ELLSWORTH—The Hancock County Planning Commission (HCPC) is participating in a statewide backyard composting bin sale. Through Sept. 1 a home compost bin and how-to guide with a combined retail value of $100 can be purchased for $48 (tax included). The bin is black and is made of 100-percent recycled plastic. It is approximately 35 inches high and 33 inches wide and large enough for a family of five.
It is estimated that 25 percent of the average household’s waste consists of yard trimmings and kitchen scraps which can be composted.
HCPC also offers recycling bins. The 18-gallon bins are blue and are partially made from recycled materials. The bins are 16.25 inches wide, 25.75 inches long and 14.5 inches tall. They weigh 5 pounds and are rated for an 80 pound payload. They cost $9 each.
Bins are available at the HCPC office at 395 State St., Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.