This year the Delaware Department of Natural resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has encouraged individuals in Delaware to give their recycling spirit a boost after the holiday season by delivering their Christmas trees to one of many yard waste recycling facilities located throughout the state. As Christmas trees are no longer accepted for recycling at any Delaware State Park locations, DNREC states that many of the yard waste recycling facilities will accept the trees for free.
Christmas trees will be accepted for recycling through January 25, 2014 from families at specific facilities listed below. DNREC states that trees will not be accepted from commercial haulers or tree vendors without prior approval and that 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 Delawareans have been recycling their Christmas trees for many years, and we encourage everyone to establish or continue this eco-friendly tradition,” said Bill Miller, program manager in DNREC’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Section. “Recycling these trees that are a product of nature is a wonderful way of giving back to the environment.”
According to DNREC officials, Christmas tree recycling saves valuable landfill space as at least “eighteen 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 in landfills, taking up valuable space and limiting local markets for mulch and compost products.
The City of Milford also offers a Christmas tree recycle program for any resident that is currently served by the City’s Yard Waste program. Individuals will need to call 302-422-6616, Ext 2, to schedule a date and time for the tree to be picked up. Residents are asked to not place Christmas trees alongside yard waste containers on regular collection days without an appointment.
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 in Sussex County:
– Blessings Greenhouse
9372 Draper Road, Milford, DE 19963 (phone 302-393-3273)
– Blue Hen Organics 33529 Fox Run Road, Frankford, DE 19945 (phone 302-732-3211)
– Grizzly’s Landscape Supply Service 18412 The Narrow Road, Lewes, DE 19958 (phone 302-644-0654)
– Kaye Construction 22288 Coverdale Road, Seaford, DE 19973 (phone 302-629-7483)
– Selbyville Pet and Garden Center (free for active customers within the last 6 months) 38205 DuPont Boulevard, Selbyville, DE 19975 (phone 302-436-8286)
– Stockley Materials 25136 DuPont Boulevard, Georgetown, DE 19947 (phone 302-856-7601)
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, individuals are encouraged to visit www.dnrec.delaware.gov/yardwaste and click “Yard waste drop-off options.”