Interested in joining a SWAB committee? Review the descriptions below to learn more about each committee. To join a committee, please attend the next monthly MSWAB meeting and ask a committee chair, executive committee member, or other SWAB participants for more information.
One does NOT need to be a SWAB member to participate in a SWAB committee. Committee membership is free and open to the public. Meetings usually occur monthly by phone or in person, but every committee has a different process.
Fundraising Committee: | Chair: Matt Civello
The Fundraising Committee leads the SWAB's efforts to raise funds and attract services to carry out the Boards mission. Since 2013, the Fundraising Committee has organized two annual fundraising events: the Fall Community Compost Recognition Fundraiser and the Spring Film Screening. In collaboration with the Manhattan Borough President’s Office and Citizens Committee for New York City, funds earned from these events have been used to support community compost grants.
Legislative Committee | Co-Chairs: Matt Civello and Cullen Howe
The Legislative Committee provides official SWAB opinion and testimony on all legislative initiatives pertaining to solid waste management in New York City. Such initiatives include proposals by local alliances and advocacy organizations, local and state laws, and proposed legislation introduced by the City Council and brought before the Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management.
Long Range Planning Committee | Chair: Maggie Clarke
Messaging Committee | Chair: Debby Lee Cohen
The Messaging Committee focuses on expanding traditional concepts of the city’s public communication of recycling, composting, sorting and overall solid waste reduction. This includes proposing ideas and facilitating discussion on cross-agency collaboration, novel approaches, and taking advantage of untapped resources, such as the city’s highly creative business, media and arts sectors and communities.
Organics Committee | Chair: Marc Shifflett
The Organics Committee works on food waste composting issues, and has spearheaded a small grants program since 2011. The compost grant program is a partnership with the Citizens Committee for New York City and currently awards grants in all five boroughs of NYC.
Pharmaceutical Committee | Chair: Margot Becker
The MSWAB Pharmaceutical Committee seeks to reduce improper disposal of pharmaceutical waste in New York City. We support state-wide legislation to require pharmacies to collect unused and expired pharmaceuticals, paid for by the pharmaceuticals industry. We also support reduced prescribing, when appropriate, and other strategies to reduce the amount of waste pharmaceuticals in homes, medical offices, hospitals, pharmacies, etc.
Founded in 2017, the Residential Recycling Committee’s mission is to enhance waste diversion through reuse and recycling collection in multifamily buildings where the majority of New Yorkers live.
Steering Committee | Chair: Jacquelyn Ottman
Waste Prevention and Reuse Committee | Co-Chairs: Maggie Clarke, Sarah Currie-Halpern
The Waste Prevention and Reuse Committee provides recommendations to the New York City Department of Sanitation, the City Council, and others on legislation, budgets and long-term plans. Committee members make policy recommendations on waste prevention and reuse measures, review, write and/or present testimony on recommendations to government.
Website Committee | Chair: Meredith Danberg-Ficarelli
The Website Committee is responsible for the creation and maintenance of the SWAB's website.