Free mulch and firewood thanks to Hurricane Irene

PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) - There's no better price than free. Instead of burning tree stumps and limbs left by Hurricane Irene, Prince George County decided to put the wood to good use.

The county chipped the debris into mulch and split the hardwood and will give it away for free, starting Saturday.

"We have to get rid of the storm debris and we thought instead of burning it, why not put it to good use and allow residents to save on their heating costs this year and take the firewood and use it," said Prince George Deputy County Administrator, Pamela Thompson.

Firewood will be limited to one pick-up truck load per home. You have to load it yourself. There's no limit on how much mulch you can take.

"We have enough mulch for everybody to take as much as they like," Thompson added.

That's a good deal says county resident, Samuel Jones.

"I'll get me a load to put around my bushes -- keep them from freezing. Anything free I want it. It's hard to get anything for free now," he added.

The give-away is only for Prince George residents.

"I think it's a good idea. It's getting cold and people need firewood," said Jones.

Mulch and hardwood will be given out on a first come first serve basis.

If you plan on picking up some of the free items bring your driver's license or a utility bill -- something to prove that you live in the county.

The firewood and mulch will be given away at the Prince George County Middle Road debris site on Saturday and Sunday, December 17th & 18th, from 7:30 in the morning until six in the evening.

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