Save water, make good fertilizer, keep plastic barrels out of landfills, help a local cause.
You can do all four by purchasing rain barrels and compost tumblers from the North Aurora River District Alliance.
The group, which promotes the use of downtown North Aurora along the Fox River, is selling the items.
Even though NOARDA is not technically an environmental group, it is working to "enhance the natural beauty" of North Aurora's riverfront, said Trustee Chris Faber. North Aurora leaders believe the riverfront is an underused attraction that could spur use of downtown businesses.
"It seemed to kind of fit," said Faber, who is spearheading the sale, and has three rain barrels at his home.
A 1-inch rain on a 1,000-square-foot roof could yield about 540 gallons of water that could be used for outdoor activities such as watering a garden or washing a car. The compost barrel can hold up to 7.3 cubic feet of material.
Order forms can be found on the group's website, noarda.org.
The cost is $75 for one rain barrel, $140 for two. The compost tumblers are $140. Delivery is $5.
NOARDA is also selling linking hoses, flex elbows to connect to downspouts and pedestals for rain barrels.
The barrels, 55 to 60 gallons, used to hold food such as olives and pickles. The rain barrels have been outfitted with screens, spigots and linking and overflow fittings. The compost tumblers are attached to a frame made of recycled wood.
Buyers can pay with cash, check or PayPal. Order forms are available at noarda.org. For more information, call Faber at (630) 327-7800, or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Like many area towns, North Aurora restricts lawn and garden watering, to conserve water. Water customers are only allowed to water between 6 and 9 p.m.