The city of Durango, which has more mulch than it can handle, is offering it free for the next three weeks.
Mulch will be available only to city of Durango residents today and Saturday and May 4 and 5, said Roy Petersen, director of city operations.
Identification that shows an address will be required.
But on May 11 and May 12, it’s open season, Petersen said. Anyone, including residents of unincorporated areas, may take mulch.
Petersen said more than 3,000 cubic yards of mulch – a mound 200 to 300 feet long, 50 feet wide and 30 feet high – is awaiting.
“We’ve accumulated more than we can get rid of,” Petersen said. “The mulch comes from tree limbs we collect in our spring and fall cleanups and from Christmas trees.”
The city normally sells the mulch at the recycling center for $8 a cubic yard, but demand isn’t keeping up with supply, Petersen said.
Mulch sales began around 1997, Petersen said. The city sells about 200 cubic yards a year.
“We charge for the mulch, which is available to anyone, because it’s generated by city residents,” Petersen said.
This marks the second year the city has offered free mulch, he said.
He estimated about 60 people picked up free mulch last year, with most haulers taking about two cubic yards.
Free mulch may be picked up from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The location is reached by taking Tech Center Drive to the end and following a dirt road for about one-third of a mile. The mulch pile is on the right.