Bin & Barrel Sale!

May 5, 2011 at 10:24 am Leave a comment

If you’ve ever fancied starting a home compost or using a rain barrel, now is your chance! This Saturday, May 7th the City of Madison and Dane County will have home compost bins and rain barrels on sale at the Alliant Energy Center. Click here for more information about the event, including prices and directions. The website also has lots of useful how-to and workshop information.

Composting has a wide variety of environmental benefits. On top of reducing household waste (according to the EPA composting site, “yard trimmings and food residuals together constitute 23 percent of the U.S. waste stream”) and keeping your garbage odor-free, composted soil can help prevent pollution and clean-up already contaminated soil. Avid gardeners will already know that using the nutrient rich soil from composts can simultaneously increase the health of your yard while decreasing the need for fertilizers. Sounds like a win-win!

Rain barrels are just as wonderful for yards and gardens. Water collected in rain barrels is better for plants because it contains none of the added minerals found in tap water. Collecting the water that falls on your roof can also help reduce basement flooding and it keeps run-off from flooding sewers. Additionally, using rain water to irrigate our yards can drastically decrease our consumption of that precious resource we all depend on– water!

If any of the above interests you we hope to see you at the Alliant Energy Center this Saturday, where you can get a great start on reducing your eco-footprint and improving the health of your yard.

-Dorothy, EnAct Intern

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