Newark-Pike Creek yard waste site likely to operate for another year

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Newark-area legislators announced that constituents are likely to have their own free yard waste disposal site for another year.

The Bond Bill Committee has just approved funding for another year for the Polly Drummond Hill Road Yard Waste Site off the road in the Pike Creek area.

As things stand, when the Bond Bill is approved by the full General Assembly and signed by the governor later this month, the site will be operational during the spring, summer, and fall months on weekends only between July 1 and June 30, 2021.

Legislators have fought to keep the site as other commercial sites in northern Delaware continue to charge for disposal. Residents also have the option of adding the service to their refuse bill.

DNREC, at times, has pressed for closing the site, citing issues like illegal dumping by commercial landscapers, the costs of grind up the waste into mulch and occasional back-ups on the two-lane road east of Newark.

There are also worries that invasive plant species dumped at the site will make their way into nearby White Clay Creek State Park.

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority plans to open a site later this summer in the Pencader area south of Newark to handle electronics and other types of waste. The center will means a shorter drive for Newark residents who previously had to use the recycling center in the New Castle.

However, a yard waste option will not be available for residents at the Pencader location.

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