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Algonquin, TLC team up to sell rain barrels, composters

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

ALGONQUIN – The village of Algonquin and The Land Conservancy are partnering this spring to sell rain barrels and tumbling composters.

Rain barrels will help residents with their watering needs this summer while saving money. A tumbling composter filled with weeds and vegetable scraps can create compost to fertilize flowers next year.

To buy a rain barrel or composter, visit www.conservemc.org. Different sizes, colors and prices are available. Orders must be placed by May 3.

When placing an order, check the box for Algonquin pickup. Orders can be picked up from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 10 or from 10 a.m. to noon May 11 at Algonquin Village Hall, 2200 Harnish Drive.

Rain barrels benefit Algonquin’s water conservation program by offering residents an alternative source for watering landscaping and reducing the use of potable water.

The use of rainwater is beneficial for the plants, decreases the amount of drinking water used for landscape irrigation and reduces the amount of water runoff during storms. As part of the village’s water conservation efforts, the village encourages the use of rain barrels.

Composting food scraps and yard waste is a natural process that produces organic compost great for use in the garden. The village encourages the use of composters to divert the amount of items going to the landfill.

For information, call Katie Parkhurst at 847-658-4184.

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