PICKENS COUNTY — Anderson & Pickens Counties Stormwater Partners, a regional consortium of Clemson University’s Carolina Clear program, is offering discounted rain barrels and compost bins at the Bin & Barrel Sale on Oct. 21.
For the second year running, the sale will be held on Solid Green Day. Solid Green is a campus organization that is all about taking pride in Clemson’s campus, taking responsibility for keeping it clean and taking action to help sustain the environment for a better future.
Installing a rain barrel at a house or business is a smart solution to erosion at downspout sites, can save money on water bills, and help to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff due to water not soaking into the ground. Runoff can carry pollutants such as fertilizers, oil, and sediment off lawns and roads and into the nearest waterway.
Composting is another easy solution to stormwater runoff. By turning food scraps and lawn waste into nutrient-rich material that can be used in your garden, you are improving the soil’s ability to absorb water. Composting is also good for the environment because it keeps these nutrients from becoming locked in a landfill.
The 50-gallon Ivy rain barrel and 65-gallon Redmon compost bin are on sale for $68 each and must be pre-ordered online at www.rainbarrelprogram.org/stormwaterpartners by Oct. 15. To order by check and for more information contact Anderson County Extension at 864-226-1581 or Pickens County Extension at 864-878-1394.
Pick up is at the South Carolina Botanical Garden in Clemson on Oct. 21 from 2 p.m. to 6pm. Visit www.clemson.edu/carolinaclear/apcsp for more information.