February 29, 2024 Baltimore County

TOWSON – Baltimore County is hosting online pre-order sale for compost bins and rain barrels to enable residents to celebrate Earth Day (April 22) through the sustainable practices of home composting and rainwater reuse.

Compost bins are available for $55 each and rain barrels are available for $65 each. Prices include tax. This sale is not limited to residents of Baltimore County.

Products can be ordered at baltimore.enviroworld.us. Pre-orders are open until Friday, April 12.

All orders must be picked up on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) -Essex Campus, 7201 Rossville Boulevard, Lot 7. Please bring receipt of purchase.

Compost bins and rain barrels are shipped in one piece and will fit in most cars. Please plan accordingly for the products you purchase. Distribution will occur rain or shine. All orders are taken online only. There will be no purchases available at the distribution location.

Baltimore County now allows some food scraps to be used in backyard composting. Visit the County’s composting page for more information and to see a list of prohibited food items.

Through decomposition, composting converts food scraps and yard materials into a rich soil-enhancing material called humus. When this material is mixed with the soil in your gardens or on your lawn, it returns nutrients such as phosphorus, potassium, nitrogen and many trace minerals that are beneficial for plant health and growth. Using compost also helps increase water retention in sandy soils and aids drainage in heavy and clay soils.

Collecting and reusing rainwater is a great way to help the environment and your garden because rainwater is free from chlorine and other water treatment chemicals. Using a rain barrel reduces water pollution that can at times be caused by stormwater runoff.

For more information, residents may visit the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website or call 410-887-2000.