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Photo Highlights of the 2013 New York Federation Conference with Trade Show at The Sagamore

  • Technical Seminars-(November and June) - What you need to know to keep current and receive professional training & development credits.
  • NY Federation Conference (May) - Meet colleagues from all northeast states, other local organizations and attend technical programs.
  • Scholarships - Provide assistance to students
  • Committees - Join with members to bring programs of interest to New York
  • Newsletter - Provide current information on current topics. Share your experience with others.
  • Training - Receive invitations to FREE SWANA E-Sessions

A Message from our President

Welcome to the New York State Chapter of SWANA, an organization of solid waste professionals committed to environmental stewardship and the advancement of sustainable environmental technology. Members of the New York Chapter represent all aspects of waste and materials management and come from state and municipal government agencies, private companies, engineering, legal and financial consultants, as well as private citizens with an interest in advancing the state’s materials management practices.

As President of the New York State Chapter of SWANA I am very proud of the Chapter’s accomplishments and the services and benefits that we are able to offer to the Chapter’s membership.

The accomplishments of the New York State Chapter are due to the investment of our membership and the vision of the Chapter’s Board of Directors whose effort and energy have been invaluable with respect to environmental stewardship, and steadily advancing toward a position of sustainability within New York State. I admire these men and women and am privileged to serve alongside them on behalf of the Chapter.

- Mark A. Swyka

On a quarterly basis the New York State Chapter will "spotlight" one New York State facility. Each spotlight feature will provide information, facility photos and contact information. This will provide fellow members with an opportunity to learn more about the various facilities throughout the state and to make new contacts. To have your facility featured contact Debra Smith at

The ecopark facility is one of the first recycling centers in the nation with the ability to simultaneously accept household hazardous waste, pharmaceuticals, and a broad range of recyclable materials.

The Monroe County Department of Environmental Services (DES) has long been known for its commitment to embracing sustainability initiatives to protect the local environment, both internally and with private sector partners, such as Waste Management of New York, LLC (WMNY).

Both DES and WMNY received countless inquiries from residents and customers regarding the availability of outlets for environmentally- friendly methods of diverting a wide variety of solid waste from landfills. In order to best address the community’s growing need for this type of unique resource, DES and WMNY officially joined forces in the fall of 2010 and embarked on a 5-month public/private journey to form the nation’s first-ever ecopark facility.

Instead of erecting a structure from scratch, the county and WMNY identified an under-utilized solid waste and recyclables transfer station owned by WMNY and repurposed the existing building located at 10 Avion Drive in the Town of Chili (a site that already houses the DES composting


facility). The public/private partnership between Monroe County and WMNY and the sharing of ideas and funding between the two entities delivered an environmental solution to waste diversion with minimal impact to local taxpayers.

The ecopark opened its doors to the public on September 21, 2011 as a one-stop-drop off recycling facility where residents can bring their difficult-to-manage items including: electronics, appliances, compost, paper and cardboard, printer cartridges, propane tanks, bulky plastic items, cooking oil/grease, fluorescent lights, sharps and syringes, sneakers, clothing and scrap metal. Special collections are also available for pharmaceutical and medication diversion as well as household hazardous wastes.

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