Buy a Rain Barrel or Compost Bin
Get A Bin FOR FREE:
We can help you learn to compost in your own back yard. The District gives away compost bins at both public compost sites during its regular season. The bins help you manage your materials so you can create a pile that doesn't blow away easily. Stop by and pick one up!
Backyard composting is a great way to reduce the amount of food and yard waste that go into our landfills. Composting contributes to and directly benefit from part of the solid waste solution, recycling, and results in a rich soil amendment great for gardening purposes.
Buy A Barrel:
Looking for a barrel to collect rain water for your plants? We recommend purchasing an upcycled barrel from Upcycled Products Inc.
Schools and community organizations in Porter County are invited to apply for a grant for up to two rain barrels.
These barrels are food-grade containers that were once used to ship olives and pickles. Not only are you practicing reuse, but you are reducing the demand for manufactured ones made from molded plastic, therefore reducing our need for petroleum, energy and other resources used in the manufacturing process.
Here are some great reasons why you should use a rain barrel:
- By using harvested rain water, you’ll have less strain on your well, and you’ll save energy and money.
- The chlorine in your drinking/tap water kills living organisms, making the water safe to drink; but it also kills beneficial bacteria in your garden’s soil that your plants need.
- Environmental experts and sewer officials agree that any reduction of rain water flowing into storm sewers is a good thing for neighborhoods and the environment.
- You'll be a role model to your kids!