Welcome to the Fall 2022 The Town of Manchester, CT Compost Bin & Rain Barrel Sale!

The Town of Manchester is excited to offer its Fall 2022 Community Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale! Backyard Composting is an excellent way to reduce trash going to landfills and incinerators and make your own nutrient rich compost! Rain Barrels can help reduce water costs, save our precious drinking water, and provide a natural source of water for plants and gardens.

Please explore our site to see what is being offered at this community sale. Because we are purchasing in bulk, we are able to offer our residents compost bins, rain barrels, and accessories at a reduced price. To further incentive this exciting program, the Town is offering an additional $20 off for each container, limit one per resident. Orders must be placed by October 14th, and picked up on October 15th from 9:00 am-1:00 pm at the Town of Manchester Public Works Administration building at 321 Olcott St.

Manchester Residents only will receive a $20.00 discount - use code Take20 at checkout.

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Why Compost?

Organic waste comprises 30 percent of the household trash going into landfills and incinerators, where it has no chance to decompose and offers very little BTU value. Homeowners who compost not only extend the life of our landfills and reduce the cost of collecting household garbage, but also recycle the nutrients in organic waste to create a valuable soil amendment for their gardens. 
We want to encourage backyard composting so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of improving or maintaining high-quality soil, growing healthy plants, reducing the use of fertilizer and pesticides, improving water quality, and protecting the environment. By adding compost you can conserve water and help improve soil to help hold water in the root zone. 
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Why Use a Rain Barrel?


There are several environmental benefits associated with rain barrels. Rain barrels reduce storm water runoff, water that does not soak into the ground and can transport many pollutants to our local waterways as well as cause erosion. By collecting rainwater for watering lawns, gardens, and potted plants and for washing off patio furniture and tools, rain barrels conserve water. From a gardening perspective, the natural nutrients in rain water make it far better than city tap water, which contains chlorine and fluoride. With a rain barrel, gardeners can minimize or eliminate their use of chemical fertilizers.