POSTED: Friday, November 30, 2012 - 9:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, November 30, 2012 - 9:04pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — Baton Rouge residents can buy a discounted backyard compost bin or rain barrel, plus pick up some free mulch on Saturday, December 1, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Stadium, located at 1702 Foss Street. Residents should enter the stadium from Scenic Highway.
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, one scoop per pick-up truck or load-your-own container, while supplies last.
A total of 1,300 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.
City-Parish Recycling Director Susan Hamilton said that a family can produce up to 1,000 pounds of yard waste annually.
“Keeping yard waste off the curb through composting, grass cycling, and mulching saves landfill space, valuable resources, and money,” Hamilton said. “In as little as 10 minutes a week, residents can convert leaves and grass into an abundant supply of organic matter for use in gardens, as well as reduce their curbside trash output by 30 percent and their gardening water bills by up to 30 percent.”
According to Hamilton, the “Systern” rain barrel also reduces household water bills and is an excellent, chemical-free water source for lawns, plants and gardens.
During the December 1 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.
ExxonMobil ExC!TE volunteers will be on hand to distribute the bins and barrels, and AT&T Pioneers will act as cashiers.
Sponsors and partners for this event are the City-Parish Public Works Department and Recycling Office, Baton Rouge Police Department’s Traffic Division, the Baton Rouge City Constable’s Office, ExxonMobil ExC!TE, Nature’s Best Organics/Natural Resources Recovery Inc., the Recycling Foundation of Baton Rouge, The Advocate, LSU Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, Baton Rouge Coca Cola Bottling Company, the AT&T Pioneers, and the East Baton Rouge Recreation and Park Commission.
NO HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE OR ELECTRONIC WASTE WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THIS EVENT.
Please visit the Recycling Office website at www.brgov.com/recycle  for more information.