Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Backyard Compost Bin & Rain Barrel SALE!!! One Day Only!

The Hamilton County Recycling & Solid Waste District is having their annual, one day only backyard compost sale! For Hamilton County Residents only, the sale is THIS Saturday, May 14th from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The sale will be at two locations:

Village Crossings
10400 Reading Rd.
Evendale, Ohio 45241
(Corner of Reading Rd. and Glendale-Milford Rd.)

Green Township Administration Complex
6303 Harrison Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45247
(1 mile south of I-74)

The bins are in limited quantities, so get to the sale early! They are easy to assemble, and cost only $35 (typically they retail $100)! The compost bins are 33” h x 31” w. Compost turners, kitchen collection pails and compost thermometers will also be available for purchase. The popular “I heart compost” magnets will be available with a purchase of a bin or supplies, while they last.

Also this year, discount rain barrels will be available for purchase at $50, thanks to a partnership with the Metropolitan Sewer District. Join us in conserving water and diverting water from the storm water system! The rain barrel offered at this sale is 34” h x 24” w and can hold up to 55 gallons of water. Using a rain barrel to harvest rain water and reusing it outside on lawns and gardens can save a homeowner up to 1,300 gallons of water. Please note that rain barrels installed in the City of Cincinnati are required to direct rain barrel overflow back into the existing storm drain systems on the rain barrel owner’s property.

So come on out to the sale this Saturday and turn your yard into a "green" one. Supplies run out quickly, so get there early!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Yard Waste Collection Event

Hey All you Cincinnatians! One day only - blue skies and shining sun! As the skies have cleared today and the sun graces us with her presence, take the opportunity to clean out your garden beds and cut that lawn! The City of Cincinnati is having a yard waste pick up the week of May 9 only. This is a great opportunity to ensure all of that yard waste is going to a compost pile, not the landfill! The following press release has all the info you need, but if you want more visit their website.

"A special yard waste collection week for City residents has been scheduled for May 9 – 13, 2011. This one-time collection is designed to assist citizens by providing a convenient method to dispose of accumulated yard waste. During this week, citizens are encouraged to properly prepare and set out yard waste they may have on their regular garbage collection day. This special yard waste collection week does not include special items such as tires, appliances, and sofa beds. To schedule a special pickup of any of these items, please call 591-6000. Citizens can help spread the word about this one-time special collection. More details to follow regarding the long-term Yard Waste program.

When preparing yard waste:
- Brush and branches should be put into bundles no larger than 4’x2’.
- Individual tree limbs should be no larger than 6” in diameter.
- Leaves and lawn clipping should be an appropriate container such as a bag or can.
- When possible, consider composting or yard waste drop-off sites as an earth friendly alternative to disposing of yard waste with their regular garbage."

So collect and organize that yard waste, and help divert more material from enterting the landfill!

And Feliz Cinco de Mayo!