Rain Barrels & Composters

Rain Barrels & Composters

In an effort to reduce stormwater runoff and reduce our everyday waste, the Henry County Soil and Water Conservation District promotes the use of rain barrels and composters.  The SWCD will have a spring and fall rain barrel sale that will correspond with the tree sale each year. However, quantities are usually on hand for orders year round.

A rain barrel is a system of collecting and storing water from the roofs of homes, barns and sheds. Rain barrels prevent water from attaching to soil or pollutants and being carried away and washed into storm drains. Reducing stormwater runoff reduces the amount of pesticides and fertilizer that impact our water supply.

Collecting rainwater saves water for a future use—watering landscapes and gardens, washing cars and windows, and decreases your water bill. Depending on the amount of rainfall and the size of the roof, a large amount of water can be collected. For every inch of rainfall on a 1,000 square foot roof, equals a savings of 600 gallons of water with the use of a rain barrel.  Learn how to install and maintain a rain barrel with this useful guide, Rain Barrel Instructions.

Composting is a great way to help lessen the amount of waste that ends up in the landfills.  Many kitchen wastes can be added to compost along with yard clippings and leaves.  With the tumbling composter you no longer have to break your back to turn the piles, just give it a few turns ever couple of days.  In about four weeks you can have fertilizer that will help your garden flourish.

Check out our  Rain Barrel & Composter Order Form  to place your order today. Or stop by our office for same day ordering and pickup.

Below are some helpful resources for composting: