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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Seattle Offers Compost Bins at Huge Discounts

6/15/2009  7:27:00 AM
SPU Customer Service (206) 684-3000

Seattle Offers Compost Bins at Huge Discounts
Homeowners Can Save Hundreds of Dollars

SEATTLE - Seattleites can save 75 percent or more on the cost of high-quality compost bins this summer, thanks to big discounts being offered by Seattle Public Utilities (SPU).

Between now and the end of September, SPU is selling compost bins that normally retail at more than $100 for just $25, helping residents convert food scraps and yard clippings into nutrient-rich compost for their gardens.

With a 19 percent increase this year in the number of households planning to grow their own produce, composting at home can provide the nutrients to help fruits and vegetables flourish naturally.

Carl Woestwin, landscape conservation manager at SPU, said that by composting at home, consumers can have beautiful gardens and thriving vegetable patches without resorting to chemical fertilizers.

“Composting at home is an easy way to turn vegetative waste into a natural soil builder that will help plants flourish and save water,” said Woestwin. “With these discounts, making your own compost at home has never been easier.”

Food scraps and yard waste are valuable resources when composted or used as mulch in the garden. Home composting is a simple way for gardeners to conserve water and build healthy soil, without having to buy compost from the store.

Seattle gardeners can take advantage of two great offers -

  • Green Cone Food Composting Bins Two cones for $40, when purchased together. One cone for $25. Retail cost is more than $100 each. Limit two per household.
  • Yard Waste Compost Bins $25 each. Retail cost is more than $100. Limit one per household.

The compost bins can be purchased at or by calling (206) 684-0190.

The Green Cone food waste composters turn food scraps such as fruits and vegetables, breads and grains, coffee grounds, and tea bags into nutrient-rich compost for customers’ gardens.

The yard waste compost bins transform grass clippings, leaves, dead plants, small twigs, and most weeds into a natural soil builder.

Customers can also purchase high quality rain barrels for $75 plus tax. Rain barrels allow gardeners to collect Seattle’s famed rain for use in their yards. Depending on how much it rains, a rain barrel or two collecting water from a 500 to 600 square-foot roof area can provide enough water to care for the plants and flowerpots on a deck or patio for several weeks.

Home delivery is available for a small delivery charge, or orders can be picked up at the Seattle Conservation Corps office at Sand Point/Magnuson Park, Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sales of compost bins are restricted to City of Seattle residents.

For more information on composting and natural yard care, customers can call or e-mail the Garden Hotline at (206) 633-0224 or help@gardenhotline.or.

In addition to providing solid waste services in Seattle, SPU provides more than 1.3 million customers in the metropolitan area with a reliable water supply and provides essential sewer, drainage and engineering services that safeguard public health, maintain the city’s infrastructure and protect, conserve and enhance the region's environmental resources.

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