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Rain Barrel and Composter Sales


Composting and using a rain barrel are two great ways to help the environment from your own backyard. The Town of North Hempstead provides compost bins and rain barrels at a discounted rate to Town residents.

This program has concluded for 2021. Please check back next spring for information on the program in 2022.

Composting involves the breaking down of yard and kitchen waste into a nutrient rich soil amendment. It provides many benefits including reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills or combustion facilities, providing valuable plant nutrients, improving soil structure, adding beneficial soil organisms, suppressing plant diseases, reducing the need for fertilizers and pesticides, and helping to prevent soil erosion and nutrient runoff.

Rain barrels are containers that collect rainwater from roofs that can be used for irrigation of lawns and gardens. One of their main benefits is conserving water that comes from Long Island’s underground aquifers, which provide 100% of Long Island’s potable water. They also allow users to save money and reduce stormwater pollution.

Cost

Composter: $50 (one per household)

Model: Good Ideas Compost Wizard Jr.

Rain Barrel: $50 (one per household)*

Model: RTS Home Accents Flat Back Rain Barrel

*Please note we only provide the rain barrel (including screen and spigot), but additional equipment may be needed, such as a diverter, a platform to raise the rain barrel and a tool to cut the gutter downspout to the proper length.

Residency Requirement

Composters and rain barrels are only available for purchase by Town of North Hempstead residents. You must bring ID (license, utility bill, cell phone bill) with you when picking up the rain barrel and/or composter. 

Payment

Credit Card: If you are paying by credit card you must pre-pay online through the registration link above. There is a 2.95% fee for all credit card purchases.

E-Check: You can also pay by e-Check through online registration. There is a $0.75 fee for each e-Check used.

Check: You can pay by check on the date of pickup of the rain barrel and/or composter, but you still must register for a sale date and select “pay at pickup.” Please bring a check made out to the Town of North Hempstead with you on the pickup date for your total amount.

CASH IS NOT ACCEPTED.

Pickup

All pickup dates will be held at Clark Botanic Garden at 193 I.U. Willets Road, Albertson. When you get to Clark there will be a sign on the entry gate with information on how you can retrieve your composter/rain barrel.

How to Use a Composter

This manual provides information on how to compost and utilize the Soil Machine Pro composter that you can purchase from the Town: Town of North Hempstead Composting Guide

The NYC Master Composter Manual provides more in depth details on how to compost

How to Use a Rain Barrel

This manual provides information on how to install and use the RTS Rain Barrel that you can purchase from the Town: Town of North Hempstead Rain Barrel Guide

For a more in depth lesson on composting and using a rain barrel as well as other ways you can make your yard more environmentally friendly take the Town's Sustainable Yard Care workshop. Click HERE for more information.

For questions or to get more information please call 311 (516-869-6311) from outside the Town) or e-mail sustain@northhempsteadny.gov.