January 27, 2021 - Carroll County Government Office of Recycling Operations is holding a rain barrel and compost bin pre-order sale.  Order deadline is April 18, 2021, at  www.enviroworld.us/carrollcountymd.

Rain barrels and compost bins must be picked up on April 24, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carroll County Office Building, 225 N. Center Street, Westminster, Maryland.  Items will not be available for pick up after this date and cannot be purchased there.

This pre-order sale features the FreeGarden™ RAIN rain barrel at $60 and the FreeGarden™ EARTH compost bin at $50, affordable, attractive, and easy to use products that make home composting and waste diversion simple. Also available for pre-order are compost thermometers $15, compost turners $15 and kitchen collector containers $10.  Rain barrel and compost bin use provide methods for homeowners to care for their lawns and gardens that are efficient, cost-effective, and beneficial for the environment. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, outdoor water use can be as much as 40% of total domestic water demand during the summer months. Using a rain barrel can reduce this demand, preserve a natural resource, and save homeowners money on water bills. Compost bins turn organic kitchen and yard waste into a nutrient-rich soil amendment that replaces traditional fertilizers to produce gardens with bigger, healthier plants and vegetables.

The environment benefits from the use of rain barrels and compost bins in numerous ways. Rain barrels divert water from storm drains, decreasing the impact of runoff to streams and minimizing sewer overflows during heavy rainfalls. Composting diverts organic material from the trash can to the compost bin, and reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, and diverts kitchen waste that would otherwise go to the landfill.

Do your part by pre-ordering your own rain barrel and compost bin online at www.enviroworld.us/carrollcountymd by April 18, 2021.  For more information, contact the Carroll County Government Office of Recycling Operations at 410-386-2510.