Compost bin and rain barrel orders due to DNREC May 31

Both available only for pickup, must be ordered in advance
March 18, 2020

Sussex County residents may preorder environmentally beneficial compost bins and rain barrels at discount prices during an online sale ending in May.

The items are made available by DNREC’s Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances, in conjunction with the Division of Watershed Stewardship, and advance purchases must be made at before Sunday, May 31.

Pickup date is Saturday, June 6, at the DNREC Lewes field facility, 901 Pilottown Road, Lewes.

The FreeGarden Earth compost bins, offered through DNREC for $50 each, are made from recycled materials and require no assembly. Compost bins have features that enhance the decomposition process and help make composting more efficient. These compact units transform food scraps and yard waste into a nutrient-rich soil amendment that replaces traditional fertilizers to produce healthier plants and vegetables in home gardens.

The 55-gallon FreeGarden Rain barrels made available by DNREC at $60 each, or about half the retail price, are attractive and easy to move, install and use. They come with an insect-resistant stainless-steel screen, three additional spigot mounting locations, a childproof lid and a square shape ideal for flush-to-wall and corner installations.

Rain barrels collect and store water from roofs and downspouts for future uses such as watering lawns, gardens and house plants; cleaning off gardening tools; and washing the car. Rain barrels help lower water bills, particularly in the summer months, by collecting free water each year. Rain barrels play an important role in protecting water resources by collecting the stormwater runoff from homes before it reaches local streams and rivers.

Compost bins and rain barrels must be picked up between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the chosen location, and only items ordered will be available. No additional bins, barrels or accessories will be sold at the pickup locations.


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