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Yard waste in Delaware


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.  

What is yard waste? It’s plant material that comes from lawn maintenance and other gardening and landscaping activities. This includes:

  • Grass
  • Leaves
  • Prunings
  • Brush and shrubs
  • Garden materials
  • Christmas trees
  • Tree limbs up to 4" in diameter

Related links 



Yard waste drop-off options


Yard waste collection options


Composting information


Homeowner yard waste options

2010 Yard waste demonstration drop-off site report

2009 Yard waste demonstration drop-off site report

Presentation for Community Yard Waste Demonstration Site public meetings relating to House Bill 525 


The Delaware yard waste ban explained


DNREC community yard waste demonstration sites

Senate Joint Resolution 2/Senate Amendment 1

Senate Joint Resolution 2 Final Report 

Cherry Island Landfill permit condition

DNREC yard waste presentation schedule

DNREC yard waste presentation (Power Point)

2005 Yard Waste Management Committe's Consensus Points

DNREC's main recycling webpage

For more information: contact DNREC's Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Branch at (302) 739-9403.

Delaware Solid Waste Authority-related information and programs can be found at, or by calling 1-800-404-7080.

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