Over 14,000 Lake County residents know that "compost happens," and now it's even easier to try composting at home thanks to the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County's (SWALCO) compost bin sales program. Residents can choose from two different compost bins at locations and dates all across Lake County.

Both models accept food scraps, grass clippings, leaves and other organic wastes. The "Earth Machine" rests in a typical backyard while waiting to be manually stirred by its owner. It holds approximately 1 cubic yard of material and sells for $20.

The "Tumbler" is a barrel-shaped container that rotates around a metal stand when gently pushed. It holds just over 7 cubic feet of material and sells for $70. Both models are easy to operate, adequately sized to accommodate a typical families' organic food waste, and come with a 10-year warranty. The main difference lies in the amount of time it takes to generate usable compost * 3 weeks for the Tumbler versus 6-8 weeks for the Earth Machine.

For more information, check out the SWALCO website (, or contact the SWALCO office at (847) 336-9340.