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May 15
​Wake County has Everything You Need to Start Composting for $50

Bins selling at record rates as residents stay at home

Need a new project to pass the time while social distancing? Wake County has everything you need to start feeding your garden and reducing your carbon footprint by composting in the backyard.

compost-sale-2019.jpgFor the month of May, Wake County is partnering with BrandBuilders to sell Earth Machine compost bins for just $50. That’s 50% off the retail price, and orders include a 20-page handbook explaining the ins and outs of composting.

“With everyone spending more time at home due to COVID-19, we’re seeing a lot of people eager to start composting, and these bins make it so easy,” Environmental Program Coordinator Sara Davarbakhsh said. “Last year a record 670 bins were purchased by households. This year, interest in home composting is even greater. So far, 625 bins have been sold to people who are ready to start—or grow—their composting efforts, and we’re halfway through the month-long sale.”

Orders will be accepted online through May 31, and bins will be available for pickup during four events at the North Wake Solid Waste Management Facilities, 9020 Deponie Drive, Raleigh.

The pickup dates are:

  • Saturday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to noon
  • Monday, June 22, from 8–10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, June 23, from noon to 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 24, from 5–7 p.m.

Pickups will adhere to social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. To help staff plan, buyers must choose a pickup date when they purchase a bin. Detailed pick-up instructions will be sent to buyers in June.

In years past, Wake County staff have been on hand during pickup events to teach residents how to assemble and use their new Earth Machines. This year, staff are moving that instruction online with two new videos.

Why compost?
Whether you’re looking to enrich your soil or take better care of the planet, there are plenty of reasons to start composting.

“Traditionally, we’ve seen a lot of interest in composting from gardeners because plants love compost,” Davarbakhsh said. “But in recent years, we’ve seen a lot more interest from all people who, above all, want to help the planet and reduce their carbon footprint.”

Through composting food scraps and yard waste you are; reducing the amount of greenhouse gases produced if those same materials were landfilled instead and providing essential nutrients to soil for a healthy garden. Composting also reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, helps soil retain moisture, reducing the need for watering, reduces soil erosion, and is a great way to teach your children about the nutrient cycle and natural resource conservation.

More than one third of the waste generated by the average Wake County household is compostable. Keeping these items out of your trashcan frees up space at the landfill and cuts down on carbon and methane emissions released when organic materials breakdown in a landfill.

To learn more and order your bin, visit wakegov.com/compost. You do not have to live in Wake County to place an order.

About the Wake County Solid Waste Management Division
The Wake County Solid Waste Management Division provides waste disposal and recycling services to residents and businesses in Wake County. The division manages 19 waste facilities including a landfill, waste transfer station, residential waste and recycling convenience centers, household hazardous waste and multi-material recycling drop-off facilities. To learn more, visit wakegov.com/recycling.


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