Streamwood Park District buys new brush chipper

  • The Streamwood Park District has a new Vermeer BC1500 Brush Chipper to aid in storm debris cleanup.

    The Streamwood Park District has a new Vermeer BC1500 Brush Chipper to aid in storm debris cleanup. Courtesy of Streamwood Park District

 
 
Posted8/22/2022 4:22 PM

When strong summer storms hit like the ones Streamwood has experienced this summer, our parks' trees, branches and other brush are usually the unfortunate casualties, and cleanup can be a long, arduous and expensive process.

Now the Streamwood Park District has a new weapon to aid in cleanup in the form of a Vermeer BC1500 Brush Chipper. The park district board of commissioners approved its purchase at the July 26 board meeting.

 

The total cost of the chipper, which was purchased through the Sourcewell Joint Purchasing Program, was $60,000 delivered.

"We're excited to have this new resource for our parks team to make quick work of tree and branch cleanup," said Executive Director Jeff Janda.

Prior to the purchase of the chipper, the park district would contract dumpsters to deposit tree and brush branches, with an estimated minimum reported cost of $1,000 per month. Staff loaded the landscape-related items in park trucks, then transported and transferred the materials into the dumpsters and attempted to compress the debris to maximize the loads. This process was very labor intensive.

The new chipper will now be able to be towed to locations as needed, where the debris is chipped into the back of a collection box on the dump truck.

Additionally, the park district will now be able to make its own mulch from the brush debris to use at parks and other facilities.

"This will reduce the costs of dumpster rental, truck use, labor, as well as mulch acquisition costs while improving safety," said Janda. "It will also reduce the cost of contracted tree services."

Janda said the return on this investment could be realized in as little as five years, with the unit's overall expected useful service span expected to be around 20 years.

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