Mayor Madden: City of Troy Awarded Federal Funding for City-Wide Composting Pilot Program by USDA

Mayor Madden: City of Troy Awarded Federal Funding for City-Wide Composting Pilot Program by USDA

City of Troy awarded $88,425 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to launch a free residential composting and food scrap collection pilot program

Two-year program aims to make composting, food scrap separation accessible to Troy residents in collaboration with FoodScraps360 and the Town of Bethlehem

Troy residents can sign-up to participate in the program at

TROY, NY – Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the City of Troy has been awarded an $88,425 grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Resource Conservation Service’s Community Composting and Food Waste Reduction (CCFWR) Project initiative to help launch a residential food scrap collection & composting pilot program in the Collar City. The program is scheduled to launch later this fall.

Mayor Madden said, “Using food scraps to create compost supports efforts to promote sustainability and urban agriculture here in Troy. We are excited to collaborate with the USDA, FoodScraps360, and the Town of Bethlehem on this wonderful opportunity to increase residents’ access to composting. This is a small, but important step toward building a greener, more sustainable future for our community, and I encourage interested Troy residents to sign up today. Your participation and feedback will help create a longer-lasting, sustainable model to keep food scraps out of local landfills and reduce costs for local taxpayers.”

The City of Troy’s proposal, “From the Ground Up: An Environmental Stewardship Initiative,” aims to make composting and food scrap separation accessible for Troy residents in collaboration and partnership with local business FoodScraps360 and the Town of Bethlehem’s Composting Facility. The project will engage residents through education and outreach efforts to achieve successful food waste reduction and recovery by addressing the components of the Sustainability Venn Diagram: Community, Environment, and Economy. 

TROY NY logo above green text that reads Composting Program From the Ground Up. An apple core is next to the word The

The pilot program will last for two years. There is no cost for Troy residents to participate. Pilot participants will have their food scraps picked up via curbside-service. Pilot participants will have their food scraps picked up via curbside-service by FoodScraps360, to be sustainably composted into beneficial garden and landscaping products at the Town of Bethlehem’s facility. All materials necessary to participate in the program—including a 5-gallon lidded bucket, countertop food scrap pail, compostable bags, and a list of accepted items—will be provided.

Troy residents may sign-up to participate in the pilot on the City’s website at The sign-up button will bring users to FoodScraps360’s website to complete the signup process. Only Troy residents with a valid Troy address may participate. P.O. boxes cannot be used to sign-up. Opportunities for additional participants will be available for each phase. Commercial entities are not permitted to participate in the program.

Any questions regarding the “From the Ground Up” composting program can be directed to the City Recycling Coordinator, Renee Panetta, and City Recycling Specialist, Naomi Pitkin, via email at [email protected], or (518) 279-7313.

More information on the composting program can be found on the City’s website at


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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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