Christmas-tree recycling offered statewide

DNREC officials last week encouraged 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 will be accepted free of charge for recycling from Delaware residents at a number of facilities; other drop-off sites may charge a fee.

The department also reminded residents that Christmas trees are no longer accepted for recycling at any of DNREC’s Delaware State Parks.

“Recycling Christmas trees has been an environmentally-friendly tradition for many years, and we hope that Delawareans will continue that tradition this holiday season,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin.

Residents can bring in their trees as late as Jan. 28, 2019, but should contact a facility beforehand for specific hours and details, officials noted. 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, residents’ 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.

“Christmas tree recycling saves valuable landfill space in Delaware,” officials noted. “More than 180,000 tons of yard waste, including grass, leaves, brush, trees, and other lawn maintenance and landscape 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 in Sussex County at:

• Grizzly’s Landscape Supply Service ($10 per tree), 14680 Coastal Highway, Milton, DE 19968; (302) 644-0654; Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Mr. Mulch (free Christmas tree recycling), 22288 Coverdale Road, Seaford, DE 19973; (302) 629-5737; Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 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; Monday through Friday, reopening Jan. 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Selbyville Mulch, Stone, & Soil (free for active customers within the last six months), 38205 DuPont Boulevard, Selbyville, DE 19975; (302) 436-8286; Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Stockley Materials (free Christmas tree recycling), 25136 DuPont Boulevard, Georgetown, DE 19947; (302) 856-7601; Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Those planning to drop off trees should call ahead, as businesses may alter their hours of operation around the holidays.

For more information about yard waste, including drop-off sites, visit DNREC’s website at www.de.gov/yardwaste, or call (302) 739-9403, ext.1.