RiverCOG Region Compost Bin & Rain Barrel Sale

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2019 compost bin and rain barrel sales events. These events have ended for the year, but we are planning another one in Spring 2020 with a pick up date the end of March. Please contact kim.orourke@middletownct.gov or jehlemeyer@rivercog.org for more information. The store will be reopening in early 2020. Happy Composting!  

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 our Backyard Composting Workshop on March 18th, and this great video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqDQD8cvO5Y

"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 September 28th. You have 2 pick up options: 

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

2.) Between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m 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.