Compost Bin & Rain Barrel Sale

The City of Milwaukee’s Department of Public Works is excited to sponsor the 9th Annual compost bin and rain barrel sale.  Prices are 50% off retail and quantities are limited. All items must be pre-ordered by April 24th, 2020.

Items MUST be picked up on May 9th. Pick up details below. 

Why Compost?

Composting is a great way to reduce food waste.  A recent DPW study showed that households using backyard compost bins divert 25% of their food waste from the trash! To make great compost add yard waste, such as leaves, garden debris, and grass clippings, in addition to all of your fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds and filters, and other organic materials from your home. You will get a rich compost to make your soil healthier and help Milwaukee move towards reaching our goal of 40% landfill diversion by 2020. 

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works is thrilled to sponsor this event for its 9th consecutive year. Backyard composting helps us meet our goals of reducing landfill waste while the use of rain barrels reduces demand on our storm water infrastructure by limiting runoff and water pollution.

Samantha Longshore
Resource Recovery Program Manager, City of Milwaukee

Why use a Rain Barrel?

There are several environmental benefits associated with rain barrels. Foremost, rain barrels reduce stormwater runoff, this is water that does not soak in to the ground and can transport many pollutants to our local waterways. By using harvested rainwater for watering lawns, gardens, potted plants and for washing off patio furniture and tools, rain barrels conserve water. From a gardening perspective, the natural nutrients in rain water make it far better than tap water, which has chlorine and fluoride in it. With a rain barrel, gardeners can minimize or eliminate their use of chemical fertilizers. 

Another great way to reduce water pollution and runoff is to install a rain garden. The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) offers a wide selection of rain garden plants for up to 50% off retail cost. Visit MMSD’s website for details on plant sales. 

Questions & Pick-Up Location

Questions: call (414) 286 CITY (2489) or visit our homepage

Pick-Up Details:

Pick Up Date: Saturday May 9th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

Pick Up Location: Wilson Recreation Center (4001 S. 20th St.) The northeast parking lot near the softball diamonds.

If you cannot make the above pick-update, you can arrange for another person to pick up your order on your behalf.  Purchases are for pick up on the sale date only. Orders that are not picked up by May 9th will be subject to donation for educational purposes.

Wilson Recreation Center (4001 S. 20th St.), Milwaukee, WI 53221


Saturday May 9th

9:00 AM — 12:00 PM