You can buy compost bins and rain barrels at wholesale prices during a sale being held by Erie County in partnership with the Western New York Storm water Coalition, the City of Buffalo and the Town of Wheatfield.
The deadline to order is Friday, May 3.
You will pick up your order at one of two locations: the City of Buffalo Engineering Garage, 1120 Seneca St., Buffalo, or the Town of Wheatfield Town Hall, 2800 Church Rd., North Tonawanda. The pick-up times are 4:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 15 and 16, and 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 18. When you order, you will select the location where you will pick up your items, and you will select the exact time and date when you will pick up your items.
You’ll also find items from previous years, such as the simple and reliable Earth Machine Backyard Compost Bin.
For more information, call the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning at 716-858-6370 or email Mary.MacSwan@erie.gov.
Why you should use composters & rain barrels
Rain barrels can provide a handy source of water for your garden. By using harvested rainwater for watering lawns, gardens and potted plants as well as for washing off patio furniture and tools, rain barrels conserve water.
Rain barrels also reduce stormwater runoff. Runoff is water that doesn’t soak in to the ground during a rainfall. Runoff can transport many pollutants to our local waterways, so the use of rain barrels can help keep our water clean.
Composting yard trimmings and food waste is a simple way to recycle nutrients and return them to the soil. The addition of compost enriches soil and will stimulate plant growth, thereby reducing the need for chemical fertilizers. Composting has the added benefit of reducing the amount of solid waste that might otherwise go to a landfill.