Why Compost?

There are many benefits to composting. Food scraps are made out of valuable resources, and when we throw them away, we are removing those nutrients from our soil forever. In landfills, food scraps cost us money to dump and store, and produce dangerous methane emissions.

At home, composting, when done correctly, will stop your trash from stinking (and when combined with good recycling, can all but eliminate your trash runs). Not only this, but it will produce valuable soil with which you can bring life to your garden and landscaping.

Composting in Troy is easy and encouraged. There are many ways you can start composting right away:

Farmers Market Drop Off

Table collecting compost at the marketOne way to start composting is to collect your food scraps in a bag or container and bring them to Transition Troy’s Sustainability and Local Resilience booth at the  Saturday Troy Farmers Market . Any food, including meats and dairy is accepted. Compostable plastics are not accepted.

Tip: collect the scraps in your freezer to completely eliminate any rotting!


Simple backyard compost setup using old fence

Composting in your backyard can be as simple as a corner of your yard where you pile up scraps or as complex as a spinning barrel to consistently aerate your compost and make it work much faster. Choosing which setup is best for you depends on your own situation. For more information, stop by the Troy Zero Waste display at Transition Troy’s Sustainability and Local Resilience booth Saturdays at the Troy Farmers Market, or visit us on Facebook:,  or email us at

We also highly recommend these resources available from the Cornell Cooperative Extention.

In 2010, The Citizens Working Group on Composting did a six-month study and produced a widely lauded 70-page report which it subsequently presented to the Troy City Council. Prior to that, in 2000, a group at RPI produced a report promoting a pay as you throw (PAYT) policy for solid waste in Troy.

Community Composting

Great information in the Highfields Center Growing Local Fertility: A Guide to Community Composting

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