Contact: Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC-approved South Chapel Street yard waste site
fully operational; Route 72 entrance now open
NEWARK (Aug. 25, 2014) – A DNREC-approved yard waste drop-off site located at 1034 South Chapel Street in Newark and operated by Holland Mulch is now fully operational. With the site’s main entrance off Route 72 now open, yard waste will no longer be accepted by roll-off containers (dumpsters) located at 10 Brookhill Drive, which was a temporary measure for yard waste collection during construction of the new site.
Holland Mulch’s South Chapel Street site provides a free alternative for Delaware residents to dispose of their yard waste. Holland Mulch also operates a yard waste drop-off site at 135 Hay Road, near Claymont, which has been free for over three years to Delaware residents. (Others, including businesses, who dispose of yard waste at the two sites are subject to fees.)
The new drop-off site is intended in part to replace a nearby yard waste drop-off site once managed by DNREC at DelDOT’s DART maintenance yard that was closed when a new Division of Motor Vehicles facility was built there. The South Chapel Street yard waste site in Newark is paid for in part through a competitive, grant-funded, public/private arrangement. “The completion of this new site is an important step in the transition of state-operated yard waste drop-off sites into privately-owned and operated businesses,” said Bill Miller, program manager in DNREC’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Section.
DNREC and the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) were originally directed by the state legislature to open three yard waste drop-off sites in northern New Castle County concurrent with the state’s first landfill ban on yard waste, following concerns about capacity infrastructure. That ban was specific to the Cherry Island Landfill (primarily serving northern New Castle County). The plan at that time – 2007 – was to have the sites open for two years as a transitional measure. Since then, lacking a sustainable source of funding, and not wanting to compete with the private sector, DNREC has tried to transition away from managing yard waste sites. The Brandywine Hundred site closed in June of 2010 and the DART site closed in December of 2012 to accommodate the new DMV facility.
The new South Chapel Yard Waste Site is an alternative for residents who previously used the DART site as well as those who continue to drop off yard waste at the existing DNREC Polly Drummond Hill Road yard waste demonstration site. Delaware residents can also manage yard waste on their own property, take it to one of many other private drop-off sites throughout the state, or arrange for a collection service. A list of additional drop-off options by county, as well as other yard-waste related links can be found at: www.dnrec.delaware.gov/yardwaste.
For more information about yard waste in Delaware, please contact Debra Nielsen or Bill Miller by phone at 302-739-9403, option 1; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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