Grow green! Frederick County Recycling is accepting on-line orders through Friday, April 13 for discounted rain barrels and compost bins.
Recycled plastic 55-gallon barrels are $60 and compost bins sell for $50 each and may be obtained on the county website at www.fcrecycles.net. Thermometers, compost turners, screens and kitchen scrap buckets are also available.
Units will be distributed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sat., April 21 at the Clear Brook Citizens’ Convenience Site, 171 Community Drive, just behind the ballfields at Clear Brook Park.
“The county has experienced two unusually dry winters,” said Gloria Puffinburger, solid waste manager. “With just a single 55-gallon barrel, the average homeowner can capture about 1,300 gallons of water during a growing season, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A rain barrel gives area gardeners the opportunity to conserve a valuable natural resource at an affordable price,” she said. “Plants and lawns actually prefer rainwater to treated water. Rain barrels lessen the demand on our central water supply, save money and protect wells during dry, summer months.”
Barrels come ready for setup with an insect screen, overflow hose, faucet and instructions. Eleven-cubic-foot-bins also come complete with easy setup instructions and composting tips.
Those preferring to order by mail should send a check made payable to “Enviroworld,” to Frederick County Recycling, 107 N. Kent St., Winchester, VA 22601. Check must be received no later than Tues., April 10. Include a daytime phone number.