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Moreton Bay Regional Council free mulch to residents

Has anyone collected this free mulch and how is it made .When they make mulch they can add some very toxic substances that you would not want but because the levels in final product are low can still meet standards.

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Comment by Rob Collings on October 8, 2016 at 13:05

I had several truckloads many years ago. It was good to only pay for the truck and driver time (which I arranged separately). Mulch and loading came for free on that occasion.

There was a large amount of curved shredded strips >15cm, however plenty of soft woody bits well underway of breakdown along with some finer stuff.

Due to the curled bits, the mulch clung to the side of a bank very well.

I feel your concern Jeff and would not get it these days, unless for non-food and water flow beyond tanken into account. The mulch in part comes from green waste, from residential and business and I do wonder how many toxins are within the green waste dumped on the odd occasion. The first thing that springs to mind is herbicides residue, followed by pesticide residue.

Most of the public would avoid putting a toxic payload into green waste, however there have always been and probably always will be short-cutting eco vandals willing to dump their unwanted waste into rivers and such.

Comment by Lissa on October 8, 2016 at 7:53

Best to ask the people who make it Jeff. Let us know what you find out.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on October 8, 2016 at 7:53

I've only seen it, not used it. You see that mulch around all the Council plantings. They used to make it at the transfer station near me on the edge of the Narangba industrial estate. Don't know where they make it now not that it probably matters. They use dry and green wood e.g. fence palings, tree trunks and it comes out just like the chippings the commercial tree fellers make except for the dry stuff they include. I have no idea if they add anything although why they would I've no idea except perhaps they may put CCA-treated timber through whether accidentally or not. You have to load it yourself into your own trailer although for a fee they'll load it for you.

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