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Christmas tree recycling

Scroll down this page for local Delaware recycling and responsible disposal options for holiday waste, from Christmas trees and wreathes, to lights, ornaments, wrapping and packaging. Many towns and cities offer curbside collection, even for Christmas trees. Counties and unicorporated areas typically have a number or drop-off locations.

Christmas trees are usually colllected from December 26th through the first 2 or 3 weeks in January.  Whether your tree is picked up from your curb,Grinding Christmas trees into mulch or you drop it off, 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 occasionally accepted (call to verify), 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 curbside garbage hauler.

The trees and wreathes are usually chipped and made into a mulch which is ofteny made available, free to city or county residents.

Ornaments and light strings are usually placed into your curbside collection bin.  Some localities have year-round collection centers. The same is true of wrapping paper and boxes.

Always follow the links (usually the blue, underlined 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. If your area is not specifically mentioned below, call your trash collection agency and ask!

Delaware January 2021 Curbside, Local Recycling and Disposal Options for Trees, Lights and Other Holiday Waste

Delaware January 2021 Curbside, Local Recycling and Disposal Options for Trees, Lights and Other Holiday Waste

  • Christmas trees are no longer accepted for recycling at any Delaware State Park locations. If your area is not listed below,
    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
  • Newark, Delware
    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 County.
    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 Run.
    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.
    Blessings Greenhouses, 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*
    For more information about yard waste, visit DNREC's website, 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
  • Wilmington, DE - The Department of Public Works (DPW) encourages City residents to recycle their live (not artificial) Christmas trees. To do that, schedule a Special Pickup.
    To 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 location.
  • 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"