BRONXVILLE, N.Y. In an attempt to reduce storm-water runoff and help the environment, Groundwork Hudson Valley and the Southern Westchester Energy Action Committee are offering residents compost bins and rain barrels at discounted prices.
"It is one of our environmental initiatives to work with homeowners to help them be more environmentally friendly and green," said Lynn Oliva, a river associate at Groundwork Hudson Valley. "We are focused on storm-water reduction and storm- water quality. Something like rain barrels are simple collecting a natural resource and watering your garden."
The sale will take place on Saturday. The rain barrels will be sold for $70 nearly half of their typical $125 retail value, said Oliva. The savings on compost bins are even bigger as they will be sold for $55, with a regular retail price of $145.
"This is a win-win situation," said Nina Orville, executive director of SWEAC. "The person buying the compost bin or rain barrel benefits from the discounted price [and] the environment benefits from diverting organic matter from the waste stream."
The compost bins can improve outdoor soil and can hold more than 600 pounds of household waste each year. The rain barrels can store up to 55 gallons of rain water, which can be used to water the garden in later weeks.
"Collecting and reusing rainwater is a great way to help the environment and your garden," said Oliva, "because rainwater is free from chlorine and other water treatment chemicals. It also saves money by reducing the demand for treated tap water, and lowers your monthly bill."
At last year's sale, nearly 200 compost bins and rain barrels were sold. Earlier this year, Groundwork Hudson Valley also sold another 100 pieces.
"It's certainly a very good thing," said Oliva. "Saving water and using from the rain barrels instead of the tap certainly saves taxes as well as the use of a precious commodity. And when you compost, you take a lot out of the waste cycles."
Residents are asked to pre-order their bins or barrels before Friday afternoon by using the form on the Saw Mill River Coalition's website. Pick up is on Friday at Eastchester Town Hall, 40 Mill Road, between 9 and 11:30 a.m. Items can also be picked up at the Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Road, in Greenburgh, between 1 and 4 p.m.
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