Composting

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the City’s composter/rain barrel sale has been EXTENDED.

Pickup of backyard composter / rain barrel equipment has been scheduled for Saturday, July 11th, from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm (location TBA). Contactless pickup procedures will be in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pickup time and location will be confirmed via email prior to the event. Download the full update here.

Composting Bin and Rain Barrel Sale


In 2020, the City announced the first annual Online Backyard Composter and Rain Barrel Sale. The program aims to promote local composting and food waste reduction.

Troy and Capital Region residents can purchase backyard composter bins, rain barrels, and other equipment at bulk prices. The effort was part of the City of Troy’s efforts to divert food scraps from local landfills and promote sustainable practices.

View a full list of available composting and rain barrel equipment available for purchase at https://troycompostersale.ecwid.com/

Orders for composting and rain barrel equipment must be made through the online store. All orders must be completed online by July 1st, 2020.

For more information on this program, call 800-842-0527, or contact Renee Panetta, City Recycling Coordinator, at [email protected]

The City of Troy does not make any warranty or representation, expressed or implied, regarding the items offered for sale by BrandBuilders, LLC.  Purchasers must direct any questions, claims or disputes regarding their purchase to BrandBuilders, LLC.  Purchases that are not picked up at the scheduled pick-up date may be donated and used for educational purposes.

Why Compost?


Over 60 billion pounds of organic material—approximately 30% of household waste—ends up in landfills each year. This disposal method does not allow the organic matter to decompose naturally and takes up space in landfills that are rapidly reaching capacity.

Homeowners who compost help extend the life of local landfills by diverting organic materials. Composting also helps reduce the cost of household garbage collection. Additionally, composting allows homeowners to take advantage of the nutrients that naturally occur in organic materials by using it as a soil amendment for their gardens.