Christmas tree recycling is offered statewide

DOVER — DNREC encourages Delawareans to give their recycling spirit a boost after the holiday season by taking their Christmas trees to one of many yard waste recycling facilities located throughout the state.

Christmas trees are no longer accepted for recycling at any of DNREC’s Delaware State Parks.

Christmas trees will be accepted free of charge for recycling from Delaware residents at a number of facilities and some sites may charge a free.

Residents can recycle trees now through Jan. 28, but should contact a facility beforehand for specific hours and details. Trees will not be accepted from commercial haulers or tree vendors without prior approval. Artificial decorations, including hooks, wire, tinsel, flocking (fake snow), and ornaments, as well as wood and metal tree stands, must be removed from all trees before dropping them off for recycling.

Only Christmas trees will be accepted for free from Delaware residents. Facilities may charge a fee for other yard waste.

Other locations throughout the state, including some businesses, waste haulers, and landscapers, also accept Christmas trees for recycling for a fee. Also, onsumers’ regular trash hauler may offer special collection dates for Christmas trees in January, and municipal or regional collection or drop-off events may be held.

State officials said Christmas tree recycling saves valuable landfill space in Delaware. More than 180,000 tons of yard waste, including grass, leaves, brush, trees, and other lawn maintenance and landscaped materials, was recycled throughout the state in 2017.

Prior to Delaware’s yard waste ban, many of these materials — considered a resource for composting and reuse rather than waste — were deposited in landfills, taking up valuable space and limiting local markets for mulch and compost products.

Christmas trees may be dropped off by Delaware residents at the following locations:

Kent County

Kent County will collect Christmas trees on residents’ regular trash days from Jan. 7-11 and Jan. 14-18 for customers in trash districts with yard waste collection service.

Sussex County

• Grizzly’s Landscape Supply Service ($10/tree), 14680 Coastal Highway, Milton, DE 19968, 302-644-0654. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.*

• Mr. Mulch (Free Christmas Tree Recycling), 22288 Coverdale Road, Seaford, DE 19973, 302-629-5737. Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m.*

• Millville Organic Center (Free Christmas Tree Recycling), Whites Neck Road (0.5 miles North of Route 26) Millville, DE 19967, 302-423-2601.

Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Closed Dec. 24-Jan. 2, reopens Jan. 3.)

• Selbyville Mulch, Stone, & Soil (free for active customers within the last 6 months) 38205 DuPont Boulevard, Selbyville, DE 19975, 302-436-8286.

Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.*

• Stockley Materials (Free Christmas Tree Recycling)

25136 DuPont Boulevard, Georgetown, DE 19947, 302-856-7601. Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m. (Call ahead as businesses may alter their hours of operation around the holidays.)

Delawareans are also reminded that Jan. 13, is the last day to drop materials off at DNREC’s Polly Drummond Hill Road yard waste site, which will close for maintenance Jan. 14.

New Castle County

• Copeland’s Mulch Depot (Free for trees purchased at Copeland’s; otherwise $5) 2 Honeysuckle Drive, Stanton, DE 19804; 302-633-9536. Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Closed until Jan. 2.)

• Polly Drummond Hill Road Community Yard Waste Demonstration Site (FREE). Located in the Pike Creek area on Polly Drummond Hill Road, about 1/2 mile north of Kirkwood Highway. Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., through Jan. 13. The site will close starting Jan. 14; for more information, visit

For more information about yard waste, including drop-off sites, visit, or call 302-739-9403, ext.1.


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