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Safely Dispose Christmas Trees by Visiting Hempstead Town’s First Ever “TOH Mulchfest”

With the holiday season coming to an end and a new year just about to begin, Hempstead Town Supervisor Don Clavin and the Town Board invite all residents to participate in America’s largest township’s first ever “TOH Mulchfest!” This new program allows residents to have their Christmas Trees shredded into mulch and encourages them to take a bag of mulch home for their own personal use.

Supervisor Clavin –along with Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Bruce Blakeman, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr., Councilman Tom Muscarella, Councilman Chris Carini, Town Clerk Kate Murray and Receiver Jeanine Driscoll—invite Hempstead Town residents to participate in TOH Mulchfest, which will be held on Sunday, January 3rd and Saturday, January, 9th at Baldwin Park (3232 Grand Ave., Baldwin) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“TOH Mulchfest is an environmentally conscious program that encourages residents to turn their beloved Christmas Tree into mulch for their gardens, lawns or compost piles,” said Clavin. “Instead of disposing of the trees through regular sanitation, we are proud to offer this greener option for residents looking to keep their Christmas Tree year-round.”

To participate in TOH Mulchfest, residents are asked to safely transport their Christmas Tree to Baldwin Park on January 3rd or January 9th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Town of Hempstead employees will then run the tree through a woodchipper and return a bag of mulch to the resident. The entire process will be contact-free and completely safe. Residents are reminded to remove decorations prior to bringing their Christmas Tree to the park.

Residents who cannot make either of the TOH Mulchfest dates will have the option to dispose of their Christmas Trees at a designated drop-off location at Baldwin Park from Monday, January 4th through Friday, January 8th, Monday, January 11th and Tuesday, January 12th. Please follow the signage at Baldwin Park to the drop-off location, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on those designated dates.

Mulch has a variety of uses in gardening and landscaping, and the organic mulch produced from shredded Christmas Trees is helpful for the environment and will improve the organic content of your soil structure. Any excess mulch will be kept by the park and used for future landscaping procedures. What’s more, this program contributes to a greener footprint from Hempstead Town.

“Bring your Christmas Tree down to Baldwin Park and dispose of it the safe and environmentally sound way,” said Clavin. “I look forward to continuing this tradition for many years to come!”

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