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Backyard Composting

 Backyard Composting


Go Green in 2016

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Saturday, February 13 at 10 am – 12 noon
Earth Matters Farm near Ocean View (1 mile from South Pt & Kamaoa Roads)

Saturday, March 5 at 10 am – 12 noon
Kea‘au Reuse Center, Kea‘au Transfer Station

Workshops are free.  As space is limited, advance registration is required. Contact Marsha Hee at or 985-8725.  
Worms and worm bins will be available for purchase from the instructor at the workshop.  Donations and memberships to Recycle Hawaii are appreciated.
These programs are sponsored by Recycle Hawaii with funding support from the Swain Barber Foundation and in partnership with Earth Matters Farm.  For information on composting, recycling and other programs visit

Our “Composting is Recycling, Too!” program began in 2004 and has brought experts in the recovery of discarded organic materials into communities islandwide to conduct composting and vermiculture workshops plus numerous community event displays.  An estimated 5000 participants have learned how to turn food scraps, food contaminated paper and yard trimmings into valuable soil amendments - thus reducing green waste deposits into the island’s landfills.

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Master composter-educator Ann Hassler has conducted these activities since 2006.  She and daughter, Piper Seldon, also a RH compost instructor, wrote and designed the ​"​Backyard Composting in Hawaii​" ​brochure used in our compost workshops.  Ann will be moving to Washington State in March 2016.  Recycle Hawaii acknowledges her many years of dedicated service to our Hawaii Island community.


Greenwaste Program Changes - Disposal Fee Implementation - July 1, 2015

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Environmental Management will begin charging a new tipping fee on July 1, 2015 to businesses that drop off greenwaste at recycling facilities in West Hawai‘i and East Hawai‘i. Revenue from the new fee will help to finance an expansion of greenwaste recycling services across the island.
For more information, view the webpage here.


Kailua-Kona (Kealakehe) Mulch Assisted Mechanical Loading Increases to Daily Service - December 14, 2014

The County of Hawai‘i is pleased to announce increased services for West Hawai‘i!  Beginning Sunday, December 14, 2014, the Kealakehe Recycling & Transfer Station in Kailua-Kona will offer assisted mechanical loading of mulch every day (with loading fee).  This is an increase from the prior service available only on Thursdays and Saturdays.

The service will be available daily from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information, view the Hawaii Zero Waste website here



Due to loss of County of Hawaii - Department of Environmental Management funding, the home composting workshop series has been suspended.


Interested in composting/recycling containers? Here are more options to be aware of:
Fibrex Group