Buy rain barrels, compost bins at reduced price; order by July 31 for pick-up in August

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Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

Rain barrels and compost are both great for your garden and can help the environment.

Erie County, with other sponsors, is selling compost bins and rain barrels at a reduced price.

You don’t have to live in Erie County to order.

You must order the items by July 31 for pick-up in Tonawanda in August.

If you live in Chautauqua County, you can arrange to pick up your order either in Tonawanda or at Sanfilippo Solutions, Inc., 19 E Main St., Frewsburg. When the items arrive, you’ll be contacted by the folks in Chautauqua County to see where you’d like to pick up your items.

A SYSTERN rain barrel is $53.40 and an Earth Machine composter is $42, tax included. The units should fit into the backseat of most cars.

To order, fill out the order form and mail your check and the form to the address on the form.

For more information, contact Gary Carrel at or 858-4805.

The sale is sponsored by the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, the Town of Tonawanda Environment Commission, the Western New York Stormwater Coalition, the Northeast Southtowns Solid Waste Management Board, the Northwest Communities Solid Waste Management Board and Keep Western New York Beautiful.

5 Comments on “Buy rain barrels, compost bins at reduced price; order by July 31 for pick-up in August

  1. I called the City of Niagara Falls and they said rain barrels are allowed. No one had heard of any ordinance against it. I talked to someone in information, who transferred me to code enforcement, who talked to the plumbing inspectors who said you can have rain barrels. I’ve never heard anyone in Erie County saying rain barrels aren’t allowed.

  2. If Erie county is sponsoring it does that mean anyone in Erie county can do it? The previous poster mentioned it not being allowed where she lives. Perhaps times are finally changing?

  3. Good to know. I always wanted a rain barrel, but our city does not allow gutters to feed into them unless the ordinance was changed.

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