JOPLIN, MO.--- Tree limbs that were removed from the yards of Joplin residents are now being repurposed. Debris from an ice storm in December of last year will be ground up into mulch. The City of Joplin is paying Braik Brother Tree Care from Columbia, Missouri, a little over $34,000 for around 20,000 cubic yards of debris.
The three man operation involves a grapple to pick up the debris and drop it into a giant tub. Then a skid steer is used to push it into the machine. The recycling coordinator says this is the second day of the operation and it will take a few more days before the process is complete.
"It will probably take two days to grind it all once, then it will probably another two days to grind it all again," said Mary Anne Phillips, Recycling Coordinator.
The mulch will be given away to Joplin residents and non-residents at a later date.
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