Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Delaware after Christmas
in January 2021
In many urban and suburban areas, Christmas trees are collected from curbside during the first 2 weeks in January. Be sure to remove all
remove all lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments, nails, stands, other
NON-Organic decorative materials and other materials that are not part
of the original tree. This includes tree stands also. Flocked trees are usually accepted, but not artificial trees. Large trees (larger
than the standard 6 - 7 ft tree) may need to be cut in half to
be acceptable by your
garbage hauler. But scrroll down this page for more specific
information and local links.
What happens to the trees? In most cases, the trees are chipped and made into a mulch
which is usually made available, free to city or county residents.
Important: Never burn your Christmas tree in a fireplace or wood stove.
Burning the tree may contribute to creosote buildup and could cause a
Tips: Always follow the links (usually the name of the city or county) below for updated information, as these agencies often wait until the last minute to change dates or
update their information (it's government, remember?). If your area is
not specifically mentioned below, contact your trash collection agency and inquire!
See this page for local options to easily recycle your Christmas holiday lights
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Delaware: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays January 2021
- Christmas trees are no longer accepted for recycling at any
Delaware State Park locations. If your area is not listed
See this statewide page or
- New Castle County:
Click here for a list of locations, contact information and rules -
Yard Waste Drop-off Sites
A fee is charged at these sites, except as noted. New Castle trash customers should check with their waste haulers for information about tree pickup. If
pickup is unavailable from your trash hauler, check the list of yard waste drop-off sites
- Kent County
Pond State Park 5025 Killens
Pond Road, Felton Hours: Daily; 8 am to sunset. Kent County will collect Christmas trees only during the first two full weeks in January (on
customers regular trash day) for those in trash districts that have yard waste collection service. After that, see the
list of drop-off locations
From Monday, December 31 to the last Friday in January, the
city of Newark will collect Christmas trees placed at curbs. The
crews will sweep through the city once per week during this time
period. Please make sure trees are out for collection each week by
Monday at 7:00 in the morning. No trees will be collected after
that last Friday0. There is no need to call to schedule a Christmas
tree collection. If you need to dispose of your tree after these dates, please
click here for yard waste drop-off sites in New Castle
Christmas Tree Disposal: Christmas
trees are "recycled" into mulch for use in the Parks and
Recreation's beautification program. Please place the tree curbside for the Street Division to collect on
your neighborhood's designated day of the week for pickup; much like
the leaf collection schedule works. Call Public Works and Water
Resources Department with any questions at (302) 366-7000.
Neighborhood Tree Collection Schedule:
Monday Center City, Fountainview,
from Elkton Road/South Main St. to Marrows Road and from Main Street
to the northern boundary of Friday's route (including White Chapel).
Tuesday: Northern portion
of the city, north of Main Street and east of West Main
Street/Nottingham Road (excluding West Branch and Christianstead).
Includes Fairfield, Fairfield Crest, Cleveland Avenue, Lumbrook,
Creek Bend, Ridgewood Glen, Paper Mill Farms, Evergreen, Northgate
Commons, Stafford, Parkview, The Hunt at Louviers, The Woods at
Louviers, Middle Run Meadow, Laura's Glen, Wyncliff, and Jenney's
Wednesday: Area west of
Bent Lane and Radcliffe Drive, including Nottingham Green, Pheasant
Run, Cherry Hill, Elan, Cherry Hill Manor, Barksdale Estates,
Country Hills, Country Place, Abbotsford and Briarcreek.
Thursday; Oaklands, Nottingham
Manor, College Park, Westfield, West Branch, Newark Preserve,
Christianstead, Timber Creek, Woodmere, and Stone Spring.
Friday: Southern area of the City,
including Devon, Binns, Twin Lakes, Arbour Park, Silverbrook,
Yorkshire, Yorkshire Woods, Cobblefield, and Cannon's Gate.
- Sussex County
Sussex trash customers should check with their waste haulers for information about tree pickup. If pickup is
unavailable from their haulers, check
this statewide page of yard waste drop-off sites All locations accept trees from families only, not from commercial haulers or tree vendors.
Artificial decorations, including hooks, wire, tinsel and ornaments, as well as wood and metal trees stands, must be removed. Signs, designating the
location of the drop-off areas at each location, will be posted. Please call ahead as businesses may alter their hours of operation around the
holidays and COVID may have changed things. Also that there are other locations than those listed above throughout the state also accept Christmas
trees for recycling, but charge a fee for the service.
9372 Draper Road, Milford, DE 19963; phone 302-393-3273; Hours:
Monday to Saturday 7 am to 5 pm*
Blue Hen Organics, 33529 Fox Run
Road, Frankford, DE 19945 (phone 302-732-3211), Hours: Monday to Friday
7 am to 4 pm*
Grizzly's Landscape Supply Service, 18412 The
Narrow Road, Lewes, DE 19958 (phone 302-644-0654), Hours:
Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm*
Mr. Mulch, 22288 Coverdale Road,
Seaford, DE 19973 (phone 302-629-5737), Hours: Monday to Friday 7 am to 4 pm*
Millville Organic Center, Whites Neck Road (0.5 miles
North of Rt. 26) Millville, DE 19967 (phone 302-423-2601), Hours:
Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm*
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 am to 5:30 pm, Saturdays 9 am to 4 pm*
Stockley Materials, 25136 DuPont Boulevard, Georgetown, DE 19947
(phone 302-856-7601), Hours: Monday to Friday 7 am to 5 pm*
more information about yard waste, visit DNREC's website,
www.dnrec.delaware.gov/yardwaste or call 302-739-9403 ext.1.To help defray costs, the
state parks will accept donations of $2.Only Christmas trees from
Delaware residents will be accepted for free. Please note that
facilities may charge a fee for other yard waste.
Trap Pond State Park 33587
Baldcypress Lane, Laurel Hours: Daily; 8 am to sunset
Cape Henlopen State Park
15099 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes Hours: Daily; 8 am to sunset
- The Department of Public Works
(DPW) encourages City residents to recycle their live (not
artificial) Christmas trees. To do that, schedule a Special Pickup.
schedule a tree for pickup:
Call the Public Works Call Center at
(302) 576-3878 during normal business hours (Monday to Friday, 6 AM to 4:30 pm) and choose the yard waste option; or
Visit the Public Works Call Center website
Remove all decorations,
ornaments, tinsel, and stand.
Place your Christmas tree on the
curb the night before your pickup date depending on the your
Statewide Yard waste service options and companies
this list is provided by the state
. Once you open the page, use
Ctrl-F to search for "Christmas tree"