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Backyard Composting

 Backyard Composting

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



East Hawai`i composting and vermiculture workshops are provided with funding from the Swain Barber Foundation and are offered regularly around the island.  Composting workshops will be posted here as they become available. Check back here to find a location and time that is convenient for you. Workshops have a $10 materials fee per adult with no charge for children ages 12 and under.

Workshop participants who monitor their waste stream, compost on average 54% of their household waste!
For more information about how to compost, download the Backyard Composting Brochure.

Please visit our Calendar of Events for upcoming workshops, or simply check back here regularly to find a location and time that is convenient for you. Composting workshops will be posted here as they become available. Workshops are $10 each.

Upcoming Composting Workshops


MARCH 2015

Saturday, March 14, 2015
Kea‘au Recycling & Reuse Center
Kea‘au Transfer Station
10 AM – 12 PM
Episcopal Church of the Holy Apostles
1407 Kapiolani St, Hilo
2 PM – 4 PM

Brighten and sweeten your garden this year for results that show.  Join us for a fun, interactive and informative two-part workshop on basic home composting. The first half of our workshop focuses on backyard composting technique. Vermiculture, the process of composting with worms, is discussed in the second half.  Soil amendments and composition is also covered. Worms & bins will be available for sale at the workshop.

To register for composting workshops, please contact Ann Hassler, Master Composter/Recycler at 937-1100 or .

Visit Crazy4Compost - Hawaii Conposting and Vermiculture's new Facebook page!

For more information about backyard and worm composting, including bins and worms, check out Hawaii Rainbow Worms.

For information regarding worms for composting please click the link above.


WAIMEA Compost Workshops

Every other Saturday at 9:00-11:00 AM
Waimea Homestead Farmers Market
(on Hwy 19 next to 55 mile marker at Kuhio
 Hale West Hawaii Office of DHHL)
January 10 & 24, 2015
February 7 & 21, 2015
March 7 & 21, 2015

These workshops are taught by Samantha Robinson and Noah Dodd.  Their 2-hour session covers four composting methods: basic aerobic composting, sheet composting, commercial composting, vermicomposting, and Bokashi composting.  Workshop participants also make bokashi to take home.  Open to beginners with no composting experience, farmers and experienced composters. Adults and children are welcome.  $10 workshop fee per adult.

Register at the farmer’s market or contact Samantha Robinson at
747-2737 or



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