Westminster, MD, Thursday, February 29, 2024 - Carroll County Government Office of Recycling Operations is currently holding an online rain barrel and compost bin sales event.  Orders can now be placed at www.enviroworld.us/carrollcountymd.  Order deadline is April 17, 2024. Due to the order process, there are no exceptions to this date.

Rain barrels and compost bins must be picked up on April 27, 2024, 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. The items cannot be purchased during this pickup event.

This pre-order sale features the FreeGarden™ RAIN rain barrel at $70 and the FreeGarden™ EARTH compost bin at $60, affordable, attractive, and easy-to-use products that make home composting and waste diversion simple. Also available for pre-order are compost turners for $15, compost thermometers for $20, and kitchen collector containers for $12. 

Rain barrels and compost bins 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 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-producing 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, reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, and diverts kitchen waste that would otherwise go to the landfill.

Do your part by pre-ordering a rain barrel and compost bin online at www.enviroworld.us/carrollcountymd by April 17, 2024.  For more information, contact the Carroll County Government Office of Recycling Operations at 410-386-2510.