NEWS FROM THE DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL
Vol. 38, No. 362
August 11, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact Bill Miller, Division of Air and Waste Management, Solid and Hazardous Waste Section, 302-739-9403 or Michael Globetti, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
Three Yard Waste Drop-off Sites in New Castle County Will Temporarily Close;
Maintenance Activities Will Grind Yard Waste Into Mulch; Free Mulch Will Be Available
All three DNREC community yard waste demonstration sites in New Castle County will be temporarily closed for maintenance activities to grind yard waste into free, usable mulch for county residents. To limit potential inconvenience to the public in dropping off yard waste, only one site will be closed at a time.
The first site to close is the Polly Drummond Hill Yard Waste Demonstration Site. It will close for a week, beginning Wednesday, Aug. 13, and will reopen Thursday, Aug. 21.
The Brandywine Hundred Community Yard Waste Drop-off Site will be closed Aug. 25-Sept. 1. It will reopen Sept. 5.
The DART Mid-County Yard Waste Demonstration Site will close once grinding has been completed at the Brandywine Hundred Community Yard Waste Drop-off Site. The Mid-County site’s closing is tentative but a firm date will be announced well in advance.
“All three sites have been well received by the community and are filled to capacity with yard waste,” said Robert Underwood, DNREC yard waste program manager. “We are pleased with the tremendous support, but we must close the sites for a few days to bring in equipment to grind yard waste into mulch. When the sites reopen, we will have plenty of free mulch to offer to New Castle County residents.”
Residents should bring their own shovels, containers or bags for loose mulch and will need to load mulch into their own vehicles.
Yard waste makes up a large percentage of the residential waste that goes into landfills. These include plant materials from lawn maintenance and landscaping activities such as grass clippings, leaves, prunings, brush, shrubs, garden materials, Christmas trees and tree limbs up to four inches in diameter. Keeping yard waste out of landfills by recycling and composting extends the life the landfill and promotes sustainability.
DNREC’s three community yard waste demonstration sites were developed as one of many yard waste management options to help New Castle County residents comply with the yard waste ban. Commercial businesses, such as landscaping and lawn care companies, as well as municipalities are not eligible to drop off materials at the sites.
On Jan. 24, 2008 the New Castle County ban on yard waste went into effect, prohibiting all yard waste materials from being disposed or mixed in with other household trash going to the Cherry Island Landfill. New Castle County residents are now required to dispose of yard waste through an alternative method – drop it off at one of DNREC’s free yard waste drop-off sites; use a mulching mower or compost it; have it hauled away by a private hauler, landscaper, or the Delaware Solid Waste Authority for recycling; or take it to one of the commercial facilities available in New Castle County.
DNREC’s Community Yard Waste Demonstration Sites Normal Business Hours:
More information can be found online at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/yardwaste or by calling 302-739-9403.