Due to extremely cold conditions, the City is implementing special measures to keep people who are homeless safe. If you see someone who needs shelter, call (215) 232-1984.
In effect: 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 14 until further notice

COVID-19 vaccine

The vaccine is now available for everyone 5 and older! Get your children vaccinated today. Find a City-run vaccine clinic or partner vaccine clinic to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you have questions about vaccination, call (215) 685-5488.

Solid Waste and Recycling Advisory Committee

Advising the City on its waste management and recycling plans, programs, and policies.

Solid Waste and Recycling Advisory Committee

What we do

The Solid Waste and Recycling Advisory Committee (SWRAC) assists and advises the City on its waste management and recycling plans, policies, and programs. Its members include representatives from:

  • Environmental groups.
  • Civic organizations.
  • Recycling and solid waste industry.
  • City agencies.

The mayor appoints SWRAC members based on recommendations from the Department of Streets commissioner and others. All members have voting rights.

SWRAC holds its general meetings on the third Thursday of every other month. These public meetings begin at 3 p.m.

2021 meeting dates

  • January 21, 2021
  • March 18, 2021
  • May 20, 2021
  • July 15, 2021
  • September 16, 2021
  • November 18, 2021

From time to time, SWRAC subcommittees or working groups meet on a different schedule.


1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Suite 730
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Email RecyclingOffice@Phila.gov



Name Title Email Phone
Kelly Offner (co-chair) Executive director, Keep Philadelphia Beautiful
Fern Gookin (co-chair) Vice president, Revolution Recovery
Bob Anderson Vice president, Closed Loop Partners
John R. Embick Attorney at law, Environmental Law
Christine Knapp Director, City of Philadelphia Office of Sustainability
Paul M. Kohl, PE Planning and research manager, City of Philadelphia Water Department
Joseph Otis Minott, Esq. Executive director, Clean Air Council
Chuck Raudenbush Government affairs manager, Waste Management, Inc.
Maurice Sampson Principal, Clean Water Action
Vivian Van Story Founder and president, Community Land Trust Corp.