Please note: Compost Bins are SOLD OUT. We will be accepting orders again in Spring 2017. We do have a small amount of rain barrels available on a first come, first serve basis. Contact Lynn @ 591-8135 for more information.
Westbrook is now participating in the Maine Resource Recovery Association (MRRA) annual compost bin and rain barrel sale. This will be our fourth year in the program and there has been a tremendous amount of interest from Westbrook residents.
Once again this year we will be collecting your orders with payment until May 25th and your items will arrive by the first week in June. Items may be picked up at our facility or delivered to your home.
You will be able to purchase:
- Earth Machine compost bins
- Wingdigger compost turners
- 55 gallon rain barrels
- Compost thermometers
- 2 gallon kitchen scrap pails
all at a price well below the retail value.
Composting...What's the Scoop?
Q. What is compost?
A. Compost is a dark, crumbly and earth smelling material made up of decomposed organic matter such as food scraps, leaves, grass clippings and wood chips.
Q. Why Should I Compost?
A. There are many benefits to composting. It is a simple and inexpensive way to dispose of and recycle food scraps and yard waste - items that would otherwise enter the waste stream. Compost also helps improve the health and quality of soil.
- Reduces the volume of garbage
- Saves money on garbage disposal
- Enriches and adds nutrients to the soil
- Improves soil structure for better root growth, increased moisture and nutrient retention
- Balances acidity and alkalinity of soil
- Suppresses disease and harmful pests
- Reduces the need for chemical fertilizers
Q. Does it smell bad?
A. Only if there is a problem. If you are putting the proper materials in your compost bin, i.e. no meats or dairy, it shouldn't smell bad. An unpleasant odor often indicates that you need to stir the pile to aerate it and allow extra moisture to evaporate.
Q. I don't have a garden, why compost?
A. Compost can be used in places other than the garden. It can be mixed with soil or sand for use in potted plants or around trees and shrubs in much the same way you would use mulch. Remember to check with neighbors and friends who garden as well. Chances are they will be happy to take your compost off your hands (and you may get some free garden fresh veggies in return!). Also, remember that by composting your food and yard waste you are removing it from the waste stream, eliminating the need to incinerate it and saving the community the processing cost or tipping fee.
Q. Isn't composting a lot of work?
A. Nope! The great thing about composting is that nature does the hard work for you. Collect your food waste in a bowl or small pail (decorative options are available) and empty it into your compost bin daily. When doing yard work, drop in your clippings and leaves and let those hungry microbes do their work! An occasional stir or squirt of water is usually all the help they need to make healthy and rich compost.