As a result of the Waste Prevention forum, "Damming the Waste Stream", held December 1999, a growing consortium of organizations and individuals has become organized for the purpose of advocating that the government undertake specific waste prevention activities in New York City. The Manhattan Citizens' Solid Waste Advisory Board's (MCSWAB) Waste Prevention Committee was a charter member of this Coalition and is represented on its Steering Committee by Maggie Clarke and Frieda Bradlow.
As of 2002, the Coalition's officers are as follows:
Since spring 2000 the Coalition (consisting of 40 organizations as of September, 2000) has
Statement of Purpose.
The New York City Waste Prevention Coalition is a network of organizations and individuals dedicated to promoting waste prevention as the most responsible, environmentally sound and cost-effective means to solve New York City's mounting solid waste problems. ("Waste Prevention" is defined as the reduction in the weight/volume and/or toxicity of the materials that are generated for disposal or recycling. The means for preventing waste include reduction at the source through improved product and packaging design, consumer education, product reuse, repair & remanufacturing, financial incentives and legislation.)
Our mission is to promote waste prevention in NYC as the primary alternative to wasting both resources and money, and as a public health measure to protect communities from the impacts of solid waste collection, processing, transport and disposal, e.g., landfilling & incineration).
Our mission is carried out through these activities:
- Raising public awareness through outreach & education
- Conducting research and analysis of solid waste problems and waste prevention solutions
- Advocating sound public policy that advances waste prevention at the city, state and federal levels as appropriate.
Waste Prevention Coalition Backgrounder &
NYC Waste Prevention Coalition Bylaws
Current List of Member Organizations and Businesses
Intro 509 of 1995 >> Intro 482 of 1998 >>> Intro 29 of 2002
Since 1993 members of the MCSWAB Waste Prevention committee and others deliberated provisions of environmental procurement legislation and subsequently agency waste prevention practices legislation. First there was Intro 509 of 1995. Then there was Intro 482 of 1998 (see below). The current bill, Intro 29 of 2002 was reintroduced as the first bill of the brand new City Council's Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste in January, 2002. As of February 2003, it has not had a hearing! There have been discussions with Council staff (see our recommendations) and there is hope for movement in 2003.
Please express your support! Please spread the word.
Letters of support and/or written testimony should be sent to Councilmember Michael McMahon c/o Carmen Cognetta, 250 Broadway, New York, NY 10007, with a copy to the Waste Prevention Committee.
On December 11, 1998 Councilmembers Michels and Freed of the New York City Council introduced Intro 482, City Agency Environmental Procurement and Waste Prevention Practices legislation, co-authored by the Waste Prevention Committee. Committee Counsel took further recommendations to strengthen the bill from us and others during summer 2000. Intro 482a was prepared, and it is expected that Council will hold another hearing on this bill in Fall 2000. A 482 Fact Sheet is available.
Waste Prevention Coalition Testimony and Recommendations
|Testimony on Pay as you Throw, Intro 29, Waste-Free NYC, April 2003|
|Why Waste the Future? May, 2002 report Exec Summary|
|Why Waste the Future? May, 2002 report Full Report|
|Waste Prevention Coalition Backgrounder & Position paper, Nov. 2001|
|Budget Testimony to Council Sanitation Committee for FY2003, March 2002:|
Summary by Marjorie
Clarke, Grasscycling, Westchester's
MRF, Bottle Bill Expansion,
Refillable Bottles, Collection Efficiencies, Substitution, Economics Waste Match
|Observations of and Recommendations for Waste Prevention in New York City, Feb. 2002|
|Statement of Marjorie J. Clarke, Ph.D. to Sanitation Committee, NYCity Council, Feb. 2002|
|5-year Waste Prevention Plan for NYC - Spreadsheet of Savings (2001)|
|Detailed 5-year Waste Prevention Plan for NYC (Spring 2000)|
|Summary of 5-year Waste Prevention Budget and Plan (May 2000)|