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The upside of downed trees? More mulch for towns

The mulch is a silver lining for towns such as Greece after the devastating winds knocked out power for half of its residents. (WHAM photo)

Greece, N.Y. (WHAM) - Wondering where the fallen trees and limbs are headed after the windstorm earlier this month?

Just follow the sound of the wood chipper.

It's a silver lining for towns such as Greece after the devastating winds knocked out power for half of its residents.

There is now a surplus of mulch.

Town Supervisor Bill Reilich said Monday it will be distributed to local parks and residents for free.

Residents in the town of Greece can either pick it up or have it delivered to their homes for a small fee.

"This is something that's not new to us," Reilich said. "We pick up brush all the time throughout the town. This is just a little larger volume."

Greece is also opening up their mulching services to other towns that can't handle processing their trees.

The town made more than 1,500 deliveries last spring and are expecting a few hundred more this year.

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