City to Offer Final Backyard Composter and Rain Barrel Sale of 2021

City to Offer Final Backyard Composter and Rain Barrel Sale of 2021

TROY, NY (October 14, 2021) – Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the City of Troy’s final Backyard Composter and Rain Barrel Sale of 2021 to promote home composting and the benefits of food waste reduction in the Collar City. The program is part of the City of Troy’s efforts to encourage environmentally-friendly practices and keep compostable items out of local landfills.

Backyard composter bins, rain barrels, and other equipment to begin composting at home are currently available for purchase at a discounted price. The program is available to the public, including non-City residents. All orders must be completed online by Wednesday, November 10th, 2021.

For a full list of available items, visit

Mayor Madden said, “Composting is an environmentally-friendly way for Troy families to help build a cleaner, greener community. Diverting food scraps and other organic materials from local landfills helps reduce our City’s environmental footprint and creates a renewable resource for local gardens. We are pleased to continue our partnership with BrandBuilders to help increase access to backyard composting, and I encourage Troy families to explore composting opportunities for their home.”

30% of household trash is made up of food waste. Compostable materials sent to landfills have no chance to decompose. Composting helps extend the life of local landfills, lower the cost of household garbage collection for local taxpayers, and uses vitamins in organic waste to create valuable soil for their gardens.

Pickup Location and Details

The date and location for order pick-ups is TBD. The estimated pick-up date is November 13th.  Purchasers will be notified directly with additional details as confirmed. Due to COVID-19 precautions, all purchasers will be assigned a pickup time. (NOTE: All participants will be required to follow strict Covid-19 safety procedures during pickup). 

The City of Troy does not make any warranty or representation, expressed or implied, regarding the compost bins or other equipment offered for sale by BrandBuilders, LLC. Purchasers must direct any questions, claims or disputes regarding their purchase to BrandBuilders,LLC.

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

Troy Goes Green

The Collar City has undertaken a number of local initiatives that promote sustainability, recycling, and waste reduction.

In October, the City was awarded a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help launch a residential food scrap collection & composting pilot program in the Collar City. More information is available at

Earlier this year, the City’s Department of Recycling and Materials Management launched the new ‘CleanUp Troy’ mobile app. The app is part of the City’s ongoing efforts to provide Troy residents with information and resources on City recycling and waste management services, and encourage the public to reduce, reuse, and recycle materials whenever possible.


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John Salka, Communications Director
[email protected] / (518) 279-7131

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Incorporated in 1816, the City of Troy is the seat of Rensselaer County government and the county’s largest municipality by population. Situated on the eastern bank of the Hudson River, the City boasts seven miles of waterfront, a largely-preserved historic downtown, diverse neighborhoods, and several major colleges and universities. Troy’s history as the nation’s largest manufacturer of detachable cuffs and collars earned the City’s nickname “the Collar City.” A former steel & iron manufacturing powerhouse of the 19th and early 20th century, the City is now home to a growing hub of tech, video game development, restaurants, and retail.

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