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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

Westchester County’s Material Recovery Facility (MRF)
REDESIGN PROJECT Education Center and Recycled Material Art Gallery


Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino and the Department of Environmental Facilities (DEF) is proud to announce the unveiling of Westchester’s new Recycled Material Art Gallery located in Southern Westchester; a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held April 22nd in celebration of Earth Day. The Recycled Material Art Gallery is located within the Material Recovery Facility’s (MRF) Education Center, where more than 6,000 visitors tour each year.


Since the MRF was built in 1992, the Education Center previously featured outdated displays that failed to incorporate new trends in recycling and new methods of waste disposal. Thus, in September 2013, DEF initiated a series of renovations and upgrades to the Education Center. Now when you enter the facility you are greeted by County Executive Astorino in a welcome video, who reminds tour groups why recycling is important. Visitors are provided with a pamphlet, similar to those found in art galleries, which include each artist’s name, what materials their art is composed of, and a short biography. There are also art gallery sign stands placed in front of each piece, which relate information about the art and relevant recycling facts. With the exception of hand-painted murals (which focus on environmental themes), all physical pieces in the Recycled Material Art Gallery were constructed using recycled or reused materials by Westchester County artists. The installation took six months and thousands of pounds of various recycled and reused materials, including salvaged steel, recycled cans and terracotta tiles, old pens, real leaves, CDs, etc. Each piece is unique and was inspired by different aspects of recycling.

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