Composting and Rain Barrel Sales and How-To
Purchase a Compost Bin or Rain Barrel
Rain Barrels: $60.00 (a $150 value)
Compost Bins: $50.00 (a $100 value)
- 11 cubic foot / 311 liter capacity
- Kitchen Scrap Pail: $10.00
- Compost Aerator: $15.00
- Compost Thermometer: $15.00
There are limited quantities. Products are made from recycled content.
Taxes are included in the price.
SWALCO often has bins and barrels for sale year-round, however supply is not guaranteed. Please email or call 847.336.9340 for more information.
SAVE THE DATE...May 9th, 2015.
The details are finalized for our annual rain barrel and compost bins sale! Lake County Forest Preserves will also be hosting their annual Native Plant Sale on this date. Please visit the Lake County Forest Preserves website for additional details.
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How To Compost
Composting is nature’s way of recycling. It has been going on since the beginning of time. Composting is the biological process of breaking down organic waste such as food waste, manure, leaves, grass trimmings, paper, worms, coffee grounds and other materials into an extremely useful substance by various micro-organisms including bacteria, fungi and fungus-like bacteria called actinomycetes in the presence of oxygen.
Today, the use of composting to turn organic wastes into a valuable resource is expanding rapidly around the world, as landfill space becomes scarce and expensive, and as people become more aware of the value of compost and the impact they have on the environment. It’s also a great way to save money on plant foods and fertilizers and can make a real difference in your garden and harvest.
Be sure to check out our "How To Compost: Ingredients, Tips, and Resources" page.
Currently, there is a state-wide ban on disposing of yard waste (e.g. grass clippings, leaves, etc.) in landfills. Many municipalities offer curbside pick-up of yard waste (check with your local village or city hall to find out what’s available.) If this type of service is not available, there are several compost facilities in Lake County that you can contact for further information. You can also check in the Where Should My Stuff Go?: Recycle and Redirect Guide for more information about managing yard waste.
Composting at home has many benefits:
- It improves soil structure and increases nutrient content in the soil. You dispose of less material while making a rich mulch and food, often called “black gold”, for your plants!
- Using compost helps to ward off plant diseases
- It provides a great water holding capacity
- And many others, including lower utility bills.
A rain barrel connected to your downspout is a great way to keep stormwater out of the system and to cut down your water bill! Because you are collecting right off the roof, it has few contaminants and is perfect for watering the garden.
Diverting water from your downspout into rainwater catchment systems has several advantages:
- Helps recharge the water supply
- Lowers the percentage of roof top rainfall as a component of urban runoff
- Saves money by lowering your water bill
- Reduces the volume of water flowing to the sewer treatment facilities
- Backup source of water during times of drought or between rain showers
- Helps keep our creeks, lakes and beaches clean
- Naturally softened water - great for delicate houseplants, auto cleaning and window washing
- Reduces the need for additional tax dollars earmarked for sewer expansion
- Chlorine-free water helps maintain a healthy biotic community in the soil
- Education tool for teaching residents about water conservation
Using rain barrels, practicing backyard composting, and planting native species are all sustainable and environmentally sound practices that will not only be good for your pocket book, but for your home, community, and beyond. There are many wonderful benefits, including:
- Using rain barrels reuses stormwater from rooftops and diverts water from storm drains, decreasing the impact of runoff to streams and minimizing sewer overflows during heavy rainfall.
- In addition to creating a nutrient-rich soil for yards and gardens, composting at home means residents will dispose of less material in their waste, diverting a large percentage of materials from our landfills. Compost can also reduce the amount of water needed and helps improve resistance to both plant diseases and insect pests.
- Planting native species in your yard can reduce the amount of water needed for gardens and can eliminate the need for fertilizers and chemicals. Native plans also support local wildlife by providing food, water, and shelter to songbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators as well as other native wildlife.