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East Lansing Turning Ice Storm Debris Into Park Resources

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EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS) - Monday was the last day the city of East Lansing would pick up any debris left at the curb.



So far they've collected a lot of twigs and branches from December's ice storm.

6 News Nick Perreault has the latest.

Crews in East Lansing are making their final push. They're dropping off truck loads of debris from the December ice storm.

"We're used to having a storm or two a year where there might be some trees that come down, some debris," said Catherine DeShambo, East Lansing Environmental Services.

But never like this, thousands of yards of debris which DeShambo says is forcing crews to work overtime.

"For about the last month, we've had two crews a day on debris cleanup collection, we've made entire passes through the city."

The city of East Lansing says none of this debris will go to waste, they'll actually grind it up and reuse it throughout the city parks.

"It's an operation we've had in effect for many years, so this year we're just going to have more to use," said DeShambo.

DeShambo says they won't stop using the debris once they've filled the parks full of wood chips.

"We will use it on our pathways, in landscaping and we will also share some with MSU for their fuel plant."

Thanks to Mother Nature, winter damage will help lay the groundwork this spring.

Those trips ultimately end up at public works headquarters, off State Road.

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