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.
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.
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.
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
its inception in 2017, the program has granted over $50,576 to 33 reuse and
repair projects in all five boroughs.
● Increase reuse and / or repair of
products and materials
create a culture of reduced consumption and waste
repurposing of products for new uses
● Support data
collection and analysis of local reduce/reuse/repair capabilities and
understanding of reusability and repair of curbside discards
education initiatives, including training for repair and repurposing
● Help create new
reuse/repair/refurbishing jobs in NYC
● Bring reduce,
reuse and repair to neighborhoods in all Community Districts across NYC
awareness and education of reducing, repairing and reusing
● Increase donation
avenues which support waste prevention and reuse
If you have any questions, please contact Carla Naomi
Rodriguez at 212.822.9579 or email@example.com. 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 October 21, 2019.