Mayor Madden Announces First Backyard Composter and Rain Barrel Sale of 2022

Mayor Madden Announces First Backyard Composter and Rain Barrel Sale of 2022

TROY, NY (December 29, 2021) – Mayor Patrick Madden today announced return of the City’s Backyard Composter and Rain Barrel Sale for the third consecutive year. The program is open to the public, and is part of the City of Troy’s continued efforts to promote sustainable practices and divert compostable items from local landfills.

Backyard composter bins, rain barrels, and other equipment to begin composting at home will available for purchase beginning January 3rd, 2022, at a discounted price. All orders must be completed online by Wednesday, April 6th, 2022.

For a full list of available items, visit

Mayor Madden said, “Cities like Troy are thinking globally and acting locally to confront the challenges of climate change. By composting at home, Troy residents can help reduce our community’s carbon footprint by keeping compostable items like food scraps out of the garbage and create a renewable resource for backyard gardens. We are excited to offer Capital Region residents access to composting equipment at a discounted price in 2022 and promote the benefits of backyard composting & rainwater capture.”

Food waste accounts for 30% of the household trash going into landfills and incinerators. When food scraps reach the landfill they become trapped under other items, trapping gases that can negatively affect our environment and increase our city’s carbon footprint.

Pickup Location and Details

The pick-up date is Saturday, April 9th (location TBD).  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].

Local Composting Initiatives

The City of Troy has undertaken a number of local initiatives that promote sustainability, recycling, and waste reduction, including:

For more info on the City’s recycling and sustainability efforts, and to sign up to receive the “Recycling Matters” newsletter, visit


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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.