TROY, NY – Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the Troy Resource Management Facility (formerly known as the Alamo) will accept food scraps to be used for compost starting November 18th. This initiative is part of the Collar City’s ongoing efforts to keep food scraps out of the landfill, and offers residents including those who were unable to participate in the City’s composting pilot program an opportunity to compost. The scraps will be brought by local business FoodScraps360 to the Town of Bethlehem’s composting facility.
Mayor Madden said, “Food scraps and other compostable material accounts for nearly one-third of our City’s total solid waste volume. That’s why we have launched multiple composting opportunities to keep these materials out of local landfills, including a convenient drop-off option for food scraps at the Troy Resource Management Facility. Greater public participation in this program will help reduce our City’s carbon footprint, decrease tipping fee costs that impact local taxpayers, and build a more sustainable future for all Trojans.”
Residents may bring their food scraps to the Troy Resource Management Facility weekly on Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., located at 3000 Main Street (entrance is across from the Rensselaer County Jail). The barrels for food scraps will be located at the back of the facility with a ‘food scraps drop-off sign’ above.
Food scraps should be emptied directly into the barrels, and do not need to be bagged. If using a bag to transport food scraps, residents are asked to empty the contents of their bags into the barrels.
Printed flyers outlining accepted compostable materials will be available on site. To view a digital version of the flyer, visit www.troyny.gov/composting. Additional hours of operation for the drop off program are being explored for the future.
Approximately 30% of household trash is made up of food waste. Compostable materials that are sent to landfills have no chance to break down. 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 build stronger soil for their gardens.
John Salka, Communications Director
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About the City of Troy:
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.