Welcome to the Spring 2022 Go Green District Compost Bin & Rain Barrel Sale!
Order deadline: April 11th
We're excited to offer our Spring 2022 Community Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale, in honor of Earth Day. Backyard Composting is an excellent way to reduce trash going to landfills and allows you to make your own compost! Rain Barrels reduce water costs, keeps our water clean and provides a natural source of water for plants and gardens all while reducing that amount of pollutants that enter our storm drains.
Please explore our site to see what is being offered at this community sale. Because we are purchasing in bulk, we are able offer compost bins, rain barrels and accessories at reduced prices.
Two convenient pickup locations in Bloomington on April 22nd and 23rd.
Composting in the news
Celebrating 30 Years
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 waste and associated compostable waste in Monroe County municipal trash make 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: https://indianarecycling.org/food-waste-composting/
And more info on composting from the EPA: https://www.epa.gov/sustainable-management-food/wasted-food-programs-and-resources-across-united-states
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, over 21% is food waste, and an additional 19% is other compostable materials. (Kessler Consulting waste composition study, October 2017).
If you cannot compost at home, check out the District’s community food waste collection at the Northeast Recycling Center. Register with Earthkeeperscompost.com to subscribe.
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!
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