Madison, NJ – To help residents go green, the Madison Environmental Commission is selling compost bins and rain barrels at wholesale prices. Orders may be placed at www.tinyurl.com/compostersale up until September 29. Pick up will be Sunday, October 4.

The Earth Machine compost bin, which retails for $100, will be sold for $60. It is a passive composter that turns food scraps into nutrient-rich fertilizer in approximately six weeks. “Composting is an important climate action that is easy to take during COVID-19,” says Claire Whitcomb, Environmental Commission Chair. Food accounts for 22 percent of municipal solid waste, according to MIT. “For those who don’t want to do backyard composting, curbside pick-up with Java’s Compost is another option available in Madison,” Whitcomb adds.

Rain barrels, which will be sold for $70 each, help reduce the drain on our aquifer and cut household water bills by up to 40 percent. Rain water, free from chlorine and water treatment chemicals, is an excellent water source for lawns, plants and gardens. The 55-gallon barrel comes with an overflow hose and spigot and features a fine mesh lid to keep debris from getting in and mosquitos from getting out.

A video with composting tips from residents is available on Facebook via @GreenMadisonNJl. Questions on the composter and rain barrel sale may be addressed to MEC@rosenet.org.