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Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale
From Baltimore County:
Compost bins, valued at $100, will be available for sale at $35.00 including tax. Rain barrels, valued at $120, will be available for sale at $50.00 including tax. Cash, checks, and credit cards (Visa or MasterCard) will be accepted. The sale is rain or shine and all items will be available on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.
Compost bins are shipped in two pieces and fit in all cars. Rain barrels are shipped in one piece and fit in most cars. Please plan accordingly for the products you intend to purchase.
Through decomposition, composting converts yard materials (grass, leaves, and small brush) 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. Another benefit of composting is that it reduces the need for additional fertilization, lessening nutrient run-off harmful to the Chesapeake Bay. 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.
This sale will be a joint effort hosted by Baltimore County's Department of Public Works, Bureau of Solid Waste Management, and the Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability.
For further information about this event, please visit the Bureau of Solid Waste Management's web site at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/recycling or call the Bureau's customer service line at 410-887-2000.
More About Carver Center for Arts and Technology
The Carver Center, a nationally recognized magnet high school, offers programs for gifted and talented students in a variety of fields from vocal music and acting to carpentry and cosmetology. The school has a stringent admission policy. Students from around the county must audition in their chosen field. The York Road campus is in the middle of a massive transformation as crews work to build the new Carver Center to replace the older, overcrowded building, a former vocational school and junior high school. The new building will open in 2012.