BRIT® and the City of Fort Worth Offer New, Heavy-Duty Rain Barrels and Compost Bins in Fall, 2016 Sale


Sale features repurposed rain barrels that come in four different colors and a single color tumbling compost bin


FORT WORTH, Texas – BRIT and the City of Fort Worth will offer heavy-duty 55-gallon rain barrels and 55-gallon compost bins for their fall online sale beginning July 15, 2016, and running through Sept. 2, 2016. Upcycle Products, Inc. of Morris, Illinois is the city’s new supplier and all online sales will be through its easy to use web site at Rain barrel and compost bin pick-up day is Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, from 9 a.m. to noon at BRIT.


Both the rain barrel and tumbling compost bin are repurposed, food quality, high density poly ethylene barrels that were previously used to ship food overseas. Each barrel has been washed and cleaned with a pH neutral soap before shipping.


The repurposed rain barrels come in four different colors to help blend into the homeowner’s landscape - black, terra-cotta, grey, and light blue. Black barrels work well for installation behind a tree or large bush. The terra cotta color blends nicely with red brick homes. For people who prefer to decorate their barrel, then blue is an excellent choice. The tumbling compost bin comes in black only.


Rain barrels feature screened lids which keep debris and insects out while letting water flow from the home’s downspout into the barrel and a garden hose-sized spigot at the bottom of the barrel allowing several plant watering options - garden hose, landscape tubing, or drip tubing. In addition, the barrel has an overflow fitting at the upper end allowing excess water to be diverted away from the barrel. There is a fitting at the lower end, to be used in a linking method with a second rain barrel.


The 55-gallon tumbling compost bin features a heavy-duty frame that will stand up to the elements for years of use. The black bin heats up in the day and retains an amount of heat at night which is important in creating compost. Its center tube aerates the compost pile and allows excess moisture to drain. Steel bars inside the bin break up the compost for better aeration. Assembly is required.


The sale is open to all North Texas-area residents at reduced prices. The rain barrel sale price is $75. The price of the tumbling compost bin is $130. Both can be purchased online with a credit card at: The sale runs from July 15 to Sept. 2. Pick-up day is Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon and will be held in BRIT’s upper two parking lots located inside the BRIT/Fort Worth Botanic Garden complex, 1700 University Drive, Fort Worth, Texas.


"The rain barrel and compost bin sale is open to everyone, not just to Fort Worth residents," said Hilda Zuniga, Fort Worth Water Department. "And, you can purchase as many rain barrels as you would like."

Due to the size of the rain barrels and compost bins, compact car owners are discouraged from trying to pick up more than one at a time.

Helping Get the Word Out

To increase awareness of the fall sale to area residents, Fort Worth is promoting the sale in the July and August issues of the City Times newsletter included in the city’s monthly utility bill. Also, Fort Worth’s Neighborhood Education Office will distribute news of the rain barrel sale to its 320 neighborhood associations via email and through its account that links to the area’s neighborhood private social networks.

Orders must be placed by 11 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2. Rain barrel pick-up date is set for Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1700 University Dr., Fort Worth, Texas 76107, from 9 a.m. to noon.  All who order rain barrels may pick them up at that time.

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