Our Mission

The Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (MSWAB) is a volunteer citizens’ advisory board dedicated to helping NYC achieve its zero waste goals. We advise the Manhattan Borough President, City Council, City Administration and others 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.

We produce two grant programs (the NYC Community Composting Grant and the NYC Reuse and Repair Grant), provide information about waste reduction and diversion in NYC, and maintain a number of active committees, all of which are open to the public. Please visit our website for more information at

The Board meets once per month to hear speakers, discuss issues related to our mission, and propose strategies for advancing solid waste policy. The Board also hosts several events and fundraisers each year and collaborates on a number of worthwhile programs with partners.

The SWAB meets at 6 p.m on the second Wednesday of each month, except in July and August. All meetings are open to the public. 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.