Mulch Recycling Program
Annually, Stony Brook University converts approximately 2,000 tons of woody debris material (leaves, pallets, stumps, and brush) into a high quality mulch product. Using the machine pictured here the process involves double grinding this material into mulch which is then left to stand for approximately six months while it cures and ceases all micro-biotic activity. The University is entering the eleventh year of managing woody debris in this manner. In addition to the conservation of forest resources and saving money on purchasing new mulch, this process creates a high quality mulch product that is used throughout campus in various landscaping and aesthetic improvement applications to help conserve water and suppress weed growth.