Compost Bin & Rain Barrel Sale

Autumn Bin & Barrel Garden Sale
At Edgemont Memorial Park, Montclair
Saturday, October 14th, 9am-1pm

The Essex County Environmental Commission is excited to host our first Bin & Barrel Garden Sale – right on time for putting fall leaves to their best use! Home composting is easy – good for your gardens and good for the Earth – and the right bin helps you get started. And, capturing nature’s rain in a backyard barrel for watering your flowers and plants will also keep your garden “green”.

Our Earth Machine Home Compost Bins and Systern Rain Barrels are now being sold at cost – a deep discount – to any and all Essex County residents! Retailing at home improvement centers for $100, Essex County residents can purchase the USA’s most popular compost bin for only $50 during this “Bin & Barrel” sale. Rain barrels can cost even more, but these 55-gallon beauties are only $65 until October 14.

For easy purchase, simply go to to order your new compost bin and turning tool, rain barrel, leaf corral or kitchen scraps collector. Then, come to our easy pick-up on Saturday, October 14, from 9:00am – 1:00 pm at Edgemont Memorial Park in Montclair, on Valley Road just 1 block south of Watchung Avenue (07042).

There you can learn the simple tricks for successful composting in your own backyard, how and why to set-up and use a rain barrel for your gardens, and more. We will answer any questions you have, and ensure you can get started right away!

Composting is nature’s recycling, turning yard waste and kitchen scraps into a valuable, nutrient-rich soil improver. With smart water conservation, gardening novices or experts get a glimpse of the beautiful ecosystem right in your backyard.

For any questions in advance, feel free to contact the Compost Hotline and Essex Environmental Commission co-Chair Gray Russell at (973) 509-5721.

Tour de Montclair this Sunday

From our friends at Bike & Walk Montclair!

Discover the Fun of Group Rides
See Montclair by Bike!

The Tour de Montclair, a family-friendly bike ride with 6- and 12- mile options, begins on Midland Avenue and takes riders through the 4 wards of Montclair, highlighting parts of town not easily seen by car. Riders cruise by the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens and Nishuane Park, pass the Montclair Art Museum and other great sites around town. All are invited to enjoy the sights at their own pace – fast, slow or anywhere in between! The ride ends back at Midland Avenue where riders can celebrate at the Open Streets Festival — with food, children’s games, and more.2017 Tour

When: Sunday, October 1, ride starts at 10:00am

Where: Midland Avenue between Portland Place and Bloomfield Avenue

What: Lots of fun! Share the news with friends and find information on our website

Save Time/Avoid Lines: Pre-registration online for the 2017 Tour de Montclair is strongly suggested at our online registration page. In addition to Tour entrance, you’ll get a FREE commemorative performance T-shirt (while supplies last) and a one-year membership to Bike&Walk Montclair. Same-day registration will also be available from 9:00 – 9:45am on Midland Avenue at the Tour start location.

Join us for the dedication of the Watchung Park Pollinator Garden!

INFO@MTCENV.ORG Sept. 11, 2017
Additional Contact: Lyle Landon, Co-chair, 201-247- 0288


A dedication of the Pollinator Garden at Watchung Park will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 3 PM. The Pollinator Garden was made possible through grants from ANJEC (Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions) and the Montclair Garden Club to the Montclair Environmental Commission (MEC). The project began last October and would not have been possible without the contribution of over 80 hours of labor performed by MEC, Montclair Garden club members, citizen volunteers and a youth group, who built the raised beds, prepared the soil, purchased the plants and building materials, planted, watered and weeded. The result is a thriving garden of native, deer resistant plants, providing nectar and pollen for bees, birds, butterflies and bats. Educational placards will be posted on the day of the event.

The public is invited to the family-friendly presentation which will include short scientific explanations and musical interludes about bees, birds, butterflies and bats. The importance of pollination to our ecosystems, and its connection to healthy food, will be explained. Councilman Sean Spiller, liaison to MEC, and Councilwoman and Deputy Mayor Robin Schlager will offer opening remarks. The short science segments will be presented by MEC members, the Montclair Community Farms group and other experts. The musical numbers will be performed by local musicians and include Flight of the Bumble Bee (Rimski-Korsakov), Blackbird (Beatles), Butterfly (Mariah Carey) and Bat out of hell (Meatloaf). TV 34 will film the event and it will be the next subject of A Greener Day, MEC’s monthly environmental show. The presenters and Master Gardeners will be on hand afterwards to answer questions from the audience and the mobile farm stand truck will be parked nearby for fresh produce purchases.

The public is encouraged to bring a blanket or folding chairs for comfort. If inclement weather forces a cancellation a notification will be posted on the MEC website: The Montclair Environmental Commission meets monthly at 7:30 PM on the second Wednesday of the month, and the meetings are open to the public.

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