The RiverCOG Region Compost Bin & Rain Barrel Sale is now closed.

For those who ordered remember that pick up in one day only - Sunday April 11th in Middletown and Old Saybrook. Any questions can be directed to Janice or Kim at the numbers found at the top of the page, times and directions can be found at the bottom of this store. For those who missed the cut off there will be product available for sale on Sunday. Covid precautions will be in effect so wear your mask if you stop by.

Why Compost?

The RiverCOG Region is excited to sponsor this event. The goal of the program is to raise public awareness of composting at home and the benefits of using compost to improve or maintain high quality soil. Backyard Composting will also help reduce its garbage tonnage and increase its recycling rate. As an active member of Sustainable CT, the Region is working to achieve a 60% recycling and waste diversion goal by 2024. Backyard Composting recycles organic wastes into a usable product right in your own backyard! By adding compost to your gardens and lawns, you can conserve water, grow healthy plants, reduce the use of fertilizer and pesticides, and protect the environment.  

"Composting is an ancient agricultural practice that enables us to return to the earth the energy that plants create through photosynthesis and the nutrients they absorb from the soil.” —Krishna Winston, Chair, Middletown Resource Recycling Advisory Commission 

Want to learn more? Check out this great video, and plan to join us for

Backyard Composting 101 Workshop - Available March 15, 2021

Learn more about composting with UConn Master Composters,  Ruth Eckoff and Danielle Butsch. This Backyard Composting 101 was recorded in March 2021 and answers your questions of why and how to compost. It can be viewed here:  

"Composting is an easy way to return the plants energy back into the soil. It's also a way to reduce waste, a win win for all!!"  

Janice Ehle/Meyer
RiverCOG, Planner

Why Use a Rain Barrel?

There are several environmental benefits associated with rain barrels. Rain barrels reduce storm water runoff, water that does not soak into the ground and can transport many pollutants to our local waterways as well as cause erosion. By collecting rainwater for watering lawns, gardens, and potted plants and for washing off patio furniture and tools, rain barrels conserve water. From a gardening perspective, the natural nutrients in rain water make it far better than city tap water, which contains chlorine and fluoride. With a rain barrel, gardeners can minimize or eliminate their use of chemical fertilizers.

Rain barrel water should not be used to drink or bathe. And rain barrels should be emptied and stored throughout the winter months.  

Pick-up Date & Locations

YOUR ORDER MUST BE PICKED UP ON Sunday April 11th. You have 2 pick up options: 

1.) Between the hours of 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM at Veteran’s Memorial Park, Walnut Grove Road, Middletown.  

2.) Between the hours of 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM at the Tractor Supply 401 Middlesex Turnpike, Old Saybrook.  

RiverCOG does not make any warranty or representation, expressed or implied, regarding the compost bins and rain barrels offered for sale by BrandBuilders, LLC. Purchasers must direct any questions, claims or disputes regarding their purchase to BrandBuilders, LLC. Purchases that are not picked up at the scheduled pick-up date may be donated and used for educational purposes.