Fairfax County Sponsors Low Cost Backyard Composter


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, FAX 703-324-2010

Aug. 26, 2004

 

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Fairfax County Sponsors Low Cost Backyard Composter Truckload Sale

 

On Saturday, Sept. 18, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Fairfax County Recycling Program will host a backyard composter truckload sale in the Giant Food parking lot at 359 Maple Avenue E., Vienna and at the Home Depot parking lot at 1651 Reston Parkway, Reston. The Earth Machines™ composters will sell for only $35 plus tax, a significant savings from the regular $80 retail price.

Homeowners can use the Earth Machine™ to compost fruit and vegetable scraps, crushed eggshells, tea bags, coffee grounds and filters from the kitchen. With the addition of layers of mulched leaves, dried grass, garden plants, old potting soil and soft plant stems from the garden and with a little maintenance and care, the materials are broken down naturally into compost, which homeowners can use to enrich the soil in their gardens. According to Environmental Protection Agency studies, residents can divert approximately 650 pounds of waste per year. This composted material can be used to add nutrients and organic materials to lawns and gardens.

“We are pleased to be able to offer another opportunity for residents to purchase compost bins. Our sale in May was very successful,” says Pamela Gratton, manager of the Fairfax County Recycling Program, part of the Division of Solid Waste within the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services.

The backyard compost bin sale will take place rain or shine, and cash and check sales will be made on site. For more information, contact the Fairfax County Recycling Program at 703-803-3322, TTY 711.

 

FAIRFAX COUNTY IS COMMITTED TO A POLICY OF NONDISCRIMINATION IN ALL COUNTY PROGRAMS, SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES AND WILL PROVIDE REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS UPON REQUEST. TO REQUEST SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS, CALL 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935. PLEASE ALLOW FIVE WORKING DAYS IN ADVANCE OF EVENTS IN ORDER TO MAKE THE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS

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