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by Scrap Magazine | Oct 06, 2020

New York Universities Launch Sustainable Materials Management Center

The State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Syracuse University (both in Syracuse, N.Y.) are creating the New York State Center for Sustainable Materials Management with the help of a $5.75 million, five-year grant from New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation.

The center, which the universities call the first of its kind in the United States, will focus on promoting waste prevention and reduction, especially through packaging reduction and product stewardship; encouraging closed-loop, responsible purchasing; developing markets for recyclables, including fostering entrepreneurship and helping convert manufacturing to using recycled feedstock; community outreach, public education, and stakeholder engagement; and identifying new methods to manage nonrecyclable fibrous materials through composing and conversion.

Syracuse University’s Center for Sustainable Community Solutions will receive $1 million of the grant for statewide outreach and education, in part to revise and expand the “Recycle Right NY” outreach campaign. The campaign aims to reduce waste, promote reuse and repair, improve the quality of recyclables collected, increase the capture rate of recyclables, and increase demand for recycled products. Visit