A forest preserve in Libertyville, Illinois, will be the site of an event highlighting sustainable living on May 12. The event will be sponsored by SWALCO, the Stormwater Management Commission and Lake County Forest Preserves, which will be selling rain barrels, compost bins and well as native plants to area residents at Independence Grove Forest Preserve.
All of the supplies for sale will be made out of recycled items. Rain barrels are great for any household that wants to practice water conservation this summer. The barrels are placed below storm drains or in the yard to collect rainfall, which helps eliminate water runoff as well as give users the opportunity to harvest water to save for later use. Some of the uses for the water collected by rain barrels include washing cars or watering a garden.
Compost bins are a great way to recycle food – like expired fruits and vegetables – that homeowners may have otherwise thrown out. The food will break down to create a nutritional soil for a garden as well as reduce the amount of waste going into landfills.
Several other towns across the nation will be participating in similar events during May. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, will be the host of a rain barrel and compost bin truckload sale on May 19.