PORTLAND — The city has begun taking orders for composting bins, wing diggers, kitchen waste pails and water barrels.

City officials will take the orders for the discounted items until April 25 and the items will be available for pickup beginning on May 21.

The compost bins, designed to be large enough to handle the kitchen waste and yard trimmings for a family of five, cost $45, down from the original retail price of $100. They come with a 10-year warranty and are made of 100 percent recycled plastic. The wing diggers for turning compost cost $20 each, kitchen pails for food scraps are $10 each and the 55-gallon rain barrels for collecting water for plants are $60.

The compost bins come with a how-to guide.

The city sold more than 500 bins, diggers, pails and rain barrels last year.

Orders will be taken in person or by mail at the Department of Public Services, 55 Portland Street (Portland ME 04101) and order forms are available online. Checks or money orders should be made out to MRRA (Maine Resource Recovery Association) and must be made when an order is placed.

For more information, call the Department of Public Services at 874-8801