Our Mission

The Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (SWAB) was established in 1989 by Local Law No. 19.  The SWAB is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that is governed by its bylaws.  The organization is dedicated to increasing recycling, reducing solid waste, and advancing solid waste policy in New York City.  We are a Board comprised of waste and recycling industry experts and concerned citizens, appointed by the Manhattan Borough President's Office.  

The Board meets once per month, typically on the second Wednesday of the month, and our meetings are open to the public.  We gather to hear speakers discuss issues related to our mission and to provide a forum for advancing solid waste policy.  The Board also hosts several events and fundraisers annually and collaborates on many other worthwhile programs with partners.

The SWAB meets the second Wednesday of each month, except in July and August, at 6 p.m. at 1 Bryant Park.  If you would like to attend a SWAB meeting, please Contact Us so we can add your name to the security list.  

If you would like to become a member of the SWAB, please complete this application.

Our Structure

The Manhattan SWAB meets once a month.  Each SWAB member is also a member of one, or more, sub-committees, which can be found here.

Our Bylaws

The Manhattan Citizens' Solid Waste Advisory Board  was established pursuant to 16-317 of Local Law No. 19 of the City of New York in 1989.  The full bylaws establishing the Manhattan SWAB can be viewed here.