Committees & Councils

Most of NYSAR3's activity results directly from the dedicated work of volunteer members across New York participating on one or more of our committees and councils. Please consider contributing your time to become active on the committee or council of your interest. Contact the chair for more information and to get involved!


College Council

Chair: Melissa Cadwell
The College Council is a program of the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling designed to provide a forum for college students, staff, and faculty to share information about common challenges and best practices related to recycling, waste prevention, and other environmental issues.  The College Council is a membership-based program offering a number of members-only benefits, including its own listserve, an electronic newsletter, regional and statewide workshops, discounted memberships, and conference registration fees.  


Conference Committee

Chair: Debbie Jackson

Co-Chairs:  Killi Timbrook and Bodhi Piedmont-Fleischmann

As part of our organization’s outreach and education efforts, we conduct an annual Recycling Conference and Trade Show in November.   Our membership has sponsored and contributed to these annual events since 1990.  Over the years, thousands of individuals have attended this leading-edge conference and the trickle-down of information and guidance reaches 100,000’s more new Yorkers. 

A great deal of the work goes into this event from arrangements with the hotel, developing the agenda, finding speakers, attracting vendors and sponsors,  

The work of our membership is one of the reasons waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting have a strong foundation in NY.   We need support and assistance from our membership to assure that the Annual Recycling Conference continues to be a premier event.


Elections Committee

Chair: Ken Armellino
The Elections Committee oversees and administers the election procedures for the NYSAR3 Board of Directors


Green Schools Committee

Chair: Alison Chertack
The Green Schools Committee is a program of the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling designed to provide public and private k-12 schools with seed, or start-up money for implementation of recycling and waste reduction programs. Since 2005, over 70 NYS schools have benefitted financially from the program, to say nothing of the environmental benefits achieved by instituting recycling and waste reduction programs in schools.


Legislative Committee

Chair: Bodhi Piedmont-Fleischmann
For more than two decades, the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling (NYSAR3) -- and its members from the public and private sectors -- have played a leadership role in establishing environmental initiatives to reduce waste and increase recycling.   A key part of that effort includes advancing legislation on the state level with a twofold purpose:

  • Promoting public and environmental health, and
  • Creating the sustainable materials management economy of the future.   

NYSAR3’s legislative efforts help create a vibrant state economy and job growth by supporting statewide policies that capture more materials for recycling-related industries. Many of these materials, including plastics and electronics, were formally considered “waste,” and were headed for disposal, but are now the raw materials for new products, and support tens of thousands of jobs throughout New York State.


Media Committee

Chair: Dianne Woske
The media committee handles all press-related and communications activities of the organization including press releases, media inquiries, website content, e-newsletter, and social media.


Membership Committee

Chair: Greg Hancock
The membership committee is focused on recruitment strategies and benefits available to the membership of the organization.


Organics Council

Chair: Jesse Kerns
The Organics Council is a community of more than 60 NYSAR3 members and industry professionals from around NYS committed to recovering edible food and diverting food scraps, yard trimmings, manure, and other organic materials from the waste stream through sustainable materials management strategies (e.g., food recovery, composting, anaerobic digestion, and others). The council works to increase the adoption of these practices across the state through five working groups that collaborate on activities to increase education and outreach; develop end uses and markets for compost; further wasted food reduction efforts; expand organics management infrastructure and share new technologies, and support organics diversion legislation. The council also works collaboratively to coordinate and facilitate the annual NYS Organics Summit.  


Recycling Leadership Awards Committee

Chair: Andrew Radin
Each year, the Recycling Leadership Awards Committee solicits nominations to select individuals and teams who have distinguished themselves by their exceptional contributions to recycling and waste prevention efforts in New York to receive Recycling Leadership Awards in various categories.


Single-Use Plastics ("SUP") Committee

Chair: Gary Carrel
The SUP committee is dedicated to encouraging the source reduction and recycling of single-use plastic items such as bags, bottles, and other beverage vessels, to-go containers, straws, and balloons. The committee is currently focusing on single-use plastic bag source reduction efforts.


Textile Recycling Committee

Chair: Dan Lilkas-Rain
In 2015, the Textile Recycling Committee launched the Re-Clothe NY Coalition, a collaborative group of recyclers, non-profits, and governments working to increase textiles reuse and recycling across New York State. The goal of this campaign was to spur local action from all New York State residents to divert their unwanted textiles from the waste stream through reuse and recycling.