County Announces Restoration of County Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sales

County Manager George Latimer is delighted to announce the sale of Westchester County Compost Bins and Rain Barrels for summer 2022.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, “We are constantly looking for ways to provide services to county residents that will have a long-term benefit on many fronts. This is one of those programs. We have undertaken serious efforts to provide opportunities to protect our environment on both a large and small scale and I encourage residents of Westchester to take advantage of them.

The county sells compost bins and kits, rain barrels and other accessories at a wholesale price to the public. For the first sale, orders must be placed by July 8 and picked up July 9 at one of two locations:

  1. 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Glenwood Lake, New Rochelle, NY 10801 (at Lakeside Drive and Glenwood Ave)
  2. 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Household Materials Recovery Center and CompostED Education Center at 15 Woods Road, Valhalla, NY 10595.

For more information on the sale and to place an order, please visit: https://westchester.compostersale.com/

Semi-annual bin sales provide Westchester County residents with the tools they need to compost in their own backyards. Home composting keeps food scraps from going to the incinerator by turning them into nutrient-rich compost that improves soil and plant health.

Rain barrels provide a natural source of water for plants and gardens while helping to reduce water costs for residents, municipalities and the county. There are several other accessories for barrels and bins also being sold with more buying opportunities happening in the fall.

Already in Westchester County, several municipalities run voluntary food waste recycling programs that coincide with the county’s Residential Food Waste Haul and Disposal Program, which collects residential food scraps and turns them into compost. This sale will provide county residents with another sustainable way to manage their food scraps and improve the health of their gardens and yards without any of the financial and environmental costs of transportation.

Westchester County’s Director of Energy Conservation and Sustainability, Peter McCartt, said, “Over the past 4 years the county has partnered with some of the nature centers in the area, but they dropped the program and we are taking it back after 12 years. I purchased my first county compost bin 17 years ago and am so happy to be reinstating this program for all residents. Creating black gold, as compost is called, is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your garden and yard. And the rain barrels are great, I have two filled right now from all the rain for the past two weeks. Mother Nature’s water is best for your vegetables and crops, helping to mitigate local flooding during rains.

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