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2022 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.  

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.

Unfortunately, we have reached our capacity for orders in 2022 as we have limited funding for this program.

You can continue to submit pre-orders as residents may cancel their orders. If you cannot get these items this year you will be put on the email list to be notified about sales next year.

Click HERE to Pre-Order.

Please read the following details about the 2022 program before ordering:

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 or utility bill/cell phone bill) with you when picking up the rain barrel and/or composter. 

Pre-Orders

Residents are required to pre-order rain barrels and composters online. Only 1 of each item is available per household.

Once the Town receives your item(s) you will be notified via e-mail and provided with dates to pick them up.

Rain barrels and composters will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. The Town has limited funds for this program and depending on demand it may not be possible for all residents that pre-order these items to receive them.

Payment

Credit Card: When your order is confirmed you will be given directions on how to pay online by credit card. There is a 2.95% fee for all credit card purchases. This must be done before pickup as credit cards will not be accepted on-site.

E-Check: When your order is confirmed you will be given directions on how to pay online by e-check. There is a $1.75 fee.

Check: You can pay by check on the date of pickup of the rain barrel and/or composter. Please bring a check made out to the Town of North Hempstead for the total amount of purchase.

Credit cards will not be accepted on site at pickup and CASH IS NOT ACCEPTED.

Pickup

All pickups will be held at Clark Botanic Garden at 193 I.U. Willets Road, Albertson. Dates will be specified once your order is confirmed via e-mail.

How to Use a Composter

This manual provides information on how to compost and utilize the Compost Wizard Jr. 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.