The county commissioners are selling compost bins – for one day only, and at a sharp discount.

The commissioners are teaming up with county Planning Commission to sell the Earth Machine Backyard Compost Bins on Saturday for $40 each, while supplies last. That's a hefty savings from the normal $100 price, thanks to a federal grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, said Dennis Livrone, senior environmental planner for the Planning Commission.

If 1,000 residents composted, they would divert 600,000 pounds of organic debris from the landfill each year, makers of the machine say.

Household waste that can be composted includes fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds and filters, rice, pasta, egg shells, tea bags, stale bread, paper napkins and towels, hair and dryer lint.

Yard waste includes flowers, vegetables, plant trimmings, straw, hay, twigs and small amounts of grass.

The bins will be sold from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, in the Health Department parking lot at 1282 Almshouse Rd. Bring a checks or credit card – cash will not be accepted.

For more information about the bins, go to www.earthmachine.com.