Welcome to the Spring 2022 Town of Bethlehem Compost Bin & Rain Barrel Sale!

We're excited to offer our Spring 2022 Community Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale. Backyard Composting is an excellent way to reduce trash going to landfills and allows you to make your own compost! Rain Barrels reduce water costs, keeps our water clean and provides a natural source of water for plants and gardens all while reducing that amount of pollutants that enter our storm drains.

Please explore our site to see what is being offered at this community sale. Because we are purchasing in bulk, we are able offer compost bins, rain barrels and accessories at reduced prices.

Orders must be placed by April 2nd, 2022 and picked up at the Elm Avenue Park Office Parking Lot during the pickup time slot on Sat., April 9th from 9AM - 1PM.

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Why Compost?

The Town of Bethlehem is excited to be offering this bulk composter sale, with educational support from Albany County Cooperative Extension. The goal of the program is to divert food scraps from the waste stream (up to 30% or more by weight is comprised of food scraps and compostable soiled paper and cardboard), and raise the awareness regarding the benefits of compost, which include 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:

Dan

"Composting substantially reduces landfill waste, enriches the soil, holds soil moisture (saving water by 25-30%!), helps prevent erosion, suppresses weed growth, reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, and offers a variety of other benefits. Healthy soils grow healthy food and plants!”

Dan Lilkas Rain
Town of Bethlehem Recycling Coordinator

Why Use a Rain Barrel?

Why Compost

There are several environmental benefits associated with rain barrels. Rain barrels reduce storm water runoff, water that does not soak into the ground and can transport many pollutants to our local waterways as well as cause erosion. By collecting rainwater for watering lawns, gardens, and potted plants and for washing off patio furniture and tools, rain barrels conserve water. From a gardening perspective, the natural nutrients in rain water make it far better than city tap water, which contains chlorine and fluoride. With a rain barrel, gardeners can minimize or eliminate their use of chemical fertilizers.

Rain barrel water should not be used to drink or bathe. And rain barrels should be emptied and stored throughout the winter months.