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DNREC community yard waste drop-off site 

ADVISORY: The DNREC Polly Drummond Hill Road Community Yard Waste Demonstration Site in Newark is now closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; and open 8 a.m. to sunset Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The South Chapel Yard Waste Site on Route 72, which is operated by Holland Mulch, will continue to be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. The Holland Mulch South Chapel site is free for Delaware residents bringing their own yard waste to the site, but all others must pay a rate established by Holland Mulch. 

DNREC's Polly Drummond Hill Yard Waste demonstration drop-off siteDNREC Polly Drummond Hill Road Community Yard Waste Demonstration Site
Open 8 a.m. to sunset (4:30 p.m. or later) Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Closed every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Located on Polly Drummond Hill Road, about a half-mile north of Kirkwood Highway.


Instructions for using the Polly Drummond Hill Road Yard Waste drop-off site:

  • Landscapers and other businesses are prohibited from this site
  • No lumber products or fencing can be dropped off
  • Only “loose” leaves, brush, branches, Christmas trees, and branches less than 4 Inches in diameter may be deposited – No wire, no plastic bundling
  • Empty all bags and take them with you
  • Deposit yard waste in the designated areas
  • No other waste of any kind may be deposited at this site
  • Violators will be prosecuted
  • Dumping and related complaints, call 800-662-8802
  • Questions, please call 302-739-9403, ext. #1

This site is among a number of yard waste management options for residents handling yard waste from their own property. Commercial businesses, such as landscaping and lawn care companies, as well as municipalities are not eligible.

Yard waste includes 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. Only loose material can be left; plastic bags and other containers must be emptied and removed from the site. Instructional signs are posted onsite.

Other options for managing yard waste are to take the yard waste to another drop-off site, use a mulching mower or compost it, or have it hauled away by a private hauler, landscaper, or recycler. More information can be found at or by calling 302-739-9403, ext. #1.

Yard waste will be periodically ground into useable landscape mulch. Mulch benefits plants and the soil by conserving moisture, impeding weed growth and increasing the soil’s organic content. Mulching can also reduce the need for costly chemical herbicides and fertilizers.

Yard waste makes up a large percentage of the residential waste that goes into landfills. Keeping yard waste out of landfills by recycling and composting extends the life of the landfill and promotes sustainability 

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