The Delaware Department of Natural Resource and Environmental Contro’s Polly Drummond Hill demonstration yard waste drop-off site in northern New Castle County, which has been in intermittent operation since 2007, will open April 6 and will be permanently closed June 30.
After that, yard waste material will not be accepted at the Polly Drummond Hill site. The site will be restored to its natural state and will be included in the White Clay Creek State Park master planning process.
The Polly Drummond Hill site is the last of three “pilot” yard waste drop-off sites opened by DNREC to help with the transition of New Castle County yard waste disposal away from the Cherry Island landfill as it neared capacity. The property is part of DNREC’s White Clay Creek State Park and will return to a natural setting within the park. With the development of other nearby yard waste drop-off and collection options and concerns regarding invasive species such as the spotted lanternfly, DNREC is closing the Polly Drummond Hill site.
New Castle County residents who have used the Polly Drummond Hill site have nearby private operations for disposal of their yard waste, including Holland Mulch South Chapel Yard Waste Site, 1034 S. Chapel St., Newark, 737-1000, hollandmulch.com; Holland Mulch, 135 Hay Road, Edgemoor, 737-1000, hollandmulch.com; Copeland’s Mulch Depot, 2 Honeysuckle Drive, Stanton, 633-9536, copelandsmulchdepot.com; and DSWA Cherry Island Landfill, 1706 E. 12th St., Wilmington, 800-404-7080, dswa.com.
DNREC also reminds New Castle County residents that many waste hauling companies in Delaware offer yard waste collection services to customers. A current list of waste haulers and their contact information can be found at dswa.com/resources/licensed-haulers. In some cases, curbside waste customers may already be paying for a yard waste collection service but might not be using it. Yard waste collection also may be added to existing service contracts. Additionally, there are landscaping companies that offer yard waste collection. New Castle County residents are encouraged to compare and choose the best option for yard waste removal needs.
DNREC’s Recycling Program also reminds Delawareans that yard waste is banned from the state’s landfills, so it cannot be placed in trash containers. Yard waste typically consists of materials such as grass clippings, leaves, brush, small limbs 4 inches in diameter or less, Christmas trees or other vegetative materials.
Additional resources for managing yard waste including other drop-off locations can be found at de.gov/yardwaste. This site also includes a link to a new DNREC brochure on managing residential yard waste.