roberthassk said:Initially only a couple pieces of the manufactured wood products and plastic were visible as I spread the mulch. Each time it has rained, dirt has been washed from the mulch and the trash mixed in becomes more evident. I just would like to figure out who enforces the laws that are on the books to regulate the mulch producers so people across the Midwest are not spreading this trash on their gardens and landscape this spring.
roberthassk said:or I recently purchased some mulch from a big box home improvement store that those of us in the Midwest are all familiar with. As I started to spread this mulch in my garden to protect some plants that were coming up too early, I noticed pieces of plywood, particle board, OSB (oriented strand board) and chips with paint on one surface. Knowing that construction debris contains formaldehyde based glues and potential lead based paints, I reached out to the big box store corporate custom service. After pressing the topic with corporate customer service I receive a note from the associate garden supply buyer for the company and he said "sometimes a pallet will make its way into mulch products." Several days later it rained, washing some of the dirt from the mulch I laid down. Even more pieces of manufactured wood products were visible, along with electrical tape, plastic and other unnatural debris. I researched the Ohio State Administrative code ( the state that the mulch was processed in) and found that only clean wood can be used in mulch products. Chapter 560 of the Ohio code defined clean wood clearly as, wood free of adhesives, coatings and paint products. I reached out to the Ohio EPA and their representative stated they did not have the authority to inspect this processor. I reached out to the Ohio Attorney General's office and they passed me to the Ohio BBB for consumer complaints. The Better Business Bureau (a non-profit with no real authority) sent a complaint to the mulch processor, which in turn sent an apology to me. My question is who has the authority to inspect and regulate mulch and soil producers to insure consumers are not contaminating their gardens with chemicals that are dangerous if ingested? Clearly Ohio has a law on the books to insure unsafe debris does not end up in what is suppose to be a clean wood product.