DELAWARE - Delawareans are encouraged to deliver their Christmas trees to one of many yard waste recycling facilities located throughout the state. Many of the facilities will accept the trees for free.
Christmas trees will be accepted for recycling from December 26th to January 25th, but 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.
Many companies such as waste haulers and landscapers also collect Christmas trees. According to DNREC, your regular trash hauler may offer one-time collection for Christmas trees in January. Kent County will collect Christmas trees from January 6-17th for customers in trash districts that have the yard waste collection service.
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.
South Chapel Yard Waste Site (new site, operated by Holland Mulch)
NOTE: Accepting yard waste at approximately 10 Brookhill Drive until work on entrance off of Route 72 is complete.
1034 S. Chapel Street, Newark, DE 19702 (main Holland Mulch office phone 302-765-3100)
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.*
Closed and January 1and 2
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-Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.*
Closed December 26 through January 3
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*
Closed January 1and 2
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*
Closed January 1
9372 Draper Road, Milford, DE 19963 (phone 302-393-3273)
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.*, Closed January 1
Blue Hen Organics
33529 Fox Run Road, Frankford, DE 19945 (phone 302-732-3211)
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.*, Closed January 1
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.*, Closed January 1
22288 Coverdale Road, Seaford, DE 19973 (phone 302-629-7483)
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.*, Closed December 26 through January 1
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.*, Closed January 1
25136 DuPont Boulevard, Georgetown, DE 19947 (phone 302-856-7601)
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.*, Closed January 1
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, visit DNREC's website and click "Yard Waste Drop-Off Donations."