Composting bins for sale this weekend
For the first time ever, Baltimore County will host a two-day truckload compost bin sale on Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Saturday sale will be held in the parking lot of IKEA Baltimore in White Marsh, 8352 Honeygo Boulevard (across from White Marsh Town Center).
The Sunday sale will be held in the parking lot of Franklin High School in Reisterstown, 12000 Reisterstown Road.
Both sales are rain or shine. The bins, valued at $100, will be available for the low price of $35 including tax. There is no limit on the number of bins you may purchase at this event and they will be sold on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. Both cash and checks are accepted (no credit or debit cards) and you do not need to be a Baltimore County resident to purchase a bin.
The bins come in two pieces and can fit in almost any vehicle. When assembled, the bins are 33 inches in diameter and 33 inches tall.
Composting is "nature's recycling program." Organic material (grass, leaves, bush trimmings, etc.) decompose into a rich soil enhancing material called humus. This material can be used to enrich the soil throughout your yard, reducing the need for fertilizer.
Composting your yard materials is much better for you and the environment than bagging them and placing them out for a collector to haul away. The average yard can produce more than 600 pounds of yard materials per year.
Though it is not necessary to use a commercial bin to compost, many people prefer the look of a bin compared to an open pile. Bins also provide additional benefits over open piles such as moisture retention and higher temperature.