Mayor Madden Announces 2nd Annual Residential Composting Program

Mayor Madden Announces 2nd Annual Residential Composting Program

For Immediate Release
February 26, 2021

Mayor Madden Announces 2nd Annual Residential Composting Program

City Continues Collaboration with BrandBuilders to Offer Backyard Compost Bins, Rain Barrels, Other Equipment for Purchase Online at Discounted Prices

Mayor Madden: Program Helps Promote Residential Composting in the Collar City, Assist Local Families Divert Food Waste from Regional Landfills

Program Open to Public, Including Non-City Residents

Deadline to Order Online is Wednesday, May 5th, with Pickup Scheduled for Saturday, May 8th

TROY, NY – Mayor Madden today announced the launch of the City’s 2nd Annual Backyard Composter and Rain Barrel Sale to promote composting and food waste reduction in the Collar City. The program is part of the City’s efforts to promote sustainable practices and divert compostable items away from 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 open to the public, including non-City residents. All orders must be completed online by Wednesday, May 5th.

For a full list of available items, visit 

Mayor Madden said, “Composting provides Troy residents & families a variety of opportunities to reduce their environmental footprint and divert food waste from regional landfill facilities. We’re excited to offer this valuable program again this year, and I encourage residents to explore available composting items to help build a greener, more sustainable Troy.”

The goal of the program is to help residents divert food scraps from the waste stream, and raise awareness on the benefits of composting. Composting helps:

  • Improve or maintain high-quality soil
  • Grow healthy plants
  • Reduce use of fertilizer and pesticides
  • Maintain or improve water quality

Organic waste comprises 30 percent of household trash that reaches landfills and incinerators. Compostable waste deposited in landfills have no chance to decompose. Homeowners who compost will help to extend the life of local landfills, reduce the cost of household garbage collection, and utilize available nutrients in organic waste to create valuable soil for their gardens.

Pickup Details

Orders will be available for pick-up from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Saturday, May 8th, 2021, at the Troy Resource Management Facility (formerly the Alamo), located at the intersection of East Industrial Parkway and Main Street (across from the Rensselaer County Corrections Facility). Due to COVID precautions, all purchasers will be assigned a pickup time. Please 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 Renee Panetta, City Recycling Coordinator, at [email protected]


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