Order a compost bin or rain barrel now

Minneapolis home gardeners now have some affordable options to help the environment and save money. Residents can now order a $55 backyard compost bin (80 gallons) or $69 rain barrel (55 gallons). Order here. Supplies are limited, so order before May 24 to ensure a bin or barrel. People who place orders will pick up the bins and barrels on Saturday, June 8.

This spring, the City of Minneapolis is working with the Recycling Association of Minnesota to bring residents affordable rain barrels and compost bins. Rain barrels help conserve water and save money by watering with rain water instead of a faucet. They also help reduce storm water runoff, which can pollute waterways. Composting turns kitchen scraps and raked leaves into nourishing soil for gardening.

Residents will pick up their pre-ordered rain barrels or compost bins June 8 at a City of Minneapolis Public Works Facility, 3607 E. 44th St. (near Hiawatha Avenue).

These compost bins and rain barrels come with a 10-year warranty and are made of high-density plastic with up to 50 percent recycled content.

Want to see them for yourself? The Recycling Association of Minnesota has the rain barrels and compost bins on display at its education and resource center, 852B Lake Street East, Wayzata. The center is open to the public 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Published Apr 4, 2013