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DuPage County Rain Barrel & Composter Sale

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Pick Up Event Information:
Address: Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 31st., Oak Brook, IL
Dates & Times:
Friday, May 13th 3:00 – 6:00pm
Saturday, May 14th 9:00am – 12:00pm


Make sure to place your order by Sunday, May 8th!


Rain Barrel Frequently Asked Questions


Upcycle Rain Barrels
All the rain barrels are Food Quality High Density Poly Ethylene Barrels that were previously used to ship pickled food overseas. The barrels are cleaned and rinsed them with rain water and PH neutral soap so you never have to worry about harsh contaminants getting on your plants.


There are holes drilled into the lid for the water to drain into from your downspout. The screening keeps out the debris from the roof and keeps the mosquitoes out.


Because all the barrels have a garden hose size spigot at the bottom of the barrels you have several options on how to water your plants since a garden hose, landscape tubing or drip tubing can be attached to the barrel. If you wanted to use a watering can simply situate the barrel on a wooden pedestal. The barrels also have an overflow fitting to allow the excess water that flows from the downspout to be diverted away from the barrel and a linking hose fitting so (2) or more barrels can be joined together and will all fill up from just (1) downspout.


Rain barrels are available in several colors: terra cotta, black, gray, and blue.


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Upcycle Products Composters
Compost your kitchen and yard waste the environmentally safe way. The Upcycle Composter is an upcycled food grade barrel. It is about 4 foot tall and only requires a 3 foot by 4 foot area. This is a lower cost alternative to our standard Tumbling Composter. It is designed for the homeowner who wants to learn the basics of composting with a minimal amount of cost. This composter can be used as a stand alone compost bin or it can be used as a feeder bin for the Tumbling Composter. The best garden tools are those that fit your style. If you prefer to work at waist level, this compost maker is perfect. This Compost Bin is fully assembled.


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Tumbling Composter
Eliminate back strain with this hip level composter. The best garden tools are those that fit your style. If you prefer to work at waist level, this elevated compost maker is perfect. It is made with recycled components, including a pre-used 55 gallon black barrel and a frame made with plastic lumber that is 70% post consumer.


The Upcycle Composter is an upcycled food grade barrel. It is about 4 foot tall and only requires a 3 foot by 4 foot area. You can put it in a smaller area for storage, but you’ll need that much space free from obstacles to spin the barrel and properly aerate the compost.


Using a rocking motion to build momentum, a compost tumbler is relatively easy to turn. However, the composting action will rapidly reduce the content of the barrel to less than half its starting volume.


The three main ingredients that a composter needs is heat, oxygen, and moisture. The best position to place your composter is in full sun or at a minimum partial sun. The barrel holds the heat in all night and does not allow it to cool down like an open bin or stacking bin. The black barrel will absorb heat all day. The center tube aerates the compost pile and allows excess moisture to drain out. The steel bars inside break up the compost and fluff it up for better aeration. The most efficient bacteria, called “aerobes”, need oxygen to do their work. Without oxygen, they cannot survive and anaerobes can take over. Anaerobic bacteria isn’t very good at breaking down compost – those bacteria can slow decomposition down by as much as 90 percent.


Here in the Midwest we can completely compost the product in the barrel in about 4 weeks.


The composters are shipped with all pieces in a kit inside the barrel. We provide full color assembly instructions along with general use instructions.


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Earth Machine Compost Bins
ORBIS (formerly Norseman Environmental). The 80 gallon Earth Machine® is a durable backyard compost bin designed to compost food and yard waste, effectively diverting it from landfills. When residents are encouraged to divert organics from the waste stream and are educated about the benefits of composting, up to 50% of organic waste can be diverted from the waste stream. The Earth Machine is for food and yard waste only.


  • 80 gallon, 300 litre capacity
  • Easy snap together assembly
  • Twist locking lid
  • Harvest door, for easy compost removal
  • Vertical and horizontal ventilation
  • Harvest door, lid and screws included
  • BPA free
  • UV stabilizer is added to resist deterioration from sunlight


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