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DNREC community yard waste drop-off sites

ADVISORY: Free Residential yard waste drop-off area opens at Holland Mulch

DNREC's Polly Drummond Hill Yard Waste demonstration drop-off sitePolly Drummond Hill Community Yard Waste Demonstration Site

Open 8 a.m. - Sunset (4:30 p.m. or later) every day.

The site is located in the Pike Creek area on Polly Drummond Hill Road, about a half-mile north of Kirkwood Highway.

Directions

See below for drop-off site instructions.

ADVISORY: The DART Mid-County demonstration yard waste drop-off site near Bear is now closed permanently. A cost-free alternative for Delaware residents to dispose of their yard waste is open at 1034 S. Chapel Street, Newark, DE 19702. This new site is now accepting all yard waste in a fenced-in area at the approximate address 10 Brookhill Drive, Newark, DE 19702 until the main entrance off Route 72 is completed. The hours for the new S. Chapel Street yard waste site are 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday, and 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday. The DNREC Polly Drummond Hill Road demonstration yard waste drop-off site also remains open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to sunset.   

Instructions for using the drop-off sites:

  • Landscapers and other businesses prohibited from these sites
  • 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

These sites are 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 would be 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 www.dnrec.delaware.gov/yardwaste or by calling 302-739-9403.

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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