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.