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Photo by Jim Davis. Despite Saturday's rain, Mike Fizdale, of Bowie, loads free mulch into his vehicle. The mulch is recycled from residents' Christmas trees.

Photo by Jim Davis. Despite Saturday's rain, Mike Fizdale, of Bowie, loads free mulch into his vehicle. The mulch is recycled from residents' Christmas trees.

Published on: Wednesday, April 20, 2011

By Jim Davis

Despite heavy rain Saturday, more than 700 cars and trucks traveled to Prince George’s County’s landfill in Upper Marlboro to load up their vehicles up with free mulch provided by the Department of Environmental Resources.

The mulch came from Christmas trees that the county waste department picked up this past Christmas. This is the 11th year of the program, said Denise Curry, Department of Environmental Resources.

“This year we collected over 28.9 tons of trees or over 2,900 trees throughout the county,” she said.

Several county residents who came from Mount Rainer and Landover stated they will use the free mulch for their yards. Samantha Boteler, 7, of Bowie, said she will use the mulch for her playground.

Curry also said that each year more than a thousand cars will show up for the free mulch, at times they will have cars waiting long line to get in.

“Due to the rain, our numbers are down,” Curry said. “Maybe next year we will have a nice day.”

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