May 8, 2021

Mulch ado about nothing?

APPLE VALLEY — A Public Works project that installed rubber mulch in playgrounds at five town parks has come under the scrutiny of resident Kerry Henard, who questioned the town’s use of the product after he saw a Proposition 65 warning on shipping documents.

The mulch replaced “degraded” wood chips at Mendel, Corwin, Thunderbird, Norm Schmidt and Civic Center parks via a $140,520 grant from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), according to town spokesperson Gina Whiteside.

“The purpose of CalRecycle’s program is to fund projects that use recycled-content products derived from tires that would have otherwise ended up in the landfill,” Whiteside said.

Henard — who has posted hundreds of Facebook and YouTube videos exposing what he sees as Town Hall’s ineptitude — argued against what he described as “nothing more than shredded tires.”

“If the person who manufactured it (has) to tell the town it’s a (carcinogen), is the town going to tell you?” Henard asked in the first video. “You’ve got four parks that already have it and they haven’t told you … yet. So I’m pretty much sure they weren’t planning on telling you.”

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