Materials Management

The Materials Management Committee is a vibrant and active group of municipal leaders and grassroots activists working to reduce solid waste and its impact on the environment.  We measure, track, and change waste generation and disposal practices in our communities and in Westchester through programs that expand recycling, re-using, reducing and refusing.  Our efforts include: diverting organic waste through the Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em campaign and composting, increasing recycling and other material diversion through education, and supporting a County plastic bag/Styrofoam ban.   Due to strong interest, we have created two Subcommittees: Outreach/Education and Organic Waste to make recommendations and launch programs that will make a lasting difference for our communities. We hope you will join us!


Nancy Seligman, Mamaroneck Town Supervisor and Stacy Kotorac from Columbia University's Capstone group have presented their project findings on the opportunity and challenges of moving Larchmont/Mamaroneck to a zero waste community. Inquire about their approach, data collection, observations and recommendations.

  1. Join our two active Subcommittees working to reduce solid waste and increase recycling/recovery rates.

* Organic Waste/Composting- working on a technical document for municipalities/businesses interested in composting, expanding leaf mulching and food rescue, and field trips.

* Education/Outreach - working on a baseline survey, educational material, municipality best practices/case studies,and more.
Here is the link to sign up in a google doc spreadsheet!
2. Google Group - share information on our Google group. If you have not been invited to join, please contact Braeden Cohen at and he will send you an invitation!


3. Textile Recycling with Spin Green. If interested in getting more information on how your community can get a Spin Green bin for textile recycling, contact Alex Alvarez at 914-573-3647 or A copy of the their contract agreement is attached - so easy and you get 5 cents for every pound of clothing, stuffed animals, bedding, shoes collected. Check out the bin at the Greenburgh Nature Center parking lot.

4. Looking Forward:
* Earth Day- please help staff  SW tables at Earth Day events and engaging people on our Westchester environmental agenda. Please call Jean Hamerman at 646-712-0535 for more information.
* May Meeting- Terry Laibach, Region 3 Recycling Specialist for New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will join us. She will present on the DEC's "Beyond Waste: Materials Management Plan" and discussing how municipalities can get involved and strategize to help the State meet their waste reduction goals by 2030! We a member of every municipality's sustainability committee present.
*  Tour to MRF: Join the SW MM Committee on a tour of the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Yonkers.  Stay tuned.
Please help us grow! Invite your network to LIKE Sustainable Westchester on Facebook. Join the Sustainable Westchester mailing list. Invite people to attend our meetings. To get more involved or for further inquiries, email Dan Welsh.
See you!
Co-Chairs Jean Hamerman, Petra Kandus, Braeden Cohen
Committee Co Chairs: Jean Hamerman, Braeden Cohen, Petra Kandus

Outreach/Education Sub-Committee Co-Chairs: Andrea Garbarini and Suzi Novak
Organic Waste/Composting Co-Chairs: Braeden Cohen and Gerardo Soto

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