Baltimore County wants its residents to start making better use of tools such as compost bins and rain barrels, and, next weekend, it's making access to those household recycling tools even easier.
"The goal here is, one, to try and encourage people to take on these activities," said Clyde Trombetti, a public information specialist at the county's Bureau of Solid Waste Management. "That is why we're involved in this annual event."
On Saturday, April 25, in White Marsh and Sunday, April 26, in Owings Mills, the county will again host truckload sales of both items from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., according to a release.
The sale will kick off in the parking lot behind A.C. Moore on The Avenue, 8125 Honeygo Boulevard with sales on a first-come, first-served basis.
The stadium parking lot at Stevenson University will be the site for the second day of the event. Both events will be held rain or shine.
The county has been hosting regular compost bin sales for about 18 years, said Trombetti. Four years ago, rain barrels were added to the list of items for sale.
Last year, 750 rain barrels were sold, along with 608 compost bins, he said.
Rain barrels valued at $120, will be on sale for $50 and compost bins, usually sold for $100, will sell for $35, according to the county. Cash, checks and Visa or Mastercard credit cards will be accepted.
Rain barrels reduce stormwater runoff by collecting the rainwater from the roof of a house that otherwise would flow into storm drains and streams, collecting pollutants along the way, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
The EPA estimates that homeowners can save 1,300 gallons of water in summer months by using the water collected to water lawns, wash cars or top-off swimming pools.
Compost bins collect material that might be thrown away by most homeowners, including lawn clippings and leaves. Combined with water, it will create a nutrient-rich natural fertilizer for landscaping and lawn maintenance, according to the EPA.
"These products enable residents to celebrate Earth Day (April 22) through the sustainable practices of home composting and rainwater reuse," read a statement from the county.
The initiative is part of a joint effort by the Baltimore County Department of Public Works, Bureau of Solid Waste Management and the Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability.