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Oyster Bay Town: Free mulch for residents, businesses

A large tree dangerously rests on power lines

A large tree dangerously rests on power lines on a flooded section of Bayville Avenue during Hurricane Sandy in Bayville. (Oct. 29, 2012) (Credit: Barry Sloan)

The abundance of fallen trees and branches collected by Oyster Bay Town in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy has been transformed into an abundance of mulch available free of charge to residents and businesses, officials said Wednesday.

The free, double-ground mulch will be given away at John J. Burns Park in Massapequa between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays until further notice, officials said.

Town Supervisor John Venditto in a statement encouraged residents and businesses to use the organic mulch for landscaping.

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“Rather than ship the wood as garbage, the Town decided to recycle the wood by turning it into mulch and making it available to residents for their home gardening projects,” he said.

The trees and branches were put through a tub grinder rather than a wood chipper to create a finer mulch, he said.

Residents and businesses will be permitted to pull their vehicles up to the work area located at the back of Burns Park to load them.

Businesses will asked to fill out a waiver for their mulch.

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