Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental has temporarily lifted the statewide ban on yard waste. The ban lift will allow residents to dispose of storm-related yard waste, such as downed trees and fallen limbs, along with their household trash through Tuesday, Sept. 6.


    Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental has temporarily lifted the statewide ban on yard waste. The ban lift will allow residents to dispose of storm-related yard waste, such as downed trees and fallen limbs, along with their household trash through Tuesday, Sept. 6.

    The statewide yard waste ban went into effect earlier this year, but this eight-day reprieve will allow residents to clean up their property after the storm. Residents are still encouraged to keep their yard waste separated from their household trash and to take it to a Delaware Solid Waste Authority facility, yard waste drop-off site or to a private company that accepts yard waste in order to preserve land fill space and to provide valuable material to the mulch and composting industries.

    Although Delawareans may put yard waste in with their household trash for disposal until Sept. 6, residents who live in municipalities that already have a separate yard waste collection program should continue to use that service rather than put their storm debris in with their household trash.

    DNREC's yard waste drop-off sites in New Castle County, the Polly Hill Drummond site and DART Mid-County site, will be open every day this week.

    For more information about the lift, call DNREC's Solid & Waste Hazardous Waste Management Section at (302) 739-9403 or the Delaware Solid Waste Authority at (800) 404-7080.

    A full list of yard waste drop-off facilities can be found at http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/whs/awm/Recycling/Documents/Yard_Waste_Drop-off_Sites.pdf.