Erie County, in partnership with the Western NY Stormwater Coalition, the City of Buffalo, and the Town of Wheatfield, is once again offering rain barrels and compost bins. Order yours today. This offer ends May 1st, 2020. There are 2 locations to pick up orders: City of Buffalo Engineering Garage and Town of Wheatfield Town Hall. THE SPECIFIC DATE/TIME AND LOCATION FOR PICK UP WILL BE SELECTED BY THE PURCHASER WHEN CHECKING OUT. You must pick up your order at the location, date and time that you select at checkout or have someone pick it up for you. Orders are not available for pick up at these locations outside of the dates/times listed at check out.
There are several environmental benefits associated with rain barrels. Foremost, rain barrels reduce stormwater runoff - this is water that does not soak in to the ground and can transport many pollutants directly to our local waterways untreated. By using harvested rainwater for watering lawns, gardens, potted plants and for washing off patio furniture and tools, rain barrels conserve water. From a gardening perspective, the natural nutrients in rainwater make it far better than tap water, which has chlorine and fluoride in it. With a rain barrel, gardeners can minimize or eliminate their use of chemical fertilizers.
“The Western NY Stormwater Coalition has co-sponsored this event for the past 6 years and we are excited to do so once again. Rain barrels are an excellent strategy for homeowners to conserve water and control runoff.”
Composting yard trimmings and food waste is a simple way to recycle nutrients and return them to the soil. The addition of compost enriches soil and will stimulate plant growth, thereby reducing the need for chemical fertilizers. Composting has the added benefit of reducing the amount of solid waste that would otherwise go to a landfill.
Please refer to these maps to locate your pick up location: