The Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board

The Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (MSWAB) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to helping NYC achieve its zero waste goals. We advise the Manhattan Borough President, City Council and City Administration on policies and programs regarding the development, promotion and operation of the City’s waste prevention, reuse and recycling programs. We are a Board comprised of solid waste management industry, waste reduction and diversion consultants, sustainability professionals, and concerned citizens, appointed by the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, representing individuals and organizations located in Manhattan. We hold monthly meetings, provide information online, and have a number of active committees, all of which are open to the public.

Reuse and Repair Grant

The Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (SWAB) is partnering with Citizens Committee for New York City and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer to launch our newest grant initiative: NYC Reuse and Repair.  The goal of the grant is to support New York City in reusing, repairing, and refurbishing 100% of all discarded products that can be reused in some capacity, with the balance being recycled.

Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to start new reuse or repair projects, undertake related research projects, or initiate other activities which will help lead to replicable reuse or repair models in all five boroughs of New York City.

Proposals must be completed and submitted by 11:59pm, September 12, 2017.

Polystyrene Legislation

On May 12, 2017, the Manhattan SWAB testified in the New York City Council against INT 1480, a bill to establish polystyrene as recyclable, and in support of INT 1596, a bill to ban polystyrene in NYC. Read our testimony here.

Monthly SWAB Meetings

Join us at our next meeting! SWAB meetings are open to the public, and occur on the second Wednesday of every month from 6pm to 8pm.

The Manhattan SWAB will not meet in July or August for Summer Break. The next Board Meeting will be Wednesday, September 13th.


Bank of America Tower, 48th Floor

1 Bryant Park

New York, NY, 10036