Backyard Gardners: This One’s For You!

By Carol McCracken

For the second year, Portland is offering compost bins and kitchen waste pails at discounted prices for purchase. The city endorses compost as an environmentally responsible alternative to fertilizing lawns and gardens and an efficient way to reduce waste management costs of the city.

Last year more than 500 compost bins were sold through the program.

The 2009 home compost bin and how to-guide are available for $40.00. The bin has a 10 year warranty and is made of 100% recycled plastic and is large enough for a family of five.

Orders will be taken in person or via mail at the Department of Public Services, 55 Portland Street, Portland, ME 04101 until May 1, 2009. Or please call 874-8801 for more info.