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Recycling Your Holiday Tree

Lots of things to do with your natural/wood tree after the holidays:

  • You can set it up in the backyard and hang goodies for birds on it.  People stuff peanut butter and seeds into pinecones and hang on the tree.  Strings of popcorn are also used.
  • If you have other options, mention them on the UUFN website.

You can recycle your natural tree also at the following locations:

    1) Tri-State Bird Rescue will accept trees. The trees must have all Tinsel removed. They ask that you call their front desk prior to bringing your tree to them since they have limited room for tree offloading. Number to call (302) 737-9543

     2) City of Newark residents can place their trees on the curbside for collection from December 29 to January 29. Call Public Works Department for designated collection day. (302)366-7000

     3) Cecil County residents can take their tree(s) (one to two trees per resident) to any of the landfill sites free of charge from December 26 to January 31. Trees will be shredded for mulch and used at the landfill for erosion control.  

    4) Chester County residents can dispose of their tree (one tree only) any time after Christmas. 

     5) New Castle County residents have several options for tree disposal.

                A. Polly Drummond Hill Community Yard Waste Site – Polly Drummond Hill Road from 8:30-4:30 pm

                B. Brookhill Yard Waste Site, open only on the 26th of December. 1034 S. Chapel St., Newark

                C. Holland Mulch, 135 Hay Rd. Edge Moor, De. – (302) 765-3100

                D. Wilmington Organic Recycling Center, 612 Christiana Ave., Wilmington, De. – (302) 266-7678


Just a few places to recycle Christmas trees after the holidays. 

Thanks, Bob Benson for the legwork to make a list. 

If you have questions, best to call the sites listed. 

Green Sanctuary Committee.