Welcome to the Fall 2022 Capital District Compost Bin & Rain Barrel Sale!
We're excited to offer our Fall 2022 Community Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale. Backyard Composting is an excellent way to reduce trash going to landfills and allows you to make your own compost! Rain Barrels reduce water costs, keep our water clean and provide a natural source of water for plants and gardens all while reducing the amount of pollutants that enter our storm drains.
Please explore our site to see what is being offered at this community sale. Because we are purchasing in bulk, we are able to offer compost bins, rain barrels, and accessories at reduced prices.
Orders must be placed by October, 7th and picked up Saturday, October, 8th at your selected location:
Schenectady Sustainable Living Center (in Central Park): 180 PTL Arthur Chaires Ln, Schenectady, NY 12309
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Composting is a great way to reduce the amount of organic waste going into landfills which negatively contributes to climate change. Composting can save money and resources by reducing your trash. The result is a healthier earth, no more smelly garbage and free nutrient rich soil. Food and other organic waste in our trash constitutes up to 40% of the waste stream. Food waste that decomposes in a landfill creates methane, a greenhouse gas which at most landfills is released directly into the atmosphere through vents. Methane is more potent than carbon dioxide as a warming greenhouse gas, and contributes to climate change.
Composting is easy to do and has many benefits. By tossing in your food scraps (veggies, grains, fruits) with an equal or greater amount of brown organics (leaves, twigs, dried grass, etc.), rich compost is created. Using compost on your yard and gardens returns valuable nutrients to the soil, helping recharge and maintain soil quality. Naturally fertilizing plants with compost replaces the need for harmful fertilizers and chemicals. Everyone has food scraps and by composting organic waste you can make a difference.
Order your compost bin today and start composting! For more information about backyard composting, please refer to the Composting link on the Zero Waste Capital District website at ZeroWasteCD.org or How To Compost & Reduce Landfill Waste | Town of Queensbury NY.
Why Use a Rain Barrel?
There are several environmental benefits associated with rain barrels. Rain barrels reduce storm water runoff, water that does not soak into the ground and can transport many pollutants to our local waterways as well as cause erosion. By collecting rainwater for watering lawns, gardens, and potted plants and for washing off patio furniture and tools, rain barrels conserve water. From a gardening perspective, the natural nutrients in rain water make it far better than city tap water, which contains chlorine and fluoride. With a rain barrel, gardeners can minimize or eliminate their use of chemical fertilizers.
Rain barrel water should not be used to drink or bathe. And rain barrels should be emptied and stored throughout the winter months.