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​NWRA Releases 2021 Federal Legislative & Regulatory Agenda

Twelve policy positions added, three removed from 2020

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The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) has released its 2021 Federal Legislative & Regulatory Agenda covering the First Session of the 117th U.S. Congress. The agenda, created as a resource for congressional offices and regulatory agencies to utilize, updates the waste and recycling industry's policy positions on important federal issues.

"NWRA's 2021 agenda addresses a record-high 40 policy positions on important federal issues impacting the waste and recycling industry. This is up from 31 in 2020 due to anticipated legislative and regulatory actions from the new administration and Congress that present both opportunities and challenges," stated NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. "Our award-winning government affairs team will continue their work to ensure our members can go about their business and provide safe, economically sustainable and environmentally responsible services and jobs that benefit communities throughout America."

NWRA added new policy positions on Environmental Justice, Extended Producer Responsibility, Climate, Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances, Electric Vehicle Tax Credit, Carbon Capture Tax Incentives, Complainant Conflict of Interest, Increasing the Role of Women in the Industry, Department of Labor Overtime Rules and the Department of Labor Persuader Rule while reviving previous positions on Tax Extenders and Occupational Safety and Health Administration Reporting Requirements.

NWRA removed its positions on Tax Corrections Legislation, Regulatory Accountability and China's Recyclable Materials Import Standards and Ban. In doing so, NWRA eliminated its "International Trade Issues" category and moved the position on Import/Export of Waste and Recycling Materials to the "Waste and Recycling Issues" category.

Many federal issues are also addressed at the state level where NWRA is very active through our state chapters. Our chapter leaders work tirelessly to advocate for the waste and recycling industry before state legislatