Yard waste is plant material that comes from lawn maintenance and other gardening and landscaping activities. This includes grass clippings, leaves, prunings, brush and shrubbery, garden wastes, Christmas trees, and tree limbs up to four inches in diameter. Yard waste is banned from all Delaware landfills.
Senate Joint Resolution 2 (144th General Assembly)
Yard waste shouldn’t go into the regular trash. It has a lot of value as mulch or compost. When these materials go into landfills, they are buried and can no longer be used. Adding mulch to your yard and soils helps provide non-chemical nutrients and helps retain water for your bushes and trees.
If you have leaves and grass, the easiest thing to do is to get a mulching blade for your lawn mower and “cut it and leave it” on your lawn. Mulched leaves and grass act as a great fertilizer for your lawn and help to reduce watering. If your grass is too long, you might notice dried clumps appearing (known as thatch). Break up these clumps and mow them again to get rid of them.
If you have a lot of branches, bushes or stumps, your best option is take them to a mulch site or see if your trash hauler will pick them up curbside. Many Delaware trash haulers offer yard waste service throughout the year. This service is typically at an additional cost to normal garbage and recycling service. Curbside service is a convenient way to manage these materials and they will be mulched or ground up for use around the State.