Spring is almost here and that means it’s time to quench your thirst for gardening at the City of Madison Compost Bin And Rain Barrel Sale. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, May 3rd at the Alliant Energy Center parking lot. Pre-ordered rain barrels and compost bins are available in three different colors, brown, tan and gray. Each rain barrel includes a downspout diverter and the standard rain barrel holds 50 gallons of rainwater. Larger systems can hold 200 gallons per downspout which can fill-up surprising quickly. Just ½ inch of rain on a 1000 square roof space produces 300 gallons of harvestable rainwater. For larger systems and homeowners with less time, installation services are also available. Rainwater harvesting and backyard composting are important individual actions to protect Madison area waterways. It is estimated that over 8,000 homes in Madison already have rain barrels or compost bins. As part of the Clean Lakes Alliance citizen action campaign, each customer will receive a “Renew the Blue” sticker with their rain barrel or compost bin purchase. “When people do their smallest part to take care of the lakes, they are part of a collective whole.” says James Tye, vice president of the Clean Lakes Alliance.
Compost bins pre-ordered by April 23rd are available for $69.99, normally $129.99 and pre-ordered rain barrels start at just $109.99, that’s $40 savings. For more information, to pre-order in advance or learn more about upcoming composting workshops put on by the City of Madison Streets Division visit- http://www.rainreserve.com/madison