Sustainable Winchester
Winchester MA 01890

Rain Barrel Program and Bio-Orb® Composters
Save money, conserve water and turn organic waste into garden fertilizer!

Rain Barrel Bio-Orb Composter

Please click here for the 2010 program flier in .pdf.

The Town of Winchester is pleased to announce a partnership with The New England Rain Barrel Company to offer rain barrels to Winchester residents for the reduced price of $74.95 each – a savings of $45 over retail. Bio-Orb® composters are offered at $89.95 – a savings of $40 over retail.

To order call 1-877-977-3135 or visit: (

ORDER must be placed by Fri. June 11th, 2010

PICK UP at the Transfer Station June 17th, 2010, 4-7pm

What is a rain barrel?

  • Innovative way to capture and store rainwater from your rooftop for watering lawns, gardens, & plants.
  • Each barrel holds 55 to 60 gallons of rainwater.
  • Connects easily to gutters and downspouts.
  • Screened louver opening to keep insects and debris out.
  • Comes with two brass fittings – one for overflow and one to connect to a hose for watering.
  • Comes with 5-foot starter hose with shut-off.

Why use a rain barrel?

  • Excellent way to conserve water, save money, and decrease the burden on the Town’s drainage system.
  • Free “soft water” for your plants.
  • The average homeowner uses approximately 40% of their annual water consumption outdoors.
  • A typical roof will shed over 4,000 gallons of water between April and August.
  • A quarter inch of runoff from the average roof will fill the barrel - 5 storms a season equals 275 gallons of free water!


What is the Bio-Orb® Composter?

  • The Bio-Orb® is a closed composting container perfect for urban and suburban gardeners due to its compact size and ease of maintenance.
  • It has a capacity of 13 cubic feet and is made of 100% recycled black plastic that absorbs heat and speeds the breakdown of compost material.
  • The Bio-Orb® is 3-feet in diameter and weights approximately 15-pounds when empty.
  • It is delivered in two sections that can fit in the back seat of any 4-door sedan and is easily assembled without the use of any tools.

Why use a compost bin?

  • Composting is an efficient way to break down organic materials, like yard waste, into an end product that can be used as a soil amendment and is beneficial to plants.
  • The Bio-Orb has a capacity of 13 cubic feet and is made of 100% recycled black plastic to absorb heat.
  • The bin is easily rolled to speed up production of compost.
  • Composting reduces yard waste contributions to landfills, thereby reducing municipal waste disposal costs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The use of compost can reduce or eliminate the need to use chemical fertilizers in the garden.


For more information, visit or contact Beth Rudolph, Assistant Town Engineer at 781-721-7120 or

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