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Our hope is to gather stakeholders from various sectors of the Composting world under one roof. We will showcase their diverse elements to grow a greater understanding of a burgeoning movement; to inspire innovation and collaboration and to inform, strengthen & empower the network.


For the first hour the following leaders will present their experiences and ideas as a launching point for this developing dynamic series. 

The second hour is then dedicated to a Q&A session and open discussion with the audience. Ken Diamondstone, the chair of the Brooklyn Solid Waste Advisory Board, will serve as moderator.

This event also introduces an action packed weekend where David House will host a 
Biogas Workshop! This two day workshop will give participants a complete understanding of anaerobic digestion and biogas through presentations and a hands-on build of small scale digester units. The workshop will take place on April 26th (9-5) and the 27th (9-3) at the Holstee Work/Shop, 98 4th st #106, Brooklyn, NY 11231. The cost is $215 for two days with an optional $30 core kit. All participants will receive a copy of The Complete Biogas Handbook and a CD featuring digester plans and information on biogas.

Student discounts are available!
Please contact Josh Eichen at with any questions!

Inspiration & Background:


     In June 2012, Mayor Bloomberg announced his initiative to overhaul the waste management system as we know it, mandating Organics Waste Recovery for all of New York City by 2016. This organics waste recovery initiative has sparked an enormous response from the public. At the last city council hearing on Feb 24, Sanitation Policy in NYC: Ideas for the Next Four Years, people flocked to the hearing, testimonies in hand, lines leaking out into the street and wrapping around the building, forcing city council to pool attendees into a secondary meeting hall.

           Why did so many gather? Who are they? What are their ideas?

     Organics Recovery blows open the realm of possibilities for many involved. From Non-profits and technological innovators to small businesses and individual volunteers the focus is Compost. With such an imminent transition on the horizon, the conversation is hot!


     The current trajectory is to centralize the organics recovery, hauling it to Newtown Creek to be processed as gas and transformed into renewable energy. While this is an exciting advancement, what will become of the myriad of large-scale operations and smaller community gardens who have already been successfully composting for years? By recognizing compost as the invaluable ecological resource it is and reserving a portion of the organics collections, we can continue to improve the health of the public, enhance the economy with job creation, beautify the neighborhoods and strengthen and further develop green infrastructure. How might we work together to accomplish the most comprehensive and beneficial plan of action? How can we secure a space in the city's plans for the Composting world to flourish?


     In 1989 New York City Council passed Local Law 19, pioneering the last great city-wide transition in waste management with the mandating of recycling and the establishment of Solid Waste Advisory Boards in each of the five-boroughs. The Brooklyn Solid Waste Advisory Board is dedicated to acting as a conduit of information between the elected officials, community organizations and residents. The Brooklyn SWAB and its new Compost Committee are happy to host this opening conversation inviting all compost stakeholders under one roof.

We believe an open platform for idea sharing would allow an atmosphere for the ultimate exchange, enabling greater understanding, cross-field connections and potential for collaboration.





Many Thanks,

Brooklyn Solid Waste Advisory Board
& the Compost Committee


c/o Ken Diamondstone
200 Clinton Street, Apt 5K
Brooklyn, New York 11201
PH: (718) 522-5437 FX: (718) 522-5437
Email: brooklynswab@gmail, kendime@aol, nancayadel@aol

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