Just a few years ago, diverting food waste from landfills was perceived as a program that only the most progressive cities and counties could embrace. This attitude is changing, and diverting food waste for composting is becoming a mainstream practice. Cities, counties and even states from California to Connecticut are implementing a wide variety of programs to increase the diversion of food waste. With nearly 25 percent of the total U.S. waste stream made up of organics, finding ways for Troy to recover these materials before they are forever buried in a landfill could help save money, meet measurable environmental goals established in the New York State Solid Waste Management Plan, Climate Smart Communities Pledge, and Capital Region Sustainability Plan, and create a cradle-to-grave system for organics that replenishes nutrients back into the soil and possibly generates renewable energy. Since Troy has recycling and yard waste protocols already in place, it could begin diverting organic material from the landfill by creating food waste composting programs.