Compost Bins & Rain Barrels on SALE through May 8

Compost bins are used to break down organic matter such as food scraps and yard waste. The bins help you reduce trash and also improve the health of your lawn and garden, save money on fertilizers and mulch, and preserve natural resources. Using fewer chemical fertilizers also helps protect the health of your family and pets.

Rain barrels collect water that drains through your gutters and can be used to water your lawn and garden. Using rain barrels is an effective way to conserve water and save money on your water bill.

The Department of Public Works is currently selling rain barrels and compost bins, which must be pre-ordered by May 8.

The Earth Machine compost bin only costs residents $25 this year (75% off!), thanks to a grant from MassDEP. To reserve a bin, go to the city website or pick up an order form at the DPW Operations Facility and Recycling Center (72 Tremont Street).

The SkyJuice rain barrel costs $75. The rain barrels can be ordered online or by picking up an order form at the DPW Recycling Center.

The pickup day for the bins and barrels is Saturday, May 20 from 8 a.m. -12 p.m. at DPW Recycling Center at 72 Tremont Street.

For more information about this program, contact Sadie Brown at or 781-665-0142.  Check out the Melrose Recycles blog at for updates about events and other recycling news.

Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Flyer May 2017

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