Contact: Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
DNREC announces new, enhanced free yard waste site to open in December
Holland Mulch site will replace unmanned demonstration yard waste sites
DOVER (Nov. 21, 2012) – In response to citizen concerns about site maintenance and illegal dumping, and in preparation for the construction of a new Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) facility, DNREC is replacing two unmanned, temporary yard waste demonstration sites with a new, centrally-located, and professionally-operated free yard waste drop-off site in New Castle County. The new site will be open before the end of the year to accept Christmas trees for recycling. while the existing yard waste demonstration sites will close permanently for site restoration on December 3.
Following a competitive request for proposals process, Holland Mulch has contractually agreed to accept yard waste from Delaware residents free of charge for five years at the new, centrally-located site off Route 72, and south of Interstate-95 at 1034 South Chapel Street, Newark, DE 19702. Holland Mulch also operates a successful free yard waste site on Hay Road, near Claymont. The free option will only be available to Delaware residents bringing yard waste from their own property. Others, including businesses, who dispose of yard waste there will be subject to fees.
The new site will provide Delawareans with a higher level of service at a central location and is supported in part through a competitive grant-funded, public/private arrangement.
The original New Castle County yard waste drop-off demonstration sites were created as temporary locations in 2007 to help transition the Cherry Island Landfill yard waste ban. Following numerous citizen complaints about the impact of the Polly Drummond demonstration site on the trails and grounds of White Clay Creek State Park, and notification that the Department of Transportation planned to begin construction on a new DMV facility at the location of the DART Mid-County demonstration site in January 2013, DNREC sought proposals for a long-term solution that would provide a central location in New Castle County and improve the user experience by ensuring public health and safety through sufficient site management staffing and ongoing maintenance that prevents the need for regular closures.
The new site will take the place of the DART Mid-County Yard Waste Demonstration site (1423 S. DuPont Hwy., New Castle 19720) , which closed Dec. 3, 2012, and the Polly Drummond Hill Road Yard Waste Drop-off Demonstration Site (½ mile north of Kirkwood Highway on Polly Drummond Hill Road, Newark 19711), which will close eventually and give way to the new yard waste drop-off site at 1034 South Chapel Road, Newark, DE 19702.
Delaware residents can also manage yard waste on their own property, take it to one of many private drop-off sites throughout the state, or arrange for a collection service. A list of additional drop-off options, as well as other links, can be found at: www.dnrec.delaware.gov/yardwaste.
Vol. 42, No. 451