Households can compost more than a third of their waste
Did you discover your green thumb during the pandemic? Take your hobby to the next level with backyard composting! Wake County has everything you need to feed your garden, save money on plant food and reduce your carbon footprint.
During the month of May, Wake County is partnering with BrandBuilders to sell up to 750 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.
“The world was just starting to shut down due to COVID-19 during last year’s sale, and we saw record numbers of people start composting with their new Earth Machines,” Wake County Environmental Program Coordinator Sara Davarbakhsh said. “We expect a lot of interest again this year, as we’ve heard many residents say they’ve gotten into gardening while spending more time at home due to the pandemic.”
Orders will be accepted online through May 31, and bins will be available for pickup by appointment starting in mid-June at the North Wake Solid Waste Management Facilities, 9020 Deponie Drive, Raleigh. Appointments will be available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Buyers will receive appointment registration information and detailed pick-up instructions 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. Due to COVID-19, staff produced videos demonstrating how to how to assemble your Earth Machine and the fundamentals of composting at home.
Whether you’re looking to enrich your soil or take better care of the planet, there are plenty of reasons to start composting.
“For years, we mainly saw gardeners getting into composting, because it really helps plants to flourish,” Davarbakhsh said. “As people become more environmentally conscious, we’ve seen a lot more interest from all people who, above all, want to help the planet and reduce their carbon footprint.”
A recent study at the South Wake Landfill showed more than one third of the waste generated by the average Wake County household could be 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.
Composting also reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, helps soil retain moisture, curtails the need for watering and prevents soil erosion. Plus, it’s a great way to teach your children about the nutrient cycle and natural resource conservation.
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 www.wakegov.com/recycling.