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Yard waste in Delaware


ADVISORY: The DART Mid-County demonstration yard waste drop-off site that was located on Route 13 (near Bear) is 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.  Yard waste is being accepted at the main site entrance off of Route 72 (with the temporary collection area located at 10 Brookhill Drive now closed). 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.
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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