Kane County Recycles


Compost Bins & Rain Barrels for Sale

Our official Kane County sale with The Conservation Foundation is now over. Check back on our page in early spring of 2023 for the next sale! 

You can still order a bin or rain barrel directly from The Conservation Foundation at this website. However, you will either need to schedule home delivery for $18.50 or pick your items up on a Thursday at The Conservation Foundation's McDonald Farm, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville.

Why Compost?

Watch Kane County's Recycling Coordinator present the benefits of composting on a webinar recorded Spring of 2022 below!

 

It’s earth-friendl​y:   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.

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​It’s easy:   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.

Source:​ US EPA (archive.epa.gov/wastes/conserve/tools/greenscapes/web/pdf/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 storm​water 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

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