Presto to Showcase its GEOBIN® for Municipal Backyard Compost Programs at the U.S. Composting Council’s Annual Conference

Presto announces it will feature its’ GEOBIN® Composting System at this year’s ‘COMPOST 2016’ tradeshow. Product Manager, Ross Haddock, will be at booth (#513) to answer questions about the GEOBIN composter and its role in the municipal backyard compost programs.

Stop by booth #513 to see how the GEOBIN® can help your municipality

Stop by booth #513 to see how the GEOBIN® can help your municipality

Find out how your municipality can start saving money and reducing landfill waste. Stop by and register for a FREE Municipal Composting Kit.

Key features that make the GEOBIN popular across the country include:

  • Most economical compost bin available (Tiered pricing system available)
  • Compact packaging requires minimal storage in your warehouse/low shipping costs
    -(80 bins/pallet)
  • One of the largest capacities (216 gallon—30 cubic ft.) in the marketplace
  • Adjustable sizing is perfectly suited for any sized yard
Composting made easy with the GEOBIN® Compost System

Composting made easy with the GEOBIN® Compost System

The U.S. Composting Council’s ‘COMPOST 2016’ is the largest composting conference in the world for the organic management industry. Industry leaders travel far-and-wide to discuss all things organic, solve challenges related to the collection of organics and much more. If you’re interested to learn about the latest equipment or strategies used by municipalities across the globe—you need to be in Jacksonville!

Free Compost Kit Helps Municipalities Launch Backyard Composting Programs

The GEOBIN® Municipal Compost Program Guide

The GEOBIN® Municipal Compost Program Guide shows how the GEOBIN® can save municipalities money

To reduce overflowing landfills and the rising costs of waste management tipping fees, more public works professionals are starting to adopt municipal backyard composting programs. For the busy public works manager, researching the best program for their community can be a big undertaking.

The GEOBIN® Compost System can help. To see how, one Municipal Backyard Composting Kit is offered free to waste management professionals around the country starting today. Each kit includes:

  • One GEOBIN® Compost Bin
  • The 1-2-3 Composting Guide – Shows municipalities how easy it is to set up a backyard compost program.
  • Access to the ComPost Municipal News E-Newsletter – Includes best practices and money saving tips from program managers from around the country.
  • A Cost Savings Spreadsheet – Helps municipalities determine their cost savings by starting a backyard composting program.

To receive the Municipal Backyard Composting Kit by mail, public works professionals should visit or call at 800-548-3424. Bulk pricing programs available. Contact us today and see how a backyard composting program can help your community.

Five Ways to Cut Your Food Waste Over the Holiday Season

Five Ways to cut your Food Waste Over the Holiday Season

Fight food waste this holiday season

Minimize your Food Waste with these Tips

The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is filled with copious amounts of eggnog, time spent with family and food—a lot of food. It should come as no surprise to anyone, during this time, household waste increases significantly. Here are five simple steps that will help you reduce your organic waste, while also supporting your local community. Continue reading

GEOBIN® is Proud to Support REAL School Gardens

'Flinging' Food at the GEOBIN® Compost System

‘Flinging’ Food at the GEOBIN® Compost System

The GEOBIN® Compost System is proud to support REAL School Gardens. REAL School Gardens is a national non-profit that builds learning gardens and outdoor classrooms in low-income elementary schools. REAL School Gardens then spends three-years training teachers on how to use a garden to improve academic instruction. Because in addition to getting kids active outside, and connecting them with fresh fruits and vegetables, learning gardens help children learn Math, Science, and Language Arts lessons.

Alison Risso, Director of Marketing & Communications for REAL School Gardens, discussed how this type of program can help students, stating that, “Studies have shown that children are more focused and engaged when they’re learning hands-on lessons outside. Students show more self-direction and they work better in teams (in this type of environment).” The REAL School Gardens program, in particular, has also been shown to double teacher effectiveness and job satisfaction. REAL School Gardens currently serves more than 100 schools, in 10 districts, from Dallas, TX to Washington D.C.

This past September, the non-profit participated in an online fundraising contest called North Texas Giving Day. Every year, thousands of non-profits in North Texas band together to encourage residents to support their favorite cause with an online donation. During last year’s contest, REAL School Gardens staff ate a bug for every $1,000 raised. This year, for every donation they received, they used a giant slingshot to shoot compostable material across a field into a bin. Along the way, children learned fun lessons about projectiles and composting. To help support this event, we provided a GEOBIN® for the D.C. office to use as a target.

In the end, this event was a huge success and raised more than $16,000 in donations, which triggered hundreds of extra dollars to be received in matching funds.

Composting Made Easy with the GEOBIN® Composting System

Composting with the GEOBIN® is as easy as–1,2,3!

Composting is a continuous process year round. But setting up your new compost bin should be a snap. The GEOBIN® Composting System is easy and sets-up in minutes.

  1. To start, unroll your GEOBIN® compost bin to the desired diameter. (The GEOBIN® can be expanded up to 4 feet in diameter–making it one of the largest compost bins, by volume, available).
  2. Finally, and this is all that’s left to do; just simply connect/secure your GEOBIN® composter with the provided closure keys.
  3. Your GEOBIN® is now ready to use.

Composting with the GEOBIN® is as easy as–1,2,3! For a closer look at the GEOBIN® Composting System’s instructions, click here.

