LEWISTON – The Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District is participating in a statewide backyard conservation bin and kitchen waste pail sale as part of the Earth Day celebration.

It is estimated that 25 percent of the average household’s waste consists of yard trimmings and kitchen food scraps, which can be easily composted. Residents of Androscoggin and Sagadahoc counties can save money for every ton of waste they compost, because it does not have to be shipped out of the area for disposal.

A home compost bin and how-to guide, with a combined retail value of $80, can be purchased for $47 (tax included) through Saturday, March 31.

The bin is black, has a 10-year warranty, is made of 100 percent recycled plastic and comes in two snap-together pieces (top part fits in base and can be rolled into the back seat of a Neon compact car).

Assembled, it is approximately 35 inches high and 33 inches wide, or large enough for a family of five. Two-gallon kitchen waste pails with a lid, for kitchen food scraps, are also available for $18. Those interested can buy both for the discounted price of $60.

To obtain an order form or more information, contact Jane Heikkinen at 753-9400, ext. 400, or [email protected] Orders and payment must be received by March 31.

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