The Aug. 4 storm that knocked out power and tore through northern Brookhaven Town had an unexpected benefit: Downed trees were turned into mulch and compost, which is now being given away for free to town residents, town officials said.
The mulch and compost are available until supplies run out at the following Brookhaven facilities:
Brookhaven Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill, Farmingville
Percy Raynor Park, Route 347 and Belle Mead Road, South Setauket
The town's ecology center, 249 Buckley Rd., Holtsville
Rose Caracappa Center, 739 Rte. 25A, Mount Sinai
Brookhaven Landfill, 350 Horseblock Rd., Brookhaven
Manorville Compost Facility, Papermill Road, Manorville
Robert Reid Park, Defense Hill Road and Route 25A, Shoreham
Mastic Skate Park, 300 Mastic Beach Rd., Mastic Beach
Residents must provide their own containers and load the material themselves, town officials said. For information, call 631-451-8696 or visit brookhaven.org.