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Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale

2021 Online Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale

The County’s compost bin and rain barrel sale will return this year; however, there will be significant changes from previous years’ events.

The sale will be held online, with pre-orders accepted from Monday, February 1, through Wednesday, March 31. Visit the County's Enviro World sale page after February 1 to place an order.

Compost bins, valued at $100, will be available for sale at $45 each. Rain barrels, valued at $120, will be available for sale at $55 each. There is a $15 flat rate delivery charge per order, and both prices include tax. These are the lowest prices you will find in Maryland for these items this year. This sale is not limited to residents of Baltimore County.

All orders will be delivered to customers between March 15 and April 30, 2021. The delivery agents will follow physical distancing protocols and orders will be delivered to the driveway or front door area of an address.

Find more information about home composting from Baltimore County.

Notification of Future Events

Subscribers to the Bureau of Solid Waste Management's email list at will be notified of future compost bin and rain barrel sales. Residents subscribed to the list will also receive the Bureau's monthly e-newsletter, The Resource.

About Composting

Did you know that yard trimmings account for more than 13 percent of household waste? Composting at home can greatly reduce the amount of this material set out for collection. This is a big help for the environment (reduces pollution from collection truck activity) and the County's bottom line (reduces yard materials processing costs).

About Reusing Rainwater

Did you know that one inch of rain falling on a 1,000-square-foot roof harvests up to 600 gallons of rainwater? 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.

Revised January 29, 2021         


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