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Here’s how to recycle your Christmas tree when the ho, ho, hoing is over

Recycling Christmas trees last year meant 173,000 tons of yard waste didn't end up in Delaware landfills. 
Delawareans have several ways to recycle their live Christmas trees.
Delawareans have several ways to recycle their live Christmas trees.


Santa hasn’t slid down the chimney yet, but two organizations already have set dates to help people throughout Delaware recycle their Christmas trees. 

The Delaware Center for Horticulture and the Davey Tree Expert Co. has announced a free tree recycling event in Wilmington while DNREC has announced advice for recycling trees all across the state. 


Center for Horticulture

The DCH and Davey Tree event will take place Saturday, Jan. 9, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Delaware Center for Horticulture at 1810 North Dupont St., Wilmington. 

The event is free and set up in an effort to keep the trees out of the landfill. The Davey Tree Experts team will be on site put trees in an industrial chipper to turn into mulch. 

For safety, all lights, straps, ornaments, stands, wires or metal objects need to be removed from the tree. 

This event is no contact. Workers will be at the drive through to unload trees from cars. 



DNREC also recommends people to recycle their trees to save landfill space. Last year, recycled trees meant 173,000 tons of yard waste didn’t end up in landfills. 

In Kent County districts that have yard waste collection, Christmas trees will be collected from Jan. 4 to 8 on customer’s normal trash collection days. 

For people in Sussex and New Castle County, Christmas tree pickup may vary, and those individuals should contact their trash collection provider for more details. 

For customers without access to tree pickup, DNREC has provided a list of yard waste drop off sites throughout all three counties. That list can be accessed here. Information regarding what exactly those drop-off sites take, and if they charge, is also available on the list. 

DNREC reminds Delawareans that the yard waste drop-off site located at Polly Drummond Hill Road in Newark will close for the season on Jan 18. It will reopen in March. This site also takes Christmas trees. 


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