The Brooklyn Solid Waste Advisory Board (BkSWAB) is a volunteer citizens’ advisory board that advises the Brooklyn Borough President on policies and programs regarding NYC’s waste prevention, reuse, and recycling. We care about how waste affects our borough and are working to increase community engagement in order to transform New York City into a place where material recovery is part of our culture. Our diverse group is comprised of solid waste management industry leaders, waste reduction consultants, sustainability professionals, and concerned citizens.
The BkSWAB meets on the first Monday of the month at Brooklyn Borough Hall (currently on Zoom), and meetings are open to the public. We have a number of active committees, all of which are open to the public as well.
The Brooklyn SWAB was created per Local Law 19, the mandatory recycling law established in 1989, which requires a SWAB in each borough. The Bronx SWAB, Manhattan SWAB and Queens SWAB are also currently active.
The BkSWAB aims to carry out the function of the citizens' board as outlined in the NYC Administrative Code, serving as a trusted community resource to the Brooklyn Borough President and City Council members on issues related to waste in our borough.
Become a BkSWAB Member
Thanks for your interest in becoming a BkSWAB member! Membership is FREE, and open to all.
How to apply for membership:
Attend at least 3 of our last 6 monthly board meetings
Download and fill out the membership application
Please send your completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org or hand it to Shari Rueckl in person at the next meeting (you can apply the night of your third meeting). Shari will forward your application to the Brooklyn Borough President.
As a member of the BkSWAB, you are required to:
Attend at least 6 monthly board meetings in the calendar year
Join at least 1 committee (see below), and attend its meetings
Similar to Community Boards, BkSWAB members are appointed by the Brooklyn Borough President.
Oliver Wright, Chair
Shari Rueckl, Vice Chair
Debbie Herdan, Secretary
Elizabeth Royzman, Sergeant at Arms
Akhmose Ari-Hotep, Board Member
Anne Bassen, Board Member
Betty Feibusch, Board Member
Sarah Bloomquist, Board Member
Kendall Christiansen, Board Member
Suzan Frazier, Board Member
Pablo Garcia, Board Member
Rich Grousset, Board Member
Debbie Herdan, Board Member
Kevin Jaksik, Board Member
Rhonda Keyser, Board Member
Celeste McMickle, Board Member
Bella Muccari, Board Member
Dylan Oakley, Board Member
Michael Rieser, Board Member
Claire Sprouse, Board Member
Vandra Thorburn, Board Member
Greg Todd, Board Member
Organics Industry Committee
NYCHA Committee (Liaison to MSWAB led committee)