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Published on February 14th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Conservation Program Cuts Prices for Rain Barrels, Compost Bins for Sale Event

With rain barrels and compost bins becoming gardening staples, RichlandCounty is working to make them more affordable for residents.

The County’s Sustainability Office is teaming up with Keep the Midlands Beautiful, Carolina Clear and the city of Columbia to offer FreeGarden RAIN 55-gallon rain barrels and FreeGarden EARTH compost bins at reduced prices. Residents can pre-order the items online or on the phone. The items will be available for pick-up in late March. 

The cost for the rain barrel is $60, compared to the usual price of $150. According to Keep the Midlands Beautiful, the average homeowner uses about 40 percent of a household’s water for outdoor use. A rain barrel is an economical way to conserve water for use around the home. The FreeGarden RAIN 55-gallon rain barrels are easy to transport, install and use.  Three bins easily fit into the back seat of the average mid-sized sedan.

The cost of the compost bin is $50, compared to the regular price of $100. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, compost enriches soil, helps prevent pollution and saves money because it can reduce the need for water, fertilizers and pesticides. The FreeGarden EARTH compost bin allows backyard composting in an effective, compact unit.  It has a pest resistant lid and a large opening that offers easy access to add material and maintain the compost pile. 

To order a rain barrel, compost bin and accessories, call Keep the Midlands Beautiful at (803) 733-1139 or order online at .  Orders must be placed by 5 p.m. Saturday, March 8.  Residents can pick up their orders from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at the Gamecock Bi-Lo shopping center at 4464 Devine St.



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