Hawaiian Earth Products Big Island

Hawaiian Earth Products Big Island (3 Locations)

East Hawai'i Organics Facilities

Leilani Street

Hilo, HI 96720

Hours of operation: 6:30 am-4:15 pm; Sunday-Saturday

Business Office Phone: 808-935-2277

E-mail: gotcompost@menehunemagichawaii.com


West Hawai'i Organics Facilities

Pu'u Pohaku Road

71-1111 Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway

Waikoloa, Hi  96738

Hours of operation: 7:00 am-4:15 pm; Monday-Saturday

Closed Sundays

Business Office Phone: 808-935-2277

E-mail: gotcompost@menehunemagichawaii.com


Kealakehe Recycling and Transfer Station

Hale Makai Place

Kailua-Kona, Hi  96740

Hours of operation: 7:00 am-4:00 pm;Thursdays and Saturdays

Business Office Phone: 808-935-2277

E-mail: gotcompost@menehunemagichawaii.com



Mulch Big Island-Frequently Asked Questions



What are accetable organics/greenwaste to unload?

  • palm fronds

  • tree and hedge cuttings

  • grass clippings

  • untreated and unpainted wood pallets

  • logs, branches or other material less than 18 inches in diameter or 5 feet in length


What are not acceptable organics/greenwaste to unload?

  • garbage bags and rubbish

  • lumber including sawdust

  • plastics

  • rocks & dirt

  • glass

  • metal

  • treated or painted pallets

  • invasive species of any kind (plant or animal)

  • logs branches or other material in excess of 18 inches in diameter or 5 feet in length


Is your green waste mulch and pallet mulch seperated?

Yes.  There are two different types of mulch available.  Green waste that has been grinded and grinded wood pallets.


How often do you grind wood pallets?  Is it readily available?

We grind wood pallets once a month, but please call for availability.


How much does the mulch cost?

Mulch is Free.


Are loaders available at both locations?

We have loaders at both locations to help you and self-loading is also available.


What are the uses and benefits of using mulch?

Mulch is a protective covering:
•Inhibits weed germination and growth. 
•Holds in soil moisture, protecting your plants from drying out quickly
•During summer, it helps keep plant roots cooler
• It adds nutrition to your garden as it breaks down
•To enhance the visual appeal of the area


What are the different types of mulches available for free on the Big Island?

Woodchip mulch is a byproduct of reprocessing used (untreated) pallets and logs.  The chips are used to conserve soil moisture, moderate soil temperature and suppress weed growth. Woodchip mulch is often used under trees, shrubs or large planting areas.  
•Grass Clippings and Shredded leaves mulch are high in nitrogen and minerals, and also enriches the soil with it. It can be used to mulch vegetable or flower gardens.


How much mulch do I need for my project?

Measure the area you want to cover in mulch.
•Multiply the Length (in feet) by the Width (in feet).
•Divide by 27.
•Divide by 12.
•Multiply by the Depth (thickness in inches) of the mulch cover.
•The result approximates the number of cubic yards of mulch your landscaping project is likely to need.

Also, see our compost calculator located on the website.

How much is one cubic yard?

One cubic yard is equal to 27 cubic feet and covers (approximately):
•100 square feet at 3 inches deep
•150 square feet at 2 inches deep


Depending on the size of your wheelbarrow, one cubic yard is roughly equivalent to:
•7 wheelbarrows that each hold 4-cubic feet
•5.5 wheelbarrows that each hold 5-cubic feet
•4.5 wheelbarrows that each hold 6-cubic feet

How is mulch applied?

Mulching provides a neat appearance to your landscape while helping to reduce weed growth.
Here are a few important Do's and Do Not's when it comes to mulching:

•DO periodically remove any mulch build-up.
•DO apply mulch lightly: 2 to 3 inches on new plantings; 1 to 2 inches when re-mulching.
•DO "turn and fluff up" mulch once a year to keep it fresh, prevent caking, and prevent fungus from forming.

•DON'T apply mulches deeper than 3 to 4 inches. MORE IS NOT BETTER!
•DON'T heap mulch around the trunks of trees. This will cause rot and insect damage.
•DON'T forget to mulch!

Note: If you're mulching over existing mulch, make sure to loosen or remove the existing mulch before you start. This helps to ensure better moisture penetration.

When should mulch be applied?

Mulch can be applied almost anytime throughout the year.





As of December 31, 2013
Hawaiian Earth Products
has recycled:

1,106,591 tons

of Green, Wood, and Produce Waste into Menehune MAGIC Organic Soil Conditioner.