Countdown to Earth Day: Get Your Affordable Compost Bins, Rain Barrels This Spring

Countdown to Earth Day: Get Your Affordable Compost Bins, Rain Barrels This Spring

  • The Kane County Board Energy And Environmental Committee, Kane County Division of Environmental and Water Resources and Kane County Connects are teaming up for a “Count Down to Earth Day” series celebrating the success stories and spotlighting the environmental challenges we face right here, right now in Kane County, IL. Today’s essay is written by Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland.

Kane County has provided subsidized-cost compost bins for sale through the University of Illinois Extension office for many years. However, that program has been discontinued at this time because wholesale cost of bins has risen so much that it is the same price to order them online yourselves.

That said, Kane County Recycles is partnering with the Conservation Foundation in 2021 to provide an alternative option for a $55 Earth Machine compost bin and a $60 UpCycle rain barrel for you during this time-limited spring sale.

Check out the details below, and see the sale and webinar flyer HERE.

Here’s How It Works

  • Order NOW! Bins and barrels are available for a limited time. Please pre-order here before May 8, 2021.​
  • Cost: Rain barrels are $60 each and the compost bins are $55 each.
  • Attend the (optional) informational webinar at 7 p.m. Monday, April 26, to learn how to create an environmentally-friendly yard with the benefits of using a rain barrel and compost bin. Register here. See more info on Page 2 of the flyer.
  • Pick up your pre-ordered bins and barrels at the Creek Bend Nature Center – LeRoy Oaks Forest Preserve (37W700 Dean Street, St. Charles, IL 60175) from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 18.
  • Home delivery is also available for an additional $18.50. With increased delivery fee this year, we recommend residents take full advantage of the local sale and pick-up opportunity.

​Why Compost?

Composting is a key to our waste reduction efforts, and when we compost instead of landfill our food scraps, we are reducing greenhouse gas emissions and returning nutrients to the soil where they belong. There are many benefits to composting.

It’s earth-friendly:  Food scraps and yard waste make up the largest portion of the waste stream. Making compost keeps these materials out of landfills, where they take up precious space and release methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere.

It benefits your yard:  Compost improves soil structure and texture, increases the soil’s ability to hold both water and air, improves soil fertility, and stimulates healthy root development in plants.

It’s easy:  You can start with just leaves and grass, then work your way towards composting your food scraps. Refer to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s compost guidance for a quick look at why it is important to compost and how to compost in your backyard.

It saves money:   Adding compost to your garden can reduce or eliminate the need to buy chemical fertilizers or compost. If you pay for yard waste collection bags or stickers, composting will cut your costs.


To learn more about rain barrels, compost bins, and backyard stormwater management, join us for a Conservation@Home Webinar at 7 p.m. Monday, April 26, via zoom.

Speaker Jim Kleinwachter, Conservation@Home program manager, will share backyard practices that can help you deal with stormwater, take advantage of spring rain, and support a healthy environment in the process. With time to ask him any questions you have!

Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland and Kane County Resource Management Coordinator Ivy Klee will also provide updates on Kane County sustainability programs and local resources.

Register for the webinar here.

Please see Kane County Recycles webpage for more info on the Rain Barrel and Compost Bins sale.

Read The Countdown To Earth Day Series