Compost bins discounted up to 60 percent, free workshops for City residents

If there's ever a time to try composting at home, it's now. Tacoma residents may purchase deeply discounted compost bins...

If there’s ever a time to try composting at home, it’s now. Tacoma residents may purchase deeply discounted compost bins during May and attend free composting workshops throughout the summer.

City of Tacoma Solid Waste Management, in partnership with Metro Parks Tacoma and Washington State Department of Ecology, encourage residents to compost at home to save resources while creating compost, a valuable soil amendment to use on lawns and gardens.

From May 1-31, compost bins will be discounted as follows: Recycler Compost Bin ($35) and Compost Wizard ($115). Compost bin quantities are limited to two bins per household, available only to residents residing within Tacoma city limits.

Compost bins may be purchased at the following locations: Center at Norpoint, 4818 Nassau Ave NE, (253) 591-5504; Seymour Botanical Conservatory, 316 S. G St., (253) 591-5330; South Park Community Center, 4851 S. Tacoma Way, (253) 591-5299; and Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., (253) 591-6439.

Free composting workshops will be held as follows:

— Sat., May 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the hour at Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., (253) 591-6439;

— May 8, June 12, July 10, Aug. 14, Sept. 11 from 11 a.m. to noon at the City of Tacoma EnviroHouse / Tacoma Landfill, 3510 S. Mullen St., (253) 573-2426.

For more information, visit http://www.cityoftacoma.orgcomposting or call Solid Waste Management, (253) 591-5543.

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