Now that Christmas is over, it’s time to get rid of that tree. Here’s where you can recycle yours this year.
While the state has ended the tradition of accepting recycled trees at Delaware State Parks, there’s plenty of locations for you to drop of your tree.
Tree recycling started Dec. 26 at some locations. “Many Delawareans have been recycling their Christmas trees for many years,” said Bill Miller, program manager in DNREC’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Section. “We encourage everyone to establish or continue this eco-friendly tradition.”
Recycling trees prevents them from taking up space in landfills. DNREC numbers show at least 18 percent of residential waste is made up of grass, leaves, brush, trees and other landscape materials. “Recycling these trees that are a product of nature is a wonderful way of giving back to the environment,” Miller said.
Before recycling your tree remove all artificial decorations including hooks, wire, tinsel and ornaments. Wood and metal tree stands should be removed before dropping your tree off. Trees will be accepted 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: ONLY Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. through Jan. 10. Site will close Jan. 11, 2016 through May 7, 2016 (More information: www.dnrec.recycling.gov/yardwaste)
South Chapel Yard Waste Site (operated by Holland Mulch)
1034 S. Chapel Street, Newark, DE 19702; phone 302-737-1000 Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday 7:30 a.m.-noon.
Copeland’s Mulch Depot (free for trees purchased at Copeland’s; otherwise $2)
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. 4.
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
Kent County trees will be collected from Jan. 11-15 and 18-22 on regular trash day for customers in trash districts that have the yard waste collection service.
9372 Draper Road, Milford, DE 19963; phone 302-393-3273 Hours: Monday-Saturday 7 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
18412 The Narrow Road, Lewes, DE 19958; phone 302-644-0654 Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
22288 Coverdale Road, Seaford, DE 19973; phone 302-629-7483 Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., closed until Jan. 4
Millville Organic Center
Whites Neck Road (0.5 miles north of Route 26) Millville, DE 19967; phone 302-423-2601 Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 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: Thursdays and Fridays 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
25136 DuPont Boulevard, Georgetown, DE 19947; phone 302-856-7601 Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m.