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Free Mulch - Two Options

Creek Fire affecting LA Sanitation's Lopez Canyon operations

Due to the Creek Fire, our Lopez Canyon facility is closed to the public and to most of our staff. As such, our operations at this facility have been temporarily paused. This means we are not processing green waste to produce mulch, and our composting workshop this weekend has been cancelled. We are also temporarily unable to distribute sand and sand bags in preparation for wet weather. When operations resume, we will notify you.

If you live north of the 10 freeway, please note that we are indefinitely unable to deliver mulch and we are unsure when we can begin this free service again. If you live south of the 10 freeway, your mulch will be delivered as scheduled because it comes from our Harbor facility, which has not been affected. Unfortunately, we are temporarily unable to refill the self-service mulch locations around the City until further notice.

The fires on our property have been extinguished, and we are continuing to water our mulch piles to prevent further damage. Although we have suffered some loss of equipment, pipes, and power lines, and we are not expecting further damage. As our operations resume and our Lopez Canyon Education Center reopens, we will let you know.

LA Sanitation offers its sincere thanks to the City's emergency teams who have bravely and tirelessly assisted our staff as well as local residents and businesses. We salute you!

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If you have any questions or concerns about LA Sanitation services, please call our 24-hour Customer Care Center at
1-800-773-2489. For questions and concerns about other City services, please dial 3-1-1 or use the MyLA311 app.

Please be safe!

Checking Soil

Mulch is any type of material that is spread or laid over the surface of the soil as a covering. It is used to retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds, keep the soil cool, and make the garden bed look more attractive. LA Sanitation creates high-quality mulch from the green waste collected from homes across the City. This mulch is available free to residents! You can pick it up yourself at one of eleven locations around the City or request free home delivery (first come, first-served)

Option One: Free Self-Service

Picking Up Mulch The Free Mulch Giveaway program is available to all resi-dents of the City of Los Angeles. LA Sanitation (LASAN) is "Closing The Loop" by providing free quality mulch in 11 different locations throughout the City that are open to the public.

Instructions: Bring your own shovel, bag or pick-up; load up your own containers and take as much as you need.

If any locations run out of mulch or you want to know the delivery schedule, please call the Lopez Canyon Environmental Education Center at 818-485-0703.

For the convenience of the general public, our mulch, TOPGROTM Soil Amendment & TOPGROTM Premium Soil Amendment products, are also packaged in 1.5 cubic feet bags. Each bag weighs approximately 25 pounds and is offered for sale at the Lopez Canyon Environmental Education Center.

To learn more about our soil amendments and how to compost at home, click here. If you'd like to join one of our free Urban Gardening Workshops at Lopez Canyon, click here for the flyer.

Or download the PDF flyer with locations  for LASAN’s Free Mulch Give-Away.

Option Two: Free Home Delivery

Truck Dropping Off Mulch The City of Los Angeles is now offering free mulch delivery to Los Angeles City residents. Deliveries will be made from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

*Restrictions do apply and the property owner must be present at time of delivery for signature. Prior to being scheduled, homeowner must read, agree to, and sign the necessary waiver and order form below.

Deliveries will be scheduled for homeowners within the City of Los Angeles on a first-come, first-served basis and will require a signed waiver from the property owner. The property owner must be present at the time of delivery for signature. Each address will be limited to 2 (two) separate deliveries per calendar year.

To request a home delivery of mulch, please complete the form below.

If you have questions or need help, please call our 24-hour Customer Care Center at 1-800-773-2489.  We also suggest that you read the FAQs about our mulch.

Residents can choose from two delivery size options:
  • Whole load of 5 cubic yards (approximately 5-6 cubic yards, covering 500 square feet at 3-4 inches thick)
  • Half load of 2.5 cubic yards (approximately 2.5-3 cubic yards, covering 250 square feet at 3-4 inches thick)
The delivery truck dimensions are as follows:

     Length:  20 feet, 10 inches
     Width: 10 feet, 5 inches
     Height: 15 feet, 5 inches