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2024 Rain Barrel & Compost Bin Sale!
Erie County, in partnership with the Western NY Stormwater Coalition, is excited to again offer area residents discounted Rain Barrels and Compost Bins. Orders must be placed by April 15th. Pick-up date is April 27th at the Boulevard Mall parking lot at the southeast corner of Niagara Falls Boulevard and Maple Rd, Amherst, NY
The rain barrels, compost bins and accessories are significantly discounted this year because several grants were obtained to subsidize sales and the volume we expect to be sold has reduced our unit pricing.
There is one subsidy remaining for 75% off the price of rain barrels only if you live in the following municipalities: Cheektowaga, Grand Island, Kenmore, Sloan, Niagara Falls, and Village of Lewiston. Funded by a grant provided by the Environmental Protection Fund as administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Limit 2 per household. If you live in a municipality listed above: you live in a 75% off municipality, when adding the item to your car select the town you live in.
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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.
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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.