Yard Waste

Year Round Disposal

Collection Days are the first, third and fifth Wednesday of each month.

Because plastic bags are incompatible with composting, yard waste in plastic bags will not be collected.

Yard Waste

  • Leaves
  • Grass clippings
  • Flower bed stalks
  • Small prunings
  • Dead plants
  • Pine needles
  • Branches under 4"

Collection Methods

Paper yard waste bags

In paper bags (sold in stores as yard waste bags)


Yard waste container

In city-supplied Yard Waste Containers
(PDF icon Yard Waste Container order form)


Branch bundles

Branches tied in bundles with non-plastic rope or twine

  • Maximum 4 feet in length
  • Maximum 2 feet in width and 2 feet in height
  • Maximum of 40 pounds in weight


Yard waste containers should not be put out earlier than 6:00 p.m. on the day prior to collection. Please remove yard waste containers from the curb not later than 9:00 p.m. on collection day.

First Monday in October to Second Friday in May - Weekdays Only

Clean Loose Leaves and Pine Needles

The City's leaf vacuum machine only picks up clean loose leaves and pine needles.

  • Leaves are to be at the curb line or on shoulder — not in travel lane and not blocking fire hydrants
  • Do not place any type of foreign materials, such as: lumber, stones, bricks, branches, any type of garden or flower bed stalks, etc. in with the leaves.  If any such items are found to be present, the leaf pile will not be picked up.  Any materials other than leaves can cause personal injuries and damage the leaf vacuum.  A separate fee will be charged for such items.

Weekly loose leaf collection schedule

Prospect, Queen, St. Lawrence, Rodney, Norfolk, Lake Drive
Boardwalk to Scarborough Ave.: Stockley, New Castle, Hickman, Laurel, Brooklyn, Munson, Philadelphia
Delaware, Wilmington, Christian, Country Club Estates, State Road, Lee, School Lane, New Castle Ext., Stockley Ext., Scarborough Ext., Silver Lane
Canal, Grove, Sixth, Jones Lane, Rehoboth Ave., Sussex, Kent, Cookman, Dover, Gerar, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Easton, Baltimore, Maryland, Olive, Virginia, First, Second, Felton
Lakeview, Grenoble, Lake Ave., Pennsylvania, Oak, Park, Columbia, Henlopen, St. Michael’s, Easton

All loose leaves and pine needles must be out early on the collection morning; if not they will be picked up the next scheduled day.  There will not be any backtracking.


Christmas Tree Removal

Loose at curb — natural, no tinsel or decorations. Remove stand.

City Code Chapter 227 Solid Waste