Bookmark and Share

Compost Bins & Rain Barrels

The City of Milwaukee’s Department of Public Works is happy to announce our 8th Annual compost bin and rain barrel sale! All items must be pre-ordered by May 24th, 2019

Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Pre-Order

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 locally at Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful

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 at a wide variety of retailers through MMSD or at Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful