Why Do You Need A Rain Barrel or Compost Bin? Join Kane County Monday Night to Find Out!

Why Do You Need A Rain Barrel or Compost Bin? Join Kane County Monday Night to Find Out!

Kane County Recycles and Clean Water for Kane are partnering with The Conservation Foundation in 2021 to provide affordable compost bins and rain barrels in a time-limited spring sale! Earth Machine Compost bins are available for $55, and UpCycle Rain Barrels are available for $60.

From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday (April 26, 2021), The Conservation Foundation and Kane County will be hosting a Zoom webinar to answer your questions about the program, products and pick up event.

Check out the details below and see the webinar sign up, where you’ll be able to ask questions and learn more about why you should compost and conserve water:

  • 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.
  • Pick up your pre-ordered bins and barrels at the Creek Bend Nature Center – LeRoy Oaks Forest Preserve (37W700 Dean St., St. Charles) 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.
  • Check out the flyer HERE

Why Conserve Water?

Save water that would otherwise be washed away as runoff: According to The Conservation Foundation, estimates indicate that a quarter-inch of rain falling on an average home yields over 200 gallons of water. Rain barrels are designed to capture that water from your roof that would otherwise be lost as runoff, seal it and store that water for another use such as watering your lawn or plants.

Even if you don’t have an intended use for the water, emptying the rain barrel after a storm reduces the rate and volume of stormwater the sewer system and our rivers and streams have to manage at a peak time.

Use cleaner water for your garden: Rainwater doesn’t contain chlorine, lime or calcium, which makes it ideal for watering your flowers and vegetable garden or washing your car or windows!

Save on utilities: You may even see a decrease in your water bill!

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. There will be 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’s Recycling and Stormwater webpages for more info on the Rain Barrel and Compost Bins sale.

Why Compost?

SOURCE: Kane County Environmental and Water Resources Department