Single Stream Recycling Presentations Recap

On January 10th 2018, the Manhattan SWAB held a special "long" meeting, with extra seating capacity and presentations about the future of recycling in NYC. The Department of Sanitation Chief of Staff, Greg Anderson, presented on the steps that the City is taking to move our residential recycling system to one that handles glass, metal, plastic, and mixed paper products as a single stream. This differs from the status quo, where NYC's residential buildings currently separate recyclables into two streams: glass/metal/plastic, and mixed paper. 

Greg Anderson's presentation can be found here

Two members of the Manhattan SWAB followed Greg's presentation with their own, a dive into the research on Single Stream recycling, through the lens of experiences in other Cities in North America. 

The MSWAB members' slides can be found here

Reuse and Repair Grantees, Fall 2017

We are very proud of our Reuse and Repair Grant projects, and are so pleased to have provided $24,025 in funds to 16 projects, in partnership with Citizens Committee for New York City

We will update this page soon with links, blurbs, and images for each project!

Caldwell Enrichment Program: Waste Not Project - $800

Fixers Collective : Repair Cafes and Best Practices Guide Creation - $1,210

GOOD+ Foundation : New Infrastructure for Organizing Clothing Donation - $1,000

HarborLAB : The Reused Rover - $1,250

Los Herederos : The Sonicycle! "Recycle a Bicycle Borough Bounce - $2,000

Marcus Garvey Park Alliance : The Art of Adaptive Reuse - $500

Mott Hall Community School : Mott Hall Community School’s Bike Repair Shop - $750

Pop Up Repair : Veterans Repair Apprenticeship Program - $2,000

Pop Up Repair : Pop Up Repair Citywide - $1,500

Remade in Brooklyn : Launch - $1,700

RPGA Studio : Queens Power Tool Learning and Lending Library - $1,780

Sadhana : Project Prithvi - $1,900

Smiling Hogshead Ranch : Re-Bicycle - $1,950

Staten Island Arts - $2,000

Sue Rock Originals Everyone - $1,685

TIME'S UP! : Community Bicycle Recycling Education for You and the Planet - $2,000

What is "Zero Waste"?

The MSWAB adopted the Zero Waste International Alliance's definition of Zero Waste. The definition is as follows: 

Zero Waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use.

Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them.

Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health.

Learn more about ZWIA and their Zero Waste definition here

Thank You, Fall Fundraiser Sponsors!

Thank you for attending, donating to, or sponsoring our 1st annual NYC Reuse & Repair Grant Fundraiser on Nov. 16 at Project Farmhouse!!

It was a huge success: the event raised over $12,000; 100% of the proceeds will go towards the NYC Reuse & Repair Grant and Community Compost Grant programs.

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Platinum Sponsor:

 
 
 

Gold Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:

Mr. Lenny Formato

Reuse and Repair Grant: Applications Open

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.

LEARN MORE

2017 City-Wide Community-Scale Composting Grant

2017 City-Wide Community-Scale Composting Grant

Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (SWAB) & Citizens Committee for New York City

Download the Application

Deadline: March 24, 2017

Background

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 6th Annual Community-Scale Composting Grant to provide funding assistance for community, small-scale organic waste diversion initiatives across the city in 2017.

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 2016, we awarded over $1.8 million in grants and services and provided hundreds of hours of skills-building workshops and project-planning assistance to 420 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 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.

Since the recycling of organic materials is a natural process, that if properly managed will provide compost, a natural soil amendment, we believe on-site composting systems can deliver many environmental benefits. Compost increases the nutrient content and moisture retention of soil and can also eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers. Diverting compost from landfills prevents the production of methane gas, a potent greenhouse gas, and the formulation of leachate from landfills. Additionally, composting can offer economic benefits.

Since its inception in 2011 the program has granted over $135,457 to 180 groups to undertake composting projects in their neighborhoods in all five boroughs.

Goals

  • 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 kgrassle@citizensnyc.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 21, 2017.

Download the Application

Deadline: March 24, 2017

2016 Compost Grant

2016 City-­Wide Community-­Scale Composting Grant

THE 2016 GRANT CYCLE IS CLOSED

Background 
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 6th Annual Community-­‐Scale Composting Grant to provide funding assistance for community, small-­‐scale organic waste diversion initiatives across the city in 2016.

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 2015, we awarded over $1.6 Million in grants and services and provided hundreds of hours of skills-­‐building workshops and project‐planning assistance to 367 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 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.  

Since the recycling of organic materials is a natural process, that if properly managed will provide compost, a natural soil amendment, we believe on-­‐site composting systems can deliver many environmental benefits. Compost increases the nutrient content and moisture retention of soil and can also eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers. Diverting compost from landfills prevents the production of methane gas, a potent greenhouse gas, and the formulation of leachate from landfills. Additionally, composting can offer economic benefits. 

Since its inception in 2011 the program has granted over $91,457 to 146 groups to undertake composting projects in their neighborhoods in all five boroughs. 

Applications:
Send completed proposal no later than March 25, 2016 to sbernards@citizensnyc.org or by mail to:

Citizens Committee for New York City
Attn: Sabine Bernards
77 Water Street, Suite 202  
New York, NY 10005

If you have any questions, please contact Sabine Bernards at 212.822.9578 or sbernards@citizensnyc.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 24, 2016. 

Goals:

  • 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

Available Funds: 
Small grants, ranging from $100 to $750 will be available to awardees. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Completed proposal submitted by March 25, 2016

  • Community association, community garden, friends of park group, housing development group, nonprofit, school, college/university, hospital, or private business

  • Site(s) for initiative must be located entirely in the five boroughs of New York City

  • Previous compost grantees may apply to expand or continue their past work

  • Group must have permission to start or expand this project in the form of a letter of support or contract

Limitations: 
Funds should be used for building/purchasing equipment and tools for a compost system as well as signage or other resources for community outreach.  Funds cannot be used for planning or personnel expenses. Awardees must assume all liability for their projects and execute an agreement governing the project.

Selection Criteria:

  • Completeness of proposal requirements (application)Ability to recreate model in other neighborhoods

  • Ability to recreate model in other neighborhoods

  • Ability to educate target audience about the value of composting

  • Total estimated diversion rate

  • Ability to quantitatively track outcomes of the initiative (roughly measure the amount of food scarps diverted)

  • Ability to financially sustain the initiative/present a cost effective model

  • Ability to realize project, i.e., site permissions, track record of group

THE 2016 GRANT CYCLE IS CLOSED