recycling programs

Yard Waste Recycling

Questions? Call our CITIZENS' RESPONSE LINE at 1-800-404-7080.

As a part of a Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) permit condition for all three DSWA landfills in Delaware. There is a yard waste disposal ban in place for all DSWA facilities.

This means yard waste cannot be disposed of in the landfill. Yard waste that is separated and not mixed with trash can still be brought to DSWA Landfills and Transfer Stations where it will be placed in a separate area for recycling.

Yard waste includes:

  • Grass
  • Leaves
  • Pruning
  • Brush
  • Shrubs
  • Garden Material
  • Christmas Trees
  • Tree Limbs up to 4 inches in diameter

Yard Waste Options for Delaware Residents

Drop Off Options

DSWA Collection Stations

DSWA's Collection Stations operate on a "pay-as-you-throw" basis, where each bag of yard waste is $1.00. To protect the safety of the operator and the users of our collection stations, NO CASH TRANSACTIONS take place on site. Therefore, pre-paid tickets must be purchased in advance and are available in $10.00 increments.

Collection Station Tickets may be purchased online by clicking here. DSWA also offers $10 tickets in person at DSWA's Administrative Building in Dover, our Jones Crossroads Landfill, Rt. 5 Transfer Station, Milford Transfer Station, and at the Sussex County Administration Building in Georgetown.

For Collection Station information click here.

DSWA Landfills or Transfer Stations

Yard waste can be brought to DSWA Landfills and Transfer Stations as long as it is not mixed together with trash. Yard waste delivered to DSWA facilities will be placed in separate area and made into mulch or compost. Click here for list of tipping fees.

Private Yard Waste Facilites

Click here for a list of private companies offering yard waste drop off sites.

Self Management

Handle it yourself by composting or mulching on your own property (By using a mulching mower you can reduce the need for fertilizers, pesticides, and watering as processed grass clippings return nutrients to the soil and help retain moisture. Labor and the need for resources such as bags is reduced.)

Collection Options

Click here for a list of private collection options in Delaware.

More Information on Yard Waste Recycling


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