From Westchester County:
County Executive George Latimer is excited to announce the Summer 2022 Westchester County Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “We are constantly looking at ways to provide services to County residents that will have a long term benefit on multiple 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 Westchester residents to take advantage of them.”
The County is selling compost bins and kits, rain barrels, and other accessories at a wholesale cost to the public. For the first sale orders must be placed by July 8 and picked up on July 9 at one of two locations:
- 9a.m. – 11a.m.: Glenwood Lake, New Rochelle, NY 10801 (at Lakeside Drive and Glenwood Ave)
- 12p.m. – 2:30p.m.: The Household Material Recovery Facility and CompostED education center at 15 Woods Road, Valhalla, NY 10595.
For more information about the sale and to place an order, please visit: https://westchester.compostersale.com/
The bi-annual bin sales provide Westchester County residents with the tools they need to compost in their own backyards. Backyard composting prevents food scraps from going to the incinerator by turning them into nutrient-rich compost that enhances soil and plant health.
Rain barrels provide a natural source of water for plants and gardens while helping to reduce water costs for the residents and the municipalities and the county. There are several other accoutrements to the barrels and bins also being sold with further opportunities to purchase taking place in the fall.
Already in Westchester County, several municipalities manage volunteer Food Scrap Recycling Programs coinciding with the County’s Residential Food Scrap Transportation & Disposal program, which collect residential food scraps and turn them into compost. This sale will provide County residents with another sustainable way to manage their food scraps and boost the health of their gardens and yards without any of the transportation financial and environmental costs.
Westchester County Director of Energy Conservation and Sustainability Peter McCartt said: “Over the last 4 years the County had partnered with some of the region’s nature centers but they have dropped the program and we are taking it on again after 12 years. I bought my first compost bin from the County 17 years ago and I am so happy to be reinstating this program for all the residents. Creating black gold, as compost is called, is one of the most beneficial actions you can take for your garden and yard. And rain barrels are great, I have two of them filled up right now from all the rain over the last couple weeks. Mother Nature’s own water is the best for your veggies and plantings and this helps to mitigate local flooding during rain events.”
About Westchester County
Westchester County, located in the heart of the historic Hudson Valley, covers 500 square miles and has a population of just over one million people. Originally home to Native Americans, who were members of the Lenape tribe, it is today a rich mix of many cultures and landscapes. The County is a blend of bustling cities, quaint villages and picturesque towns as well as open spaces and a network of beautiful parks. Westchester is made up of 6 cities, 19 towns and 20 villages. Westchester County is known for top-notch public schools, and a high quality of life. The County is also an intellectual capital, boasting a highly educated workforce, competitive colleges and universities, Fortune 500 companies, world changing non-profits, and cutting-edge research centers. Westchester is led by County Executive George Latimer, who took office in January 2018 as the ninth County Executive. Using inclusion and openness as a foreground, Latimer is fighting to make Westchester a destination for all people to live, work and enjoy. Learn more about Westchester County by visiting www.westchestergov.com