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.
The Manhattan SWAB, the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, and Citizens Committee for New York City believe that organic waste diversion is central to the City’s goal of zero waste to landfills and incinerators by 2030. Supporting community-based groups to compost in their communities helps reinforce this goal. In addition to decreasing waste to landfills and incinerators, 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 $178,057 to 249 groups to undertake composting projects in their neighborhoods in all five boroughs.
● Provide funding assistance for community, small-scale organic waste diversion initiatives in all five boroughs
● Encourage initiatives that utilize environmentally preferable alternatives to long-distance waste export while also reducing the harmful effects on climate from landfill methane release and protecting our drinking water from excessive nutrient runoff.
● Promote initiatives that improve the living soil biology for gardens, parks, street trees, landscaping and incubate ideas that can establish economic opportunities within communities
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members of the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (SWAB) and Citizens
Committee, and awards will be announced by October 21, 2019.