Compost bins and rain barrels scheduled to go on sale

Compost bins and rain barrels scheduled to go on sale

POSTED: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 8:00am

UPDATED: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 8:04am

Compost bins that retail for $100 will be on sale for $30, and rain barrels that retail for $150 will be available for $45. Nature’s Best Organics will offer free mulch while supplies last (limit one scoop per pick-up truck or load-your-own container).

Baton Rouge residents can buy the bins and barrels, plus pick up some free mulch on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Memorial Stadium, located at 1702 Foss Street. Residents should enter the stadium from Scenic Highway.

Over one thousand compost bins and rain barrels will be available while supplies last in this city-subsidized program. The “Earth Machine” compost bin is made of black recycled plastic, has a 10.5-cubic foot capacity, a 10-year warranty, and fits easily into an average sized sedan. The “Systern” Rain Barrel has a 55-gallon capacity, is made of recycled plastic, and comes partially assembled. Residents who wish to purchase both a compost bin and rain barrel should bring a four-door sedan, pickup truck, SUV or hatchback.

According to City-Parish Recycling Director Susan Hamilton, the “Systern” rain barrel reduces household water bills and is an excellent, chemical-free water source for lawns, plants and gardens. The compost bin is also a good way to reduce curbside trash by about 30 percent.

During the December 7th event, the LSU Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners and the East Baton Rouge Parish Recycling Office will offer an Education Expo to teach residents how to use the compost bins, as well as how to practice grass cycling and mulching.

Please visit the Recycling Office website at for more information.

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