Soil Saver Compost Bins are back yard compost bins made available by Kane County at a discounted cost for residents, at:
University of Illinois Extension Office
535 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, IL 60174 • 630-584-6166
Cost: $65.00 cash or check please, payable to Kane County Treasurer
Click here for more details and a picture of the bins.
Food scraps and yard waste make up the largest portion of the waste stream.
Making compost keeps these materials out of landfills, where they take up
precious space and release methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than
carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere.
It benefits your yard:
Compost improves soil structure and texture, increases the soil’s ability to
hold both water and air, improves soil fertility, and stimulates healthy root
development in plants.
You can start with just leaves and grass, then work your way towards composting
your food scraps.
It saves money:
Adding compost to your garden can reduce or eliminate the need to buy chemical
fertilizers or compost. If you pay for yard waste collection bags or stickers,
composting will cut your costs.
US EPA (epa.gov/waste/conserve/tools/greenscapes/pubs/compost-guide.pdf)
Benefits of separating food scraps for composting on a commercial level
. Economic Development
. Extension of landfill life
. Higher and beneficial use of nutrients
. More efficient system
. Cradle to cradle system
Use of Compost Benefits
. Improve soil structure
. Increase heavy traffic soils infiltration, reducing erosion
. Improves water holding capacity in sandy soils
. Supplies a variety of macro and micronutrients
. May control soil-borne plant pathogens
. Reduced stormwater management issues using compost
. Reduced drought issues when using compost
. Increased organic matter in soils when using compost
. Improves ability of soils to hold nutrients for plants
. Supplies beneficial micro-organisms to soils
. Improves & stabilizes soil pH
. Can bind and degrade specific pollutants