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.

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

The "Earth Machine" is easy to operate, adequately sized to accommodate a typical families' organic food waste, and come with a 10-year warranty. Compost is ready within 6-8 weeks for the Earth Machine.

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