Christ­mas tree re­cy­cling is ‘a Delaware post-hol­i­day tra­di­tion’


State and city of­fi­cials are once again en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to re­cy­cle their Christ­mas trees this year.

Joanna Wil­son, a spokes­woman for the Delaware De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and En­vi­ron­men­tal Con­trol, called Christ­mas tree re­cy­cling “a Delaware post-hol­i­day tra­di­tion.”

“Christ­mas tree re­cy­cling saves valu­able land­fill space in Delaware,” Wil­son said in a pre­pared state­ment, not­ing that more than 180,000 tons of yard waste, in­clud­ing grass, leaves, brush, trees and other ma­te­ri­als, was re­cy­cled through­out the state in 2017.

Res­i­dents of the city of Ne­wark have the eas­i­est way to re­cy­cle a tree be­cause the city’s pub­lic works de­part­ment will col­lect trees curb­side through Jan. 25.

Un­like in some pre­vi­ous years, there is no set sched­ule for tree pickup. In­stead, crews will sweep through the en­tire city each week. Res­i­dents should make sure trees are out for col­lec­tion each week by Mon­day at 7 a.m.

Trees will be ac­cepted for free at the Polly Drum­mond Hill Road Com­mu­nity Yard Waste Demon­stra­tion Site, lo­cated on Polly Drum­mond Hill Road, about a half-mile north of Kirk­wood High­way. Its hours are Satur­days and Sun­days only, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Jan. 13.

An­other op­tion is Copeland’s Mulch De­pot, 2 Honey­suckle Drive in Stan­ton. It is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. week­days and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Satur­days. The cost to re­cy­cle a tree is $5, un­less the tree was pur­chased from Copeland’s.

Christ­mas tree dec­o­ra­tions, in­clud­ing hooks, wire, tin­sel and or­na­ments, as well as wood and metal tree stands, must be re­moved from all trees.


Of­fi­cials en­cour­age Ne­wark­ers to re­cy­cle their Christ­mas trees.

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