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Repurposed food containers collect water for your gardens

Written by Donna Stuckert. Posted in Featured, Home & Garden

Published on February 24, 2016 with No Comments

Are you already planning your gardens? The staff at the Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County can help.

One of the highlights of the 2016 Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 16 will be picking up your brand-new rain barrels at the Porter County Expo Center! Well, not brand-new, but new to you.

The barrels you can order through our website, www.ItMeansTheWorld.org, were made out of containers originally used to ship pickled food overseas. Repurposed as rain barrels by Upcycle Products Inc., these containers were diverted from the waste stream where they would have ultimately ended up in a landfill.

You’ll save water for your gardens and reduce the demand to create new molded plastic containers. They are also affordable.

During their transition, the barrels were cleaned and rinsed with PH neutral soap so that the water they collect is ultimately safe for gardens and house plants.

By the way, the District does not make any more off of the barrels; our website is merely a connection point to this company we have partnered with for years.

Here are some fabulous reasons why collecting rain water is a good idea, whether you are on a municipal water source or a well:

  1. First of all, rain water is FREE, and who doesn’t love free stuff? Who couldn’t use more free stuff?
  2. When you use water from your well, you may not be paying for the water, but you’re still paying for the electricity to pump it. By using harvested rain water, you’ll have less strain on your well, its motor, storage and pipes, ultimately saving energy and money.
  3. The chlorine in your drinking water kills living organisms, making the water safe to consume; however, chlorine also kills beneficial bacteria in your garden’s soil that your plants need.
  4. Water is not an infinite resource. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, approximately 2.5 percent of the Earth’s water is fresh, and 68.6 percent of it is locked up in glaciers, 30.1 percent is located in the groundwater table, and 1.3 percent can be found in lakes and rivers. Using rain barrels helps to conserve this natural resource.
  5. Environmental experts and sewer officials say that any reduction of rain water flowing into storm sewers is a good thing for neighborhoods and the environment. Runoff from even moderate rains can quickly develop into major flooding and sanitary-storm sewer overflows.
  6. You’ll be a role model to your kids, who will learn that a rain barrel is a very tangible way to conserve natural resources.
  7. Stored rain water is great all year round, but is especially precious in times of drought and water restrictions.

To order your rain barrel for pickup at the Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration, visit www.ItMeansTheWorld.org.

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About Donna Stuckert

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Donna Stuckert is the Community Education Coordinator for the Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County. She is a communications professional with more than 20 years of experience who enjoys working for the greater good and inspiring others on making a difference. For more information or to reach Stuckert, e-mail DStuckert@ItMeansTheWorld.org.

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