Compost Bin Sale & Rain Barrels

DPW's 2021 Compost Bin Sale pre-order is now closed. Stay tuned in spring 2022 for the next sale.


Compost Bins

Composting is a great way to reduce food waste. A recent Department of Public Works (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 the City of Milwaukee reach its goal of 40% landfill diversion. Learn more about composting at home, through drop offs, and composting collection service providers.

  • If you missed this year's compost bin sale, you can find compost bins for sale at your neighborhood retailers and used models through neighborhood swap websites.

Rain Barrels

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.

Logo for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage DistrictRain barrels will not be available for purchase during DPW's compost bin sale, but you can still purchase a rain barrel without waiting. Visit the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) headquarters lobby Monday through Friday between 8 AM  and 4 PM..

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