It’s been 5 months since the Cincinnati Zoo started composting 8 tons of organic waste a week! This organic material includes herbivorous animal waste, straw bedding, cardboard chips and food waste from animal diets. You can join the Zoo and compost too! Composting helps reduce your waste by 30% and provides an excellent soil amendment to your garden. Start a pile in your backyard and add food scraps such as orange rinds, apple cores, banana peels and carrot peelings as well as coffee grinds and tea bags! You can also add in leaves, grass clippings and other yard waste. Turn the pile every few days and in a few months time you’ll have rich, organic compost filled with great nutrients that will help your gardens grow. Keep your pile contained by using a compost bin.
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:
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 Zoo harnesses millions of gallons of rainwater through the use of rain gardens, rain barrels and pervious pavement. The rain barrel offered at this sale is 34” h x 24” w and can hold up to 55 gallons. 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 join the Zoo and Hamilton County Recycling & Solid Waste District in going green! Head to the Backyard Compost Bin & Rain Barrel Sale this Saturday, May 14th!