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Compost Bins & Rain Barrels

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works' 2020 Compost Bin and Rain Barrel sale is now closed. Stay tuned for our next sale in spring 2021.


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, through drop offs, and composting collection service providers.

  • 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 Fresh Coast Guardians.

  • Purchase rain barrels locally through MMSD.
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