SPRINGVILLE—Continuing its effort to bring sustainable initiatives to the area, Green Springville has teamed with Erie County and the Western New York Water Coalition to bring rain barrels to residents. Along with the barrels, compost bins, worm bins and other sustainability gardening tools are available.
“Rain barrels reduce stormwater runoff – water that does not soak into the ground – and can transport many pollutants to local waterways,” the program’s website reads. “By using harvested rainwater for watering lawns, gardens, potted plants and for washing off patio furniture and tools, rain barrels conserve water.”
Green Springville will be offering a Southtowns Delivery Program to help bring the program to area residents. A member of Green Springville will pick up orders from Buffalo and deliver the items to Waterman’s Greenhouse for pickup. The delivery programs look to both increase the accessibility of the tools and reduce the carbon footprint by reducing the number of cars on the road.
“Rain barrels are good for the environment … and they’re easy to use,” Ashley Lowry, vice president of Green Springville said. “We’ve had a bit of a demand at our meetings … and I think people are anxious for spring.”
Both the rain barrels and compost bins are user-friendly, Lowry said, and are a good way for people to be a little more “green” at their homes. Utilizing the rain water and compost helps reduce chemicals in the soil and is beneficial to home gardens.
“It really helps reduce the waste in landfills … and can lower your water bill,” she said.
Green Springville is also planning a teaching event for both rain barrels and composting bins, though Lowry said they don’t yet have a date.
“We’ll help teach people how to use the products … and give them better access to these things,” she said.
Prices on the items are 50 percent off retail, the website says. A variety of composting bins are available for purchase. A way to recycle nutrients and return them to the soil, composting helps to enrich soil and reduce the need for chemical fertilizers.
The program runs along with Eire County’s rain barrel contest, which invites schools and youth groups to paint a rain barrel. Springville-Griffith Institute students took home third place in 2017 and second place in 2018.
Orders are due May 25, with pickup in East Concord scheduled for June 9 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. To purchase an item, visit ErieComposterSale.ECwid.com. Those who would like to take advantage of the Southtowns Delivery Program are asked to select the Buffalo location at checkout, then email GreenSpringvilleInfo@gmail.com with the order form and fillable Green Springville release form. Release forms can be obtained from GreenSpringville.Wordpress.com.