Conservation district offers bins, workshop


LEWISTON – The Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District, 254 Goddard Road, is participating in a statewide backyard composting bin sale. The district is also conducting a conservation plant sale.

A workshop focusing on soil amenities, composting and conservation planting tips will begin the day at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 24. Following the workshop, compost bins and pre-ordered conservation plants can be picked up at the office from 11 a.m. to noon.

The Waste Management and Recycling Program staff has reported, “Every ton of food scraps and yard trimmings residents home compost is one less ton you need to pay for disposal. Residents can save $65.00 for every ton of waste they compost because it is not shipped out of town for disposal.”

The order deadline for compost bins and conservation plants is June 9. The bin comes with a how-to guide and has a combined retail value of $80 for $41.50 plus tax. The bin has a 10-year warranty and is made of 100 percent recycled plastic. It is approximately 35″ high and 33″ wide, or large enough for a family of five.

The conservation plants could be native, a cultivar, of value in controlling erosion issues or for use in an urban environment.

Call Jane Heikkinen at the district office for an order form at 753-9400, ext. 400. There are a limited number of compost bins left and a small number of plants for each variety available.