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Mulch Money: Free for Residents, Brick Will Make Thousands From Extra Soil

Brick Public Works Facility, Ridge Road, Brick, N.J.

Brick Public Works Facility, Ridge Road, Brick, N.J.

For years, Brick Township has always offered top-quality soil and mulch to residents for free. The mulch is produced by leaf material picked up by Public Works, and is located at the recycling center on Ridge Road.

This year, the township found itself with excess mulch, and will put it to good use, officials said. The township council last week entered into a contract with a vendor who will buy the filtered and unfiltered soil and mulch.

Business Administrator Joanne Bergin said Advance Soil Technologies will pay $3 per cubic for screened mulch and $1 per cubic yard of unscreened mulch.

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“The township anticipates having 3,000 cubic yards of screened mulch and 3,000 cubic yards of unscreened mulch,” said Bergin.

That would add up to $12,000 that can be set in the township’s coffers.

“The mulch is mostly leaf byproducts from trees within the township, acquired from homeowners or removed by township employees from parks and other properties,” said Bergin.

The township will sell the mulch that is not taken by residents for free or used at township facilities, such as buildings and parks.

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