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VIDEO: KYTC Transforms Fallen Trees Into Valuable Mulch

Wed September 13, 2023 - Midwest Edition #19

A recent video from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet illustrated how it worked with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and other state agencies on a "debris-to-mulch" project that turned thousands of trees downed by major flooding across eastern Kentucky earlier this year into beneficial mulch made available for commercial sale

For the first few weeks after the flooding, KYTC crews focused on removing debris while re-opening several roads and bridges — repairing and replacing damaged bridges with temporary structures.

That work removed more than 403,000 tons of debris from waterways and rights-of-way in eastern Kentucky as part of the agency's flood cleanup efforts. The initiative eliminated debris from 48 damaged vehicles while clearing 615 mi. of streams and creeks.

Nearly 100,000 tons of wood debris were sent to one of two Kentucky mulching facilities for re-use as part of this program, KYTC noted.

That wood debris ultimately produced about 160,000 cu. yds. of mulch — equivalent to almost 2.1 million bags of the mulch product typically sold in home improvement stores, the agency said — made available for commercial sale.

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