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Damaged trees from wind storm being reused as compost

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For many folks around Monroe and surrounding counties who lost power and had to deal with damage in the recent storms, things are beginning to go back to normal.

Norm Drake, of Irondequoit, who lost power and trees on his property, said, “neighbors looked out for one another. The town looked out for it’s residents. Everyone did the best they could.”

But local municipalities still have a lot on their plate moving forward. Public Works crews in Irondequoit were seen Tuesday collecting trees, or what’s left of them, in several neighborhoods.

Supervisor Dave Seeley said they won’t go to waste. The remains will be chipped and turned into compost and mulch, then given away for free.

“We reuse virtually everything every year. We’ll have a little bit more mulch to make available, but we’ll make sure that it’s recycled and used in a good manner. We don’t want any of this to go to waste,” he said.

A similar plan is in place in the Town of Perinton, where Supervisor Mike Barker said the town has a longstanding relationship with Waste Management, dating back more than 20 years.

So far in 2017, there have been 337 truckloads of tree remains brought to the High Acres Landfill. That’s a 55% increase from last year during that time, and there’s still more being collected. Barker said many of the Perinton DPW crews are just now finding piles of debris that were buried in last week’s snowstorm.

“Some areas, particularly if a tree has just come down, it’s just being worked on now, our guys will spot it and get over there and get it out as soon as they can,” said Barker.

Even with the significant increase in mulch volume this year, Barker’s confident it will be put to good use, whether it be for the town’s parks, or people’s homes.

“Whatever we put out gets taken, and so there will be more this year because there’s been more,” he said.

Waste Management plans on starting the composting process sometime in May.

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