Category: Sustainability

Manhattanites Invited to Serve on Solid Waste Advisory Board

Information session January 11, Applications accepted through January 29 The Manhattan Borough President’s office is accepting applications for membership on the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (SWAB) through Friday, Jan. 29, and will be welcoming all who live, work, or study in Manhattan and are interested in serving to attend an information session Monday, Jan. 11. “The Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board is a small body with a huge mission:… Read more

Statement by DSNY regarding Organics Collection

To: Borough Presidents, Council Members, Community Boards: A newspaper article reported that over the last few days the organic material collected in the Department of Sanitation curbside organics collection program is being sent to landfill as a result of the closure of the Peninsula compost facility in Delaware. The article is not correct. To be clear, residential Brown Bin material is being composted and will continue to be composted. The… Read more

Promoting Neighborhood Composting With a Visit to Chenchita’s Community Garden in E. Harlem

B.P. Brewer joined Citizens Committee for NYC and Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board to highlight resident-led composting projects helping the city achieve their “Zero Waste” goal Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer joined representatives of the Citizens Committee for New York City and the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board toured Chenchita’s Community Garden in East Harlem and held a press conference highlighting the Community Composting Grant Program’s success in promoting… Read more

Borough President, Solid Waste Advisory Board, and Citizens Committee for NYC Award Community Composting Grants to Groups in All Five Boroughs

Resident-led composting projects will contribute to city’s “Zero Waste” goal by promoting organics recycling NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, the Citizens Committee for New York City, and the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board today jointly announced $20,000 in grant awards for 32 community composting projects in neighborhoods across the city. The announcement comes as International Composting Awareness Week draws to a close. Through the Community Composting… Read more

Borough President Issues Plan to Expand Urban Agriculture

Brewer announces up to $1 million in funding to promote gardening and hydroponics in schools Urban Farming Symposium announced for fall For Immediate Release: April 30, 2015 NEW YORK – At City Hall today, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer released “How Our Gardens Grow, Strategies for Expanding Urban Agriculture,” a report with recommendations for expanding urban agriculture in Manhattan’s schools, senior centers, and public housing facilities. Brewer… Read more

Raising awareness about the NYC Organics Collection Program

My office, in coordination with the NYC Departments of Sanitation (DSNY) and Education (DOE) sponsored “Day of Action” today to help raise awareness about the NYC Organics Collection Program, an effort to cut the solid waste produced by city public school cafeterias and produce nutrient-rich compost in the bargain. During today’s morning school drop-off period, my staff and I fanned out to distribute flyers explaining the… Read more

Brewer statement on Earth Day

Earth Day is an opportunity for all New Yorkers to renew our commitment to protecting the planet – and key ways we can do that are by reducing the amount of waste our City produces and processes, as well as ensuring that new buildings are more energy efficient. In addition to co-sponsoring electronic waste recycling events, my office is working with the Department of Sanitation and the Department of Health… Read more