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Recycle Christmas trees at yard waste sites

December 30, 2020

Delawareans who have celebrated their holidays can help the environment by recycling their Christmas trees at one of the many yard waste recycling facilities located throughout the state.

Residents can choose from many sites in Delaware to drop off their Christmas tree. Some of these sites accept trees at no cost, while others charge for the service. Christmas trees are no longer accepted for recycling at Delaware State Parks.

Before dropping off trees, call the site in advance to see what restrictions are in place and if there is a charge. Residents who pay for curbside collection service should call their waste hauler to see if they offer Christmas tree pickup.

Whether dropping off a Christmas tree or having it collected, prepare it to be recycled into mulch by stripping off all decorations and lights, removing any artificial snow, and detaching tree stands. 

Christmas tree recycling saves valuable landfill space. Over 173,000 tons of yard waste, which includes grass, leaves, brush, trees and other lawn/landscape materials, was recycled in 2019.

Prior to Delaware’s yard waste ban, many of these materials – considered resources – were sent to landfills, taking up valuable space rather than being handled through local markets for mulch and home composting.

To check out Sussex County yard waste sites, go to de.gov/yardwaste.

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