RALEIGH — On average, each Wake County resident generates five pounds of garbage per day. But did you know about a quarter of that trash is food scraps, lawn clippings and other things that can be composted?
Composting can help keep these items out of the landfill, while providing benefits to your lawn or garden.
To encourage residents to try composting, Wake County’s Solid Waste Management Division is offering composting bins at a reduced rate throughout the month of October. Residents can pre-order a compost bin for $50, which is 50 percent lower than retail cost.
A compost bin helps turn food scraps and yard waste into a rich fertilizer that can provide essential nutrients for a healthy garden. It reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, lowers the amount of methane emissions from landfills and even serves as an educational tool for children about recycling.
Everyone who purchases a composting bin will receive a notification to pick up their bin at the North Wake Multi-Material Recycling Facility. Several convenient pick-up events will be offered in November, including Wake County Recycling Day on Nov. 19.
For more information on the backyard compost bin sale, see wakegov.com/compost.