The Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (MSWAB), a citizen advisory board appointed jointly by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and New York City Council members representing districts in Manhattan, announces its 8th Annual Community-Scale Composting Grant to provide funding assistance for community, small-scale organic waste diversion initiatives across the city in 2019.
The SWAB membership consists of individuals from community boards, recycling and carting industries, environmental organizations, property owners, tenant organizations and members of the general public. The MSWAB advises the Manhattan Borough President, City Council and City administration regarding the development, promotion and operation of the city’s recycling program. Recommendations for the city’s recycling program include methods to encourage greater participation, educate the public and increase waste diversion rates.
Citizens Committee for New York City works with a wide network of grassroots groups across the five boroughs, supporting resident-led groups working in low-income neighborhoods undertaking projects addressing issues that they identify as important to them. In 2018, we awarded over $1.9 million in grants and services and provided hundreds of hours of skills-building workshops and project-planning assistance to 461 resident-led groups. In addition to grants, Citizens Committee provides resources, workshops, and project planning assistance to resident-led groups from across New York City.
The Manhattan SWAB, the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, and the Citizens Committee believe that organic waste diversion is central to the City’s goal of zero waste to landfills and incinerators by 2030. We believe that we can reinforce this goal through this grant program in supporting community-based groups to compost in their communities, diverting organic waste and in the process reaching members of their community and providing an invaluable education service to familiarize New York City residents with the concepts and benefits of local management of our organic waste.
Properly managed, the small-scale local processing of organic materials produces compost, a natural soil amendment, and delivers many environmental benefits to communities. Compost increases the nutrient content and moisture retention of soil and eliminates the need for chemical fertilizers. Diverting organics from landfills also reduces the production of methane (a potent greenhouse gas) and leachate, a potential fresh water contaminates. Additionally, local organics separation and diversion can spur business opportunities, such as pedal powered micro-haulers and reduce costs associated with bagged landfill waste litter and cleanup.
Since its inception in 2011 the program has granted over $158,197 to 216 groups to undertake composting projects in their neighborhoods in all five boroughs.
Provide funding assistance for
community, small-scale organic waste diversion initiative in all five boroughs
Encourage initiatives that utilize
environmentally preferable alternatives to long-distance waste export while
also protecting our water bodies from excessive nutrient loading
Promote initiatives that generate
soil amendments for gardens, parks, street trees, landscaping and/or are
marketed as a product
If you have any questions, please
contact Katie Grassle at 212.822.9567 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All selections will be made solely by the
members of the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (SWAB) and Citizens
Committee, and awards will be announced by April 19, 2019.