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Compost Bins & Rain Barrels

SEE PICK UP LOCATION CHANGE- The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works' 2020 Compost Bin and Rain Barrel sale online pre-order is now closed.

Due to additional County Park event cancellations, the pick up location has been moved to Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful (1313 W Mt Vernon Ave, Milwaukee, 53233).

To ensure safe, timely pick ups, a curbside pick up system will be implemented. Individuals who made a purchase during the sale have been emailed information on how to sign up for a curbside pick up timeslot on Friday, June 12th or Saturday, June 13th. 

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. Learn more about composting at home.

  • Purchase compost bins at your neighborhood retailers.

Harvesting rainwater is the perfect complement to composting efforts.  Did you know that one inch of rain falling on a 1,000 square-foot roof harvests up to 600 gallons of rainwater?  Watering your lawn and garden without turning on the tap conserves resources and helps you to save on your water bill. To learn more about rainwater harvesting, visit

  • Purchase rain barrels locally through MMSD.