Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Rain barrel and compost bin sale April 14

On Saturday, April 14, 2012, Baltimore County will host a joint compost bin and rain barrel truckload sale. The sale will be held on the parking lot of the Carver Center for the Arts at 938 York Road, Towson, MD 21204. This sale will be a one-day event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. Compost bins and rain barrels will be sold on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.

The compost bin for sale is once again The Earth Machine, made from recycled plastic with an 80-gallon capacity, easy snap together assembly, and a ten-year warranty.

The rain barrel for sale is once again the Systern Rain Barrel. The Systern Rain Barrel is made from recycled plastic with a 55-gallon capacity, a mosquito mesh to keep bugs and debris out, and a five-year warranty. It also comes with installation instructions, spigot, screws, and an overflow hose.

Compost bins, valued at $100, will be available for the low price of $35, including tax. Rain barrels, valued at $120, will be available for the low price of $50, including tax. There is no limit on the amount of compost bins/rain barrels you may purchase at this event and both items will be sold on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. Cash, checks, or credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover) will be accepted and you do not need to be a Baltimore County resident to purchase a compost bin or rain barrel.

About Composting
Did you know that yard trimmings account for more than 13 percent of household waste? Composing at home can greatly reduce the amount of this material set out for collection.This is a big help for the environment (reduces pollution from collection truck activity) and the County's bottom line (reduces yard materials processing costs).

About Reusing Rainwater
Did you know that one inch of rain falling on a 1,000 square foot roof harvests up to 600 gallons of rainwater. Collecting and reusing rainwater is a great way to help the environment and your garden because rainwater is free from chlorine and other water treatment chemicals. Using a rain barrel reduces water pollution that can at times be caused by stormwater runoff.


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