Below is information directly from the Baltimore County Deptartment of Public Works Website. I know every-year people get very excited about this event, and it always sells out, so make sure to get there early!
Compost Bin & Rain Barrel Sale
On Saturday, April 30, 2011, Baltimore County will host a joint compost bin and rain barrel sale. The sale will be held on the auxiliary parking lot of THE AVENUE at White Marsh, 8125 Honeygo Blvd (behind the movie theater across Town Center Drive). This sale will be a one-day event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. Compost bins and rain barrels will be sold on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.
The compost bin for sale is once again The Earth MachineTM, made from recycled plastic with an 80-gallon capacity, easy snap together assembly, and a ten-year warranty.
The rain barrel for sale is once again the Systern Rain Barrel. The Systern Rain Barrel is made from recycled plastic with a 55-gallon capacity, a mosquito mesh to keep bugs and debris out, and a five-year warranty. It also comes with installation instructions, spigot, screws, and an overflow hose.
Compost bins, valued at $100, will be available for the low price of $35, including tax. Rain barrels, valued at $120, will be available for the low price of $50, including tax. There is no limit on the amount of compost bins/rain barrels you may purchase at this event and both items will be sold on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. Cash, checks, or credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover) will be accepted and you do not need to be a Baltimore County resident to purchase a compost bin or rain barrel.
The average household that composts can reduce the amount of yard materials set out for collection by approximately 600 pounds annually. This is a big help for the environment (reduces pollution from collection truck activity) and the County's bottom line (reduces yard materials processing costs).
About Reusing Rainwater
Collecting and reusing rainwater is a great way to help the environment and your garden because rainwater is free from chlorine and other water treatment chemicals. Using a rain barrel reduces water pollution that can at times be caused by stormwater runoff.
This sale will be a joint effort hosted by Baltimore County's Department of Public Works (DPW), Bureau of Solid Waste Management, and the Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS).