What is a rain barrel?
A rain barrel is a container that collects and stores rain water instead of letting it runoff into streets, storm drains and streams. The water in the barrels are used to water lawns and gardens, fill swimming pools or wash cars and bikes. Lawn and garden watering make up 40% of water usage. By using rain barrels, citizens can reduce their water consumption and save money while also protecting the environment. The barrels can come in many different shapes, sizes and colors. The typical size is 55 gallons and is made up of a connection to the downspout, a filter to prevent insects from inhabiting the container, a faucet to allow for use and an overflow pipe to drain excess water.

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1. What is a rain barrel?
2. What are the benefits of rain barrels?
3. Where can I purchase a rain barrel in town?
4. Can I make my own rain barrel?
5. Are rain barrels legal?
6. Rain Barrel Tips:
7. How are other communities handling glass recycling?
8. What are the next steps for glass recycling in Laramie?
9. What are the environmental impacts of recycling?
10. Has the city of Laramie explored any glass recycling options?
11. What is a bottle-to-bottle recycling operation?
12. Why is the city not recycling glass?
13. When was glass recycling in Laramie discontinued?
14. Should we be concerned with hazardous waste?
15. What is household hazardous waste?