Free Mulch

City of Riverside Residents and Businesses Save Water and Money with Free Mulch

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Riverside Public Works is now offering FREE garden mulch to City of Riverside residents, non-profit organizations and businesses.

Mulch is made from your own garden and landscape.  The City collects greenwaste (i.e. grass clippings, dried leaves, branches and other organic yard trimmings) generated by residents and commercial businesses as part of the recycling program.  The greenwaste is then taken to the Agua Mansa Transfer Station and processed into mulch.

“Public Works is thrilled to be able to offer the FREE mulch program because it gives the City the opportunity to give back to the community and the environment by converting unusable green material into a valuable resource” said Siobhan Foster, Public Works Director.

There are many benefits to using mulch for your landscaping and garden needs:

-        Increases soil’s organic content;

-        Reduces water usage by keeping moisture in the soil which saves money;

-        Controls soil erosion;

-        Suppresses weed growth;

-        Builds sound root structures; and

-        Makes your garden more attractive.

“As more Riverside residents turn to home and community gardens, the City’s free mulch program benefits individuals, and the environment itself,” said Mayor Ron Loveridge.

Pick up your FREE mulch at the Agua Mansa Transfer Station Scale House located at 1830 Agua Mansa Road, Riverside, California.  Hours are Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mulch will be loaded directly into pickups or vehicles with trailers.  Passenger cars or vans must bring containers or bags.  Proof of residency or business location must be provided.  A driver’s license or City of Riverside utility bill are preferred.

For more information, please call (951) 826-5311.

9 thoughts on “Free Mulch”

  1. Is your mulch giveaway open to residents of Riverside County or only residents of the city of Riverside?

  2. I am a small organic farmer in Temecula. I have 10 acres I’d like to apply mulch to. Do you deliver? Large trucks are ok. Is this mulch full of trash? A farmer next to me got a bunch of free mulch and it was about 25% trash.

  3. Hi Todd,

    I know that the County transfer station has free mulch. I’ve used it and it can be pretty roughly shredded depending on what it was, palm fronds vs. wood waste. The wood waste mulch I’ve used is decent but it does have some shredded plastic bags, ties, and assorted crap. They also have different grades of mulch. Some of these are pretty clean but they are not free. I would recommend getting in touch with them (Agua Mansa Transfer Station) and let them know what you’d like to accomplish. If you are aware of the Grow Riverside initiative for a local food economy, there is a broad base of support building for local farmers. The transfer station as a resource for soil building and reducing carbon footprints was included in a section of the recently completed Food Policy Document about to go before the City Council. So feel free to let them know how much the community is relying on their expertise in creating these valuable local resources.

  4. Is this still open? I need some mulch for our lawn conversion. Also, I live in corona, am I able to get some free mulch? Thank you.

  5. I don’t see why you couldn’t go to Aqua Mansa and get mulch. Just be aware that free mulch might not be clean enough for you purposes. Still worth a call first to ask any questions. They process a lot of green waste.

  6. I am wondering if you guys also serve Riverside county? All I am seeing is for Riverside city. I live in Jurupa Valley, in the Rubidoux area. I am wanting it for my front yard and possibly my back yard. Thanks so much. Brigette

  7. You would be well advised to make a visit and check out what they have on hand. There are different grades of mulch. Some are cleaner than others. One of our organic farmers is picking up organic compost at the Colton site. I don’t know the exact location as I haven’t been there yet, but I plan to check it out as soon as I finish the damn weeding — again this year!

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