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According to NEAT, these two tools can be fairly important when considering conservation. Composting can reduce weekly garbage accumulation by 30 per cent, and is a great way to maintain a healthy lawn without the use of chemical additives.

Rain Barrels can potentially collect more than half a gallon per square foot of roof coverage for each inch of rain. NEAT also says that collecting and reusing water will lower your monthly water bill and reduce the stress on municipal water infrastructure.

Karen Mason-Bennett, Program Coordinator, says the program is an “appropriate and easy mechanism for conservation and people are getting a really good deal as well.”

This year, composts will be available for $50, while rain barrels will sell for $60. The program requires 500 units sold in order to maintain this reduced price.

Distribution around the Peace Region will take place on a variety of dates. Fort St. John’s will be on May 30 at Municipal Government Day celebrations. Dawson Creek will recieve theirs between May 26-29, specific dates to be determined. Fort Nelson’s will be held June 2 while Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge and Hudson’s Hope will be determined by volume.

To order either a compost or rain barrel, contact the Fort St. John NEAT office at 1-888-689-6328.

The deadline to place an order is May 10.

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