Welcome to the Erie/Niagara County Earth Day Rain Barrel & Compost Bin Sale!
Erie County, in partnership with the Western NY Stormwater Coalition, will have a Spring 2022 sale.
Please explore our site to see what will be offered at this community sale. Because we are purchasing in bulk, we are able offer compost bins, rain barrels and accessories at reduced prices.
Composting in the news
Celebrating 30 Years
Organic waste comprises 30 percent of the household trash going into landfills and incinerators, where it has no chance to decompose and offers very little BTU value. Homeowners who compost not only extend the life of our landfills and reduce the cost of collecting household garbage, but also recycle the nutrients in organic waste to create a valuable soil amendment for their gardens.
We want to encourage backyard composting so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of improving or maintaining high-quality soil, growing healthy plants, reducing the use of fertilizer and pesticides, improving water quality, and protecting the environment. By adding compost you can conserve water and help improve soil to help hold water in the root zone.
Want to learn more? Check out this cool video:
Why Use a Rain Barrel?
There are several environmental benefits associated with rain barrels. Foremost, rain barrels reduce stormwater runoff - this is water that does not soak in to the ground and can transport many pollutants directly to our local waterways untreated. By using harvested rainwater for watering lawns, gardens, potted plants and for washing off patio furniture and tools, rain barrels conserve water. From a gardening perspective, the natural nutrients in rainwater make it far better than tap water, which has chlorine and fluoride in it. With a rain barrel, gardeners can minimize or eliminate their use of chemical fertilizers.