Orders accepted online from March-May for pickup in Woodstock, Algonquin, and Lake in the Hills!

Woodstock: Order March 1-May 6. Pickup on May 10th from 10am-3pm or May 11th from 9am-11am at 4622 Dean St, Woodstock.

Algonquin: Order March 1-May 6. Pickup on May 10th from 8am-5pm at Ganek Municipal Center, 2200 Harnish Dr, Algonquin. Can also call 847-658-5808 to schedule alternate pickup time.

Lake in the Hills: Order March 1- May 13. Pickup on May 18th from 11am-2pm at Village of LITH Public Works, 9010 Haligus Rd, Lake in the Hills.

The Upcycle Composter is an upcycled food grade barrel that is BPA free. It is 4 feet tall and only requires a 3 foot by 4 foot area. You can put it in a smaller area for storage, but you'll need that much space free from obstacles to spin the barrel and properly aerate the compost.

Using a rocking motion to build momentum, a compost tumbler is relatively easy to turn. However, the composting action will rapidly reduce the content of the barrel to less than half its starting volume.

Tumbling Composter

The three main ingredients that a composter needs is heat, oxygen, and moisture. The best position to place your composter is in full sun or at a minimum partial sun. The barrel holds the heat in all night and does not allow it to cool down like an open bin or stacking bin. The black barrel will absorb heat all day. The center tube aerates the compost pile and allows excess moisture to drain out. The steel bars inside break up the compost and fluff it up for better aeration. The most efficient bacteria, called "aerobes", need oxygen to do their work. Without oxygen, they cannot survive and anaerobes can take over. Anaerobic bacteria isn't very good at breaking down compost - those bacteria can slow decomposition down by as much as 90 percent.

Here in the Midwest we can completely compost the product in the barrel in about 4 weeks. The composters are shipped with all pieces in a kit inside the barrel. We provide full color assembly instructions along with general use instructions.

Stationary composter

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Vision: A community where people take care of their home – McHenry County – by conserving land and water resources for all generations to come.

Mission: To preserve natural, agricultural and scenic land forever, in and around McHenry County, by working with private landowners, communities and other like-minded partners.