As the New Year approaches, the Town of Hempstead is bringing back “Mulchfest” for a second straight year on January 2nd and January 8th at Baldwin Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Returning by popular demand, Town of Hempstead Mulchfest allows residents to safely dispose of their beloved Christmas trees while also receiving a bag of mulch in return. Supervisor Don Clavin and the members of the Hempstead Town Board encourage residents to visit Baldwin Park on January 2nd and January 8th with their Christmas trees in tow to participate in this program.
The announcement was made by Supervisor Don Clavin who was joined by Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman and County Executive-Elect Bruce Blakeman, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Councilman Dennis Dunne Sr., Councilman Thomas Muscarella, Councilman Chris Carini, Town Clerk Kate Murray, and Receiver of Taxes Jeanine Driscoll.
“We are always working to craft new and creative programs for our residents and the Town of Hempstead Mulchfest was a huge hit during the first installment last season,” Clavin said. “Last year’s success has inspired us to bring Mulchfest back to the Town of Hempstead for a fun and environmentally friendly way to repurpose Christmas trees. Also, we added a new element to the program as residents can bring all of their cardboard used during the holiday season and recycle it conveniently at Mulchfest.”
Residents can bring their Christmas trees and cardboard boxes down to Baldwin Park on Sunday, January 2nd, and Saturday, January 8th from 10 AM to 2 PM. The Mulchfest crew will take the Christmas trees to process through a wood chipper to provide residents with their own mulch that can be used for gardening purposes. Residents who cannot be in attendance for the Mulchfest dates can drop off Christmas trees only at Baldwin Park located at 3232 Grand Avenue in Baldwin, from Monday, January 3rd to Friday, January 7th from 9 AM to 4 PM. Cardboard will only be accepted at the January 2nd and January 8th events.
Mulch can be utilized for gardening purposes, soil moisture, and as a preventative measure towards pesky weeds. The Town of Hempstead Mulchfest will be producing mulch from fresh and properly shredded Christmas Trees to supply residents with organic compost that will provide an ideal environment for gardening. Any surplus mulch created will be used towards various Town of Hempstead parks for future planting and landscaping plans.
In addition to Mulchfest, the Town of Hempstead hosts S.T.O.P. (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants) events and E-Cycle (electronic recycling) events throughout the year to help promote the safe disposal of materials that could be hazardous to the environment and the waste stream. The 2022 S.T.O.P. and E-Cycle schedules are available online at hempsteadny.gov.
“The Town of Hempstead proudly stands for greener and environmentally friendly programs,” Clavin said. “So bring your Christmas trees down to Baldwin Park and participate in the ‘Mulchfestivities'!”