Some readings on the topic:
Them take a look at the workshop materials offered by the Institute for Sustainable Communities.
Finally, browse the podcasts and presentation slides in the Sustainable Materials Management Webinar Series provided by the National Recycling Coalition.
Consider the topics covered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle e.g. What You Can Do: In the Community.
The EPA has a separate section focused on eCycling or electronics recycling, and another site for Sustainability. There is also a competitive grant program called Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE).
Take a look at resources on Urban Innovation & Sustainability from the New York City Economic Development Corporation, especially the links under Food Manufacturing & Retail on the left menu.
Then, look at the programs of the Greater Newark Conservancy (under "What We Do").
Other urban ventures in Essex County include:
Possible funding sources for projects include the U.S. Department of Agiculture's Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program, the Fresh, Healthy Food Access Grant offered by the Whole Cities Foundation, and the Financing and Loan Program of the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation.
Many other sources are listed on the Healthy Food Access Portal.
There are also resources on Sustainability provided by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, including the Sustainable Marketplace: Greener Products and Services.
Explore the many organizations listed at Waste Industry Related Associations & Advocacy Groups. One trade association that is not listed there is the Construction & Demolition Recycling Association.