Friday, October 24, 2008



Easy-to-use, easy-to-build bins are more affordable than costly chemicals

JOHNSTON, R.I. (October 24, 2008) – Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation will sell compost bins at the Central Landfill on Saturday, November 8 from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The price is $40, while supplies last. Bin sales are limited to one per vehicle.

The backyard composting bins hold 12 cubic feet of material and are easy to assemble without tools. Bins keep compost piles neat, protect it from animals, and speed decomposition.

Making compost is easy and much safer for lawns and gardens than fertilizing with chemicals. And one can control how organic the compost will be. To start, combine food waste such as fruit cores, vegetable peelings, coffee grinds and so forth, with yard waste, such as leaves, twigs, grass clippings, and dead plants. Add water from the garden hose until the pile is moist and the materials will decompose over time to look like dirt. But, it’s much better than dirt because the compost contains nutrients that will make grass and flowers thrive.

Since leaf and yard waste is the second largest component of the Central Landfill, composting is a great way to reduce the amount of waste needlessly landfilled.

“We love people who compost, because they drastically reduce the amount of waste they contribute to the Central Landfill,” said Mike OConnell, executive director of RIRRC. “Additionally, it’s great to know that there are fewer lawn chemicals, which contribute to local water pollution in the form of run-off. ”

The sale will be held at the kick-off event for Rhode Island Recycles Week. In addition to the compost bin sale, Resource Recovery will offer all-plastics recycling and large volume paper shredding.

For additional information on composting and R.I. Recycles Week activities, visit or call 942-1430 x775.

Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation is the quasi-state environmental agency dedicated to providing the public with environmentally sound programs and facilities to manage waste. The agency helps fund and promote the state’s recycling program, and owns and operates the Materials Recycling Facility and Central Landfill in Johnston.