Troy Zero Waste

Mission of Troy Zero Waste:

To advocate and demonstrate the possibilities for zero waste  for Troy’s  residents, businesses, and public officials  in order to build a cleaner, healthier community and reduce environmental and financial costs to Troy citizens.

The concept behind zero waste is simple. Examine the things that we waste, and find ways to make use of those resources. This guide is divided into 6 parts:

Avoiding Waste

The first thing to consider when reducing the trash we produce, is what can be avoided all together. Are there options to avoid extra packaging? Can you get things used? This section provides many helpful ideas on avoiding waste in the first place.

Single Stream Recycling

This is the curbside recycling available to all citizens of Troy. The City Code requires that you separate your basic recyclables and place them in a recycling bin. These bins are available to all residents at city hall.


Compostable materials are valuable to our soil, and make up 30-40% of our trash. By composting instead, you can make a huge dent in your waste production. Plus it is great for your garden!


Items such as plastic bags, textiles, furniture, building supplies and more can be locally recycled or reused. This section will guide you through the options for keeping these items out of the landfill.


Some items, such as styrofoam blocks, diapers, broken glass, and more can only be put in the landfill. This section will outline what should be put into the landfill and how to avoid these items if possible.


Items such as electronics, batteries, pharmaceuticals, hazardous chemicals, Etc. should never be put in the trash they must be disposed of and/or recycled properly. This section will guide you through the local options for dealing with these items.

Questions about Composting, Recycling, Zero Waste, etc.? Want to get involved? Feel free to contact us at .

2 Responses to Troy Zero Waste

  1. Sheree says:

    O dear. No working links to several if these sections on zero waste. Thanks for your steady work these many years. I know maintaining website is an ongoing chore on shoulders of perennially busy folk.

    • Justin Dupont says:

      We are continuously updating the website. Please let us know what links are no longer valid and we’ll change them. We have also started a wiki site that will contain local sustainability resources.
      This is still in development but I welcome your input and energy to make this a valuable information home. Please create a user ID and feel free to edit and enhance any of the content. The best way to make sure the information is up-to-date is have everyone able to add and correct information.
      Thank you,

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