Wednesday, May 19, 2010

WLSSD and RSPT to Host Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale


Duluth, MN: The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District and the Regional Stormwater Protection Team will host a one-day rain barrel and backyard compost bin sale at Lake Superior College's lower east parking lot on Saturday, May 22nd, from 9 am – 3 pm.

High-quality rain barrels and compost bins will be available at 50% of retail prices at the event.
Free composting and rain water collection instruction will be offered throughout the day by WLSSD and RSPT representatives.

“This sale is a great way for residents to obtain affordable, high-quality rain barrels and composters,” said Susan Darley-Hill, WLSSD Environmental Program Coordinator. “They are easy to assemble and, once in place, are ready for use.”

Both composting and collecting rainwater can be a great help to gardeners. Collecting rainwater helps reduce stormwater runoff and provides a ready source of water for thirsty plants. Backyard composting creates a natural soil amendment that provides many benefits for lawns and gardens.

The SYSTERN rain barrel will be sold for $50, while supplies last. The 55-gallon SYSTERN can be placed under any downspout and connected together to collect water for use in yards and gardens. Each SYSTERN is designed with a screen to keep water free of debris and mosquitoes. The SYSTERN is made of 50% post consumer plastic and is a neutral tan color.

The Earth Machine® compost bin will be sold for $40, while supplies last. No reservations are necessary. The composter fits in nearly any vehicle and carries a 10-year warranty. When assembled, the bin holds up to 80 gallons (10.5 cubic feet) of compostable material. Compost turners ($15) and kitchen scrap pails ($7) will also be available for purchase. Payment by check or credit card is preferred (Discover, MC, or Visa.)

Lake Superior College is located at 2101 Trinity Road, Duluth. Area residents can access the college’s lower east parking lot from the main driveway off of Trinity Road.

More information about rain barrels and collecting rain water can be found on RSPT’s website at

More information on backyard composting is available on WLSSD’s website at . Residents are reminded that, by ordinance, compost bins must be situated 15 feet from any dwelling in the city of Duluth. Best placement is in a partially shaded area that is convenient for adding or removing material.

Western Lake Superior Sanitary District provides award-winning wastewater and solid waste services to residents, businesses and industries within its 530 square mile legislative boundaries in Southern St. Louis and northern Carlton counties, and is a nationally recognized leader in pollution prevention.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

New carpet literally makes bank teller sick

Today I went to the bank and asked were once the tellers who is usually is always working was. They said she went home sick. Then they went on to say it was from the fumes of a new carpet that was being laid. Or the glue for the new carpet. She had an allergic reaction to it. Well, maybe she is allergic. Or maybe she is the "canary in the coal mine". It should be an warning to us all. If fumes make a person sick then maybe it isn't all that good for you.

There are alternative products to use which are more eco-friendly.