 19947 (phone 302-856-7601)
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.*


Sussex Tree Inc. Garden Center
20144 John J. Williams Highway, Lewes, DE 19958 (phone 302-645-6262)
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.*

*Please note that private businesses accepting trees may alter their hours of operation during the holidays.

Facilities that charge a fee for dropping off other yard waste will continue to charge regular rates for recycling other yard waste during this time – only Christmas trees will be recycled for free.

Other locations throughout the state also accept Christmas trees for recycling for a fee. For information on all yard waste drop-off sites in Delaware, go to: www.dnrec.delaware.gov/yardwaste and click “Yard waste drop-off options.”

There are many entities that collect Christmas trees including various waste haulers and landscapers. For a partial listing of businesses that collect Christmas Trees and other yard waste, go to: www.dnrec.delaware.gov/yardwaste and click “Yard waste collection options.” You may find other options in your local phone book or classified ads.

For more information about yard waste, visit DNREC’s website, www.dnrec.delaware.gov/yardwaste or call 302-739-9403.

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