You Can Help Shape Newton’s Recycling and Composting – Join the Solid Waste Commission

Newton’s Solid Waste Commission (SWC) advises the Mayor and City Council on all aspects of municipal solid waste (“trash”) collection, disposal and recycling. The SWC also monitors and makes recommendations regarding the city’s solid waste activities, and it is developing long-range goals.

Interested Newton residents are encouraged to attend SWC meetings, which are usually held at City Hall on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 6:45-8:15pm. Any resident of the City of Newton can apply for consideration for membership on the SWC. There are no specific educational or vocational requirements, however the SWC seeks representation of residents with expertise or interest in various areas in the field of municipal solid waste disposal, including recycling, composting, resource recovery, hazardous waste environmental engineering, and solid waste collection.

Activities include:

  • Investigation of methods and new technologies of recycling, waste stream reduction, and household hazardous waste collection
  • Monitoring of federal and state laws and regulations and their impact on the city
  • Monitoring and making recommendations relative to the city’s solid waste disposal activity and contracts implementing such activities
  • Applying for applicable grants

Candidates can apply on-line HERE.  Alternatively, candidates may send a completed application (available on the same link), with a statement of interest and resume to:

Coordinator of Boards and Commissions
Newton City Hall, Human Resources
1000 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02459

You can also email your statement and resume to [email protected]


Depending on the open position, the full application will be reviewed by the Mayor or his designee, the President of the City Council or the Chair of the School Committee. All first time appointments require an interview with City Hall staff members. If the candidate is selected for appointment, the recommendation will go to the appropriate Committee of the City Council for review where the candidate will be invited to meet the Committee. The appointment will then go to the full City Council for final review and approval.