Sustainability News

Edmond Partnership Offering Low-cost Rain Barrels & Composters to Residents

Residents encouraged to conserve water & reduce pollution

For the 3rd year in a row, the Central Oklahoma Storm Water Alliance (COSWA) member cities of Edmond, Yukon, Midwest City, Norman and Oklahoma City, are partnering with Upcycle Products Inc. in a regional effort to encourage Oklahoma residents to conserve water, reduce water pollution, improve air quality, and divert waste from landfills through the use of rain barrels and composters.

The partnership allows Upcycle Products to offer discounted rain barrels at $63.50 and composters at $59.50 or $109.50. To view Upcycle’s products and place an order for pick-up in Edmond, visit edmondok.com/rainbarrels. The online order deadline is 9 am on Monday, March 5th, 2018. All orders may be picked up Saturday, March 10, 2018, from 8 am – 4 pm at the City of Edmond’s Cross Timbers Complex at 2012 Old Timbers Drive.

Rain barrels are a simple, efficient, and low-cost method that reduce the amount of stormwater runoff leaving your property by collecting the water that drains from your home’s gutter system. The stored water can be used to water your lawn and gardens, wash your car or even the dog! Using a rain barrel during the summer months may help reduce your utility bill by easing your reliance on City water.

Small-scale composting diverts food scraps and yard waste, which compose 20-30 % of what we throw away, from landfills. The finished compost can then be applied to your lawn and gardens as a nonchemical fertilizer and will improve the soil’s structure and water retention, and grow healthier, more disease-resistant plants. An additional benefit is that organics recycled in a backyard compost bin have a lower impact on our environment than they would if the materials were dumped in a landfill. The methane produced by organic material breaking down in a landfill is a contributor to global climate change.

For more information about this event, contact Jordan Copeland at (405) 359-4763 or jordan.copeland@edmondok.com.

City of Edmond Stormwater Quality

2018 City of Edmond Rain Barrel & Compost Bin Distribution Event

The City of Edmond is offering a volunteer opportunity for students to work alongside City staff in a regional effort to encourage Oklahoma residents to conserve water, reduce water pollution, improve air quality, and divert waste from landfills through the use of rain barrels and compost bins. 

On Saturday, March 10th from 8AM-4PM, the City of Edmond’s Stormwater Quality Division, in partnership with Upcycle Products, will be hosting a Rain Barrel & Compost Bin Distribution Event at the City of Edmond’s Cross Timbers Municipal Complex at 2012 Old Timbers Dr (SE corner of I-35 and Covell Rd). During 2-hr shifts, volunteers will assist City staff distribute rain barrels, compost bins, and accessories to Edmond residents who placed an order with Upcycle Products during the promotional period.

The event will occur rain or shine so volunteers should wear comfortable clothing, close-toed shoes, and bring sun or rain protection.  Work gloves are also recommended.  Bottled water will be provided. Parking will be available in the parking lot adjacent to the Cross Timber’s Municipal Complex.

If interested, please sign up by Friday, March 2nd at 5:30PM.

To view additional details of the event, please visit the following page on the City of Edmond’s website: edmondok.com/rainbarrels.

Questions? Please contact the event's organizers:

1) Jordan Copeland, 405.359.4763, jordan.copeland@edmondok.com

2) Sarah Ortega, 405.359.4718, sarah.ortega@edmondok.com