How to Get Your Compost Ready for Summer

Get the summer compost that you deserve.

Use these tips for the nutrient-rich compost you deserve

Get Your Compost Ready for Summer

Spring is here, well kind of, and that means that it’s time to start thinking about getting your compost ready for summer. Here are a few tips to help make your compost piles both bountiful and efficient. Continue reading

The GEOBIN Helps Waynesboro, VA Composting Program Soar

A Waynesboro, VA man and his Geobin

Waynesboro, VA Geobin User demonstrating how it works

GEOBIN Helps Virginia Composting Program Soar

Recently, Waynesboro, Virginia’s Public Works Department implemented the GEOBIN® Composting System for their pilot composting program. City officials were pleased that their first GEOBIN shipment quickly ran out and a waiting list needed to be implemented. Continue reading

What Foods are Good for My Compost?

What Foods are Good for My Compost?

Foods I should compost and foods I shouldnt

Let’s Keep Organics Out of Landfills, Together!

When you’ve already made the environmentally conscious and responsible decision to compost, you need to make sure that you are doing so in the right way. Proper composting will ensure that your compost mix is at it’s prime levels and also such that you don’t invite unwanted pests into your compost pile. Most biodegradable foods can be composted, but not all. Through appropriate food choice, you’ll have great, composted soil for any sort of gardening or planting.

Foods That You Can Compost

People that eat more fruits and vegetables have an amazing start to their composting pile. The husks, peels, cores and seeds from all of these food choices will help produce rich soil. Overripe or moldy produce and vegetables are also good for the compost pile and break down easily. Breads and grains are very good candidates for composting as well as stale bread, crackers or pasta. Make sure that none of the bread has been mixed with oil or meat, but otherwise you can feel comfortable adding it into your composting pile.

Coffee grounds are another effective component for your compost pile. Grounds add nitrogen, minerals, carbohydrates and vitamins to the soil and in turn to your plants when they are planted and grow in the composted soil. You can even add paper coffee filters to your composting pile. Tea bags and loose tea leaves are also acceptable compost fodder. Egg shells are a nutritious addition to any composting bin and they add nitrogen, phosphoric acid and calcium carbonate. Make sure to crush the egg shells before adding them to the pile so that they break down more quickly.

Foods Not To Compost

Certain foods are not able to be composted. Make sure that no plastic wrappers, staples or other product packaging is in your pile. Leave out any meat products, oils, fish and bones since these cause unwanted odor and attract rodents. Dairy is also not a good composting addition and should be avoided. If you add these items it will not only cause your compost pile to smell, but will disrupt the balance of the soils that would otherwise have been nutrient rich.

Composting efforts are important to our earth and can save you money as well. Avoided landfill tipping fees, transportation costs for hauling garbage and free nutrient rich compost all are financial reasons to compost. To learn more about how to get started composting, visit You can get tips on how to compost and even find affordable composting systems.

How Composting Programs Save Municipalities Money

How Composting Programs Save Municipalities Money

Nearly every municipality across the United States currently has some form of a composting initiative. These initiatives keep unnecessary waste such as leaves, grass and food excess out of landfills while providing dark, rich, organic soil for residential gardening. Typical composting is performed at a municipal yard and residents expend fuel and time to haul their materials to the site. In some cases, the municipality provides pickup. However, the best systems use “backyard composting,” which beneficially reuses the waste materials. With ever tightening budgets, municipal backyard composting programs are a great way for communities to become more environmentally conscious while saving money by decreasing landfill waste. Backyard composting programs typically involve a municipality providing compost bins to residents at a subsidized cost or even no charge. Municipalities typically set up compost programs in one of three ways:

  1. Pass on the complete cost of the compost bin to residents
  2. Charge residents a portion of the total cost
  3. Pay the complete amount of the compost bin for residents


Depending on the details of the local composting program, the participation rate, and the tipping fees charged in the area, payback periods may vary, but are routinely a year or less. As an example, we examine Waunakee, a village of 12,295 residents in south central Wisconsin. Other than being “The Only Waunakee in the World,” and difficult to pronounce, it is a typical Wisconsin village.

Using the average citizen waste of 4.43 lbs per day estimated by the US Census Bureau, a landfill tipping fee of $48 per ton from the Dane County Department of Public Works, Highway and Transportation and a relatively low compost bin use rate of 16%, it is easy to calculate the savings for the municipality (see Figure 1 for payback calculation results). It is recommended that Waunakee purchase 950 compost bins for its residents based on the number of citizens per household and the compost bin usage rate. Assuming the purchase price for the compost bins to be $18.50 each and the program is set up with no cost to residents (municipality subsidizes entire cost of bins) the payback to the municipality is less than one year with an initial cost of $17,575. If the residents of Waunakee were to co-pay $5 each for their compost bins the program payback from decreased tipping fees would be roughly eight months with an initial cost of $12,825. The calculations do not include decreased gas/vehicle maintenance for municipal trucks to the landfill which lead to even more cost savings for the participating municipality.

Municipal Composting Savings Chart

Green values are input based on municipality demographics and known values. Orange cells represent cost savings and payback periods. To access the complete composting payback calculation click this image.

As communities seek to save money, yet provide for the need of their residents, “backyard composting” programs offer a great way to draw attention to sustainable initiatives within the community.

This analysis was created by Presto Geosystems, the manufacturer of the Geobin® compost bin. The full version of this analysis can be downloaded from



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