Every year the City of Long Beach produces an average of 12,000 tons of green waste from standard tree trimming maintenance. The City works to keep this resource from going to landfills by placing mulch on vacant property owned by the City. Every year, Operation Mulch-A-Lot places 6,000 tons of mulch on vacant City lots, with an additional 600 tons annually being delivered to Long Beach residents through our Mulch Delivery Program.

Mulch from City tree trimming operations offers a number of landscaping advantages including weed reduction, added nutrients, soil temperature moderation, water retention, improved soil structure, beautification, and improved root systems. We recommend the mulch be used as ground cover, at least 2" thick (4" if being used for weed reduction). After about 12-18 months, the mulch will become a fine, compost material that can then be worked into the soil.

Funding for this program is provided by state and federal grants through the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network. Youth Green Job Trainees and their supervisors will perform the deliveries.


To be eligible to receive mulch through this program, one must be a Long Beach resident and homeowner.

Mulch will be delivered to your property and unloaded in a single location within the property boundaries. It cannot be left on sidewalks, public walkways, or road surfaces. Due to the high volume of deliveries, we cannot spread the mulch or unload it in multiple locations. No wheel barrows or buckets are kept on the delivery truck, so if the desired delivery location is not accessible by our truck, items with which to move the mulch will need to be provided by the homeowner.


The City's Office of Sustainability has set up an electronic Mulch Request Form through which eligible residents may request mulch. The Mulch Request Form is available online and can be submitted via email. Residents will be asked to indicate the amount of mulch desired, the reason for the mulch, and the most opportune times for loads to be delivered.

Capacity is limited to 14 deliveries a week on a first-come, first-served basis. Deliveries can be scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm.

After submitting a Mulch Request, you will be contacted via email with your scheduled date and time of your delivery. If you have not received an email within a few days, be sure to check your spam folder.


Due to the high demand of residential requests, the City of Long Beach has launched a new Mulch Pick-up Program. The Mulch Yard is located at 2702 California Ave (on California, between Willow and Spring). The Mulch Yard is open every Tuesday - Friday: 9am - 12noon.

This is a self-service pick up, so please be sure to bring your own tools/containers/bags when picking up mulch. The pick-up program is not limited to residents of Long Beach. We do ask that you not block access to the piles with your car. Also, to please pick up any trash you may come across in the yard into one of the nearby trash cans.

For more information, contact
Greg Jones, Mulch Program Project Lead