Cllr Swannick said he is determined to drive forward the development of a waste management strategy for the conurbation based on the three Rs - Reduce, Re-use and Recycle - and find a way to bring about change in the current levy system of charging for waste disposal based on Council Tax to a tonnage basis as soon as possible.
Cllr Swannick said: 'The present system does not offer an incentive to those who want to recycle more. We cannot continue to bury our waste in landfill sites and it is clear that people are concerned about the health risks attached to incineration.
'Intensive recycling and composting can make a positive contribution to reducing global warming by cutting energy use and taking pressure off forests and scarce resources. I want Greater Manchester to lead the way in developing markets and uses for recycled materials, creating wealth and jobs in new green industries.
'I see the future of the Waste Disposal Authority as a waste 'diversion' agency as much as a waste disposal authority and I hope that householders throughout the Greater Manchester area - and the private, public and voluntary sectors - will do their bit to reduce the amount of waste they put in their wheelie-bin,' said Councillor Swannick.
Councillor Swannick has lived in Manchester for the past 30 years and is a graduate of Salford University. He has been a councillor since 1998 and chairs Manchester City Council's Physical Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee. His election comes at a time when questions have been raised about the future of the Authority.
Councillor Swannick succeeds Councillor Steve Perkins of Bury Council who has been the Authority's Chair since 1998.