Composter
Composter Sale
Order by the first of each month
YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED
when to pick up at:
Kinsch Village Florist
Kinsch Village Florist
301 West Johnson St. in Palatine
Streamwood residents only:
call for details
Sale Brochure & Order Form
Rain Barrel & Composter Flyer
 
 
Pay online at this link:
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Composter Inside
 
Composting Cycle
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for many helpful links  about conservation
 
Rain Barrel Sale
same sale dates & pick-up
 
 
Tumbling Composter Program
Upcycled Tumbling Composters Now Available from the District
 
Why compost?
Reduce and Recycle
Landscaping and food waste account for nearly 30% of America’s waste stream! By composting these items you are recycling the materials while supporting healthy soils. You will be returning resources from the soil back to the soil.

Conserve Our Soil Resources
It can take nature over one thousand years to create just one inch of life giving top soil! Due to human activities soil erosion (soil loss by water or wind) has been accelerated. Soil erosion takes place everywhere. Whether washed from a farm field, blow off a construction site, rain rinsed into a stormsewer or scrapped away during home construction losing those precious inches of fertile soil can make greening your environment difficult. Nature’s top soil is rich in organic materials which help to retain moisture and support healthy root development. Amending your soil with compost replaces organic materials that have been lost, creating soils that are more resistant to erosion.
Composted SoilHeal Your Soil
Compost improves moisture retention, feeds beneficial organisms, provides a slow–release source of nutrients, retains fertilizers better and improves the soil structure allowing for root spread, water drainage and air penetration. Compost has also been shown to suppress plant diseases and pests. Healthy soils, healthy plants!

Protecting Water Quality
Compost helps to decrease stormwater runoff by increasing water retention and providing for healthy root growth. Reducing runoff reduces the amount of water, polluted with fertilizers and pesticides, draining into nearby rivers and ponds. Compost may also reduce or eliminate use of synthetic fertilizers and chemicals.

Save Money
Spend less money watering your plants, purchasing pesticides and applying soil amendments/conditioners.
Tumbling Composters
Eliminate back strain with this hip level composter. The best garden tools are those that fit your style. If you prefer to work at waist level, this elevated compost maker is perfect. It is made with recycled components; including a pre-used 55 gallon black barrel and 100% recycled lumber painted with water based exterior latex paint.

The Upcycle Composter is an upcycled food grade barrel. It is about 4 foot tall and only requires a 3 foot by 4 foot area. You can put it in a smaller area for storage, but you'll need that much space free from obstacles to spin the barrel and properly aerate the compost.

Using a rocking motion to build momentum, a compost tumbler is relatively easy to turn. However, the composting action will rapidly reduce the content of the barrel to less than half its starting volume.

The three main ingredients that a composter needs are heat, oxygen, and moisture. The best position to place your composter is in full sun or at a minimum partial sun. The barrel holds the heat in all night and does not allow it to cool down like an open bin or stacking bin. The black barrel will absorb heat all day. The center tube aerates the compost pile and allows excess moisture to drain out. The steel bars inside break up the compost and fluff it up for better aeration. The most efficient bacteria, called "aerobes", need oxygen to do their work. Without oxygen, they cannot survive and anaerobes can take over. Anaerobic bacteria aren’t very good at breaking down compost - those bacteria can slow decomposition down by as much as 90 percent.

Here in the Midwest we can completely compost the product in the barrel in about 4 weeks. The composters are shipped with all pieces in a kit inside the barrel. We provide full assembly instructions along with general use instructions.
 
Compost Tumbler Features and Benefits:
Holds an impressive 7.3 cubic feet of material! This is approximately 55 gallons
Low maintenance, nothing to clog up
Pest proof, fully enclosed, off-the-ground compost bin
Avoids odor problems by controlling moisture and aeration in excessively
    dry or rainy areas
Provides insulation to aid heating of compost
Compost Tumbler can be moved around the yard
Assembled dimensions: 36" wide by 36" deep by 46" tall
Weight: 75 lbs
Easy mixing & turning of the compost materials
5 year manufacturer's warranty
 
Disclaimer
With proper installation, maintenance and use, your composter should function properly. The North Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District assumes no liability for the installation, maintenance, property damage or injury associated with your composter.
 
North Cook County Soil & Water Conservation District
640 Cosman Rd. Elk Grove Village, Il. 60007 
224/875-7580