The Backyard Compost Bin & Rain Barrel Sale is now closed!

However we do still have a few rain barrels left to purchase so act quickly if you are still interested.


Why Compost? Foodwaste does not belong in landfills.

How do we count the whys? First, to reduce organic waste going into landfills that contribute to climate change, to save yourself money, and resources, to reduce your trash. The result—a healthier earth, no more smelly trash, free soil, and improved soil. Food and other organic wastes in Monroe County municipal trash makes up to 40% of the waste stream. Food waste that decomposes in a landfill, creates methane, a greenhouse gas which at most landfills is released directly into the atmosphere through vents. Methane is more potent than carbon dioxide as a warming greenhouse gas, and contributes to climate change.

Composting is easy to do and has loads of benefits. By tossing in your food scraps (veggies, grains, fruits) with an equal part of brown organics (leaves, twigs, dried grass, etc.) rich compost is created. Using compost on your yard and/garden and flowering plants returns valuable nutrients to help recharge and maintain soil quality and fertility, along with naturally fertilizing plants replacing the need for harmful chemicals. Everyone has food scraps and everyone can make a difference in reducing waste and climate change. The District is here to help you year-round if you have questions regarding the composting process. Order your choice of compost bin today and get composting! Please refer to this website for more information about backyard composting:

And more info on composting from the EPA:

Want to learn more? Check out this cool video:

The District encourages Monroe County residents to visualize your banana peels, watermelon rinds, veggie cuttings, bread and other grains, not as garbage, but as valuable resources to be incorporated into a backyard compost system, minimizing the amount of organic materials headed to the landfill. Of the municipal waste generated in Monroe County Indiana, over21% is food waste, and an additional 19% is other compostable materials. (Kessler Consulting waste composition study, October 2017).

Happy composting!

If you cannot compost at home, check out the District’s community food waste collection at the Northeast Recycling Center. Register to get an access code to the collection bin.

"In nature there is never anything wasted.  Waste from one organism is food for another.  Zero waste means better overall health for everyone."

Elisa Pokral
Community Outreach Coordinator, Monroe County Solid Waste Management District, Bloomington, IN

"Earth knows no desolation.  She smells regeneration in the moist breath of decay." -George Meredith

Lauren Travis
Assistant Director of Sustainability, Economic and Sustainable Development Department, City of Bloomington, IN

“Rain barrels reduce stormwater or "runoff", water that does not soak into the ground and can transport many pollutants to our local waterways as well as increase erosion. Water your plants, wash off patio furniture and tools with rain that has fallen on your roof and has been collected in rain barrels. This helps to reduce your utility bill and conserve water! Leaves from your composter will fertilize your gardens and help keep leaves from clogging storm drains!"

Kriste Lindberg
Stormwater Education Specialist, Utilities Department, Bloomington, IN

Why Use a Rain Barrel? With climate change, Indiana is getting wetter and warmer. Let’s make use of that water. Reuse it and save on your water bill!

Make Every Day Earth Day

Along with providing rich nutrients to reenter the ground by composting your grains, and fruit and veggie scraps, collecting and reusing rainwater is a no brainer. You are utilizing a resource that is literally falling from the sky. Not for human or pet consumption but your plants, inside and out, will love it!

For every inch of rain that falls on a square foot of your roof, you can receive just over half a gallon of water. Collecting rainwater is a cost-effective alternative to using tap water for watering yards and gardens while: reducing peak volume and velocity of storm water runoff to streams and storm sewer systems, helping to reduce peak water demand during summer months, not to mention that it is inexpensive to install and maintain. Did I mention that it falls from the sky?! Order your rain barrel today!  

More information on rain barrels;

Join the Zero Waste movement


*Pick Up is either Saturday April 17th or Saturday April 24th, 2021

Time: 9:00AM - 2:00 PM

*Two locations to pick from when you place you order (please pick 1.)

1.)  Switchyard Park 1601 S Rogers St, Bloomington, 

2.) South Walnut Recycling Center 3400 S. Walnut St. Bloomington

COVID-19 Safety - Please be advised that face masks will be required and that social distancing guidelines will be in place.

The District does not make any warranty or representation, expressed or implied, regarding the item soffered for sale by BrandBuilders, LLC. Purchasers must direct any questions, claims or disputes regarding their purchase to BrandBuilders, LLC. Purchases not picked up April 18th from 9 am to 1 pm may be donated and used for educational purposes unless the District is promptly notified. Please make alternate arrangements for someone else to pick up the item(s) if you cannot be there on the 18th during pickup times. Questions related to purchasing: Jeffery with BrandBuilders phone: 1-800-842-0527. Informational or local questions: Elisa Pokral, Monroe County Solid Waste Management District email: 812-349-2866/2020

Pick-Up Day & Time

Saturday, April 17th, 2021

or Saturday April 24th