Kane County Recycles


Compost Bins

Kane County is partnering with The Conservation Foundation to provide affordable Compost Bins and Rain Barrels through a special time-limited program this spring. 
Please see the sale and webinar flyer HERE
  • Order Bins & Barrels online here by May 8th, 2021.​
  • Attend the (optional) informational webinar on April 26th at 7pm to learn how to create an environmentally-friendly yard with the benefits of using a rain barrel and compost bin. Register here. See more info on pg. 2 of the flyer.
  • Pick up your purchased items on May 18th between 3-5pm in St. Charles.
  • Cost: Rain Barrels are $60 each and the Compost Bins are $55 each.

​2021 Notice regarding compost binsThe County has indefinitely suspended the sale of compost bins through the University of Illinois Extension Office at 535 S. Randall Road, St. Charles because the wholesale cost of bins has risen so much that it is the same price to order them online yourselves. Just google Soil Saver Compost Bins


Why Compost?

It’s earth-friendly:   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.

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