Zero Waste Events in Hilo

Limited Mulch Availability at East Hawai‘i Organics Facility Hilo
February 15, 2017 – April 17, 2017       All Day

Mulch supply at the East Hawai‘i Organics Facility in Hilo will be limited beginning February 15, 2017 through April 17, 2017.  The limited supply is due to the County’s efforts to provide Enhanced Mulch. During the enhancement process, the mulch will need to reach temperatures of approximately 145°F for up to 60 days to destroy harmful bacteria, weed seeds and invasive species such as Little Fire Ants, Coqui frogs, ‘Ōhi‘a Wilt Fungus, etc. The process normally takes 60 days to sanitize the ground greenwaste; therefore, mulch may not always be available to the public, especially during the beginning of this process.

Priority mulch availability during this period will be given to the self-load (no loading assistance) pile.

We apologize for any inconvenience. The Department of Environmental Management thanks the public for your cooperation and understanding as we work with our contractor to make the mulch pick up process as convenient as possible. Thank you for recycling.

For mulch availability information please call Hawaiian Earth Recycling at 935-2277.


UH Hilo Sustainability Committee – Construction of Two Weigh Stations
March 28 & 30, 2017      9:00AM – 4:00PM

The Students of Sustainability is looking for interested students willing to construct  two large waste stations for UH Hilo. It will look good on your resume and you’ll make a positive impact on UH Hilo and the environment.