OLYMPIA -- Thurston County Solid Waste and Master Gardener Foundation of Thurston County are teaming up to offer residents the opportunity to purchase reduced price compost bins.
The Biostack and Earth Machine compost bins are both available now at the reduced prices while supplies last. Both of these handsome bins efficiently convert organic matter like leaves, grass clippings and food waste into a dark, nutrient-rich, crumbly soil amendment called compost. High heats collected from the black containers and from natural processes digest the scraps quickly. The bins also help reduce the likelihood of odors or pests.
To order either of these units, go to http://compostbinsthurstoncounty.com. Biostacks are now 55 percent off at $60 each. Earth Machines are 49 percent off at $40 each. Prices include tax and delivery within Thurston County. There is a maximum of three bins per household per year.
Food waste, yard waste, and compostable paper make up 31 percent of the average household's waste. Starting a home composting system can be fun, save you money and help your garden by reducing chemical inputs such as fertilizer.
Purchasing bins is not necessary for home composting, but a containment system is helpful and can even be built with chicken wire and used pallets. For more ideas search the Internet for "build your own compost bin."
Thurston County Solid Waste subsidizes the bin sale to support WSU Thurston County Master Composters and encourage residents to reduce waste. Master Composters offer education to the public through Washington State University Extension. FREE composting workshops are offered at Closed Loop Park in Hawks Prairie, Olympia Farmers Market Garden, and Dirt Works Garden at Yauger Park in West Olympia. Pre-registration is not required. For a full list of opportunities, go to http://county.wsu.edu/thurston/gardening/mc.
Waste reduction through composting is a key component of sustainability. The Solid Waste education staff works to conserve environmental resources through education and outreach, technical assistance, diversion programs, and advocacy. For more information about Solid Waste diversion programs go to http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/solidwaste/index.htm.