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Annapolis Compost Bin, Rain Barrel Sale at K&B

In addition to the sale, you can learn how to use them with demonstrations throughout the day.

There's more than one way to show your green on St. Patrick's Day.

Annapolis' annual rain barrel and compost bin sale will be held March 17-18 at . From 7 a.m. to 5 pm. customers can get a rain barrel and compost bin at significant discounts.

The effort is part of Mayor Josh Cohen's Clean and Green initiative, according to a release.

“This is a win-win situation,” Cohen said in a release. “The person buying the barrel or bin benefits from the discounted pricing. The environment benefits from reduced pollution and waste going to local landfills.”

The truckload sale features The Earth Machine Backyard Compost Bin for $45 and the SYSTERN Rain Barrel for $55 on a first-come, first-serve basis, according to a release. Regular retail prices are $100 and $120, respectively.

Customers can use the bin to compost fruit, vegetable scraps, crushed eggshells, tea bags, coffee grounds and filters from their kitchen, mulched leaves, dried grass, garden plants, old potting soil and soft plant stems from the garden.

The resulting compost can be used as a rich soil additive for lawns and gardens to give you greener grass, healthier flowers and better fruits and vegetables. 

The rain barrel will help to reduce water pollution and soil erosion and reduce water demand, preserving municipal water supplies. Annapolis residents can also receive an annual $20 credit on their water bill by completing a storm water credit application found on the city’s website, according to the release.

There also will be rain barrel demonstrations at the event by the Annapolis Environmental Commission.

For more information, visit www.kbtruevalue.com,www.SustainableAnnapolis.com, or call K&B True Value at 410-268-3939.

Conlyn March 09, 2012 at 03:58 PM
I have a black rotating barrel type composting bin. The compost material does not seem to be breaking down. It has been a year since it was emptied. The egg shells, citrus rinds, and oak leaves seem not to be breaking down. Is there any thing that can be put in to speed the degrading process?
Jared Littmann March 10, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Yes, there are a couple of options. First, you should mix up the product in the barrel periodically, although I'm assuming you've done this because you mentioned you have a rotating barrel type. Second, make sure you've got a mix of kitchen and yard greens and browns, basically anything organic, but having a mix is important; again, you mentioned shells and leaves, so you might have done this. Third, you can get (available at K&B True Value on Forest Drive) a compost boost or accelerator that adds natural enzymes that speed up the breakdown of the materials in your compost bin. I hope that helps!

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