County Offers Temporary Free Mulch Loading Services at Kealakehe Transfer Station

Date: September 6, 2017 October 31, 2017
Time: All Day

Kealakehe Greenwaste Mulch Public Pick-up Area
74-625 Hale Māka‘i Place
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Amid water restrictions in North Kona, the County of Hawai‘i Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has temporarily suspended mulch loading fees at the Kealakehe Transfer Station, in hopes of encouraging the public to mulch their plants to save water.

DEM has directed its contractor, Hawaiian Earth Recycling, to provide free mulch loading services through October 31, 2017. As always, the free mulch is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Mulch loading service hours at the facility’s Mulch Public Pick-up Area are from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hawaiian Earth Recycling will load mulch into your truck and or trailer at no cost to you.  You may also self-load your vehicle if you only want a small load of mulch.

Free mulch and free mulch loading service is also available at the West Hawai‘i Organics Facility in Pu‘uanahulu.  Please visit our Organics page for more information.

Mulching boosts water retention in the soil while conserving water.  Mulch provides moisture while nurturing plants and trees, and it delivers natural nutrients that dramatically improve soil productivity.

For questions, directions, availability, please call Hawaiian Earth Recycling at (808) 935-2277 and for more recycling information visit the County of Hawaii’s website at

Temporary Free Mulch Loading at Kealakehe Transfer Station Media Release  (PDF)