For Immediate Release
February 26, 2020
Mayor Madden Announces Partnership to Promote Residential Composting
TROY, NY – Mayor Madden today announced the launch of the Collar City’s 1st Annual Online Backyard Composter and Rain Barrel Sale to promote composting and food waste reduction. Troy and Capital Region residents can purchase backyard composter bins, rain barrels, and other equipment at bulk prices, 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/
Mayor Madden said, “Composting provides a variety of benefits to residents looking to reduce their environmental footprint and limit food waste from reaching landfills. We encourage residents interested in exploring home composting to take advantage of this valuable opportunity and help build a greener, more sustainable community.”
Benefits of Composting
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.
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.
- Video: The Compost Story – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqDQD8cvO5Y
Pickup Location and Details
Orders for composting and rain barrel equipment must be made through the online store. Items will be ready for pick-up from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm, Saturday, April 4th, 2020, at the Troy Waterfront Farmers’ Market (Troy Atrium, 4th Street entrance, located at 49 4th Street). All orders must be completed online by April 1st.
For more information on this program, call 800-842-0527, or contact Renee Panetta, City Recycling Coordinator, at [email protected]
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John Salka, Deputy Director of Public Information
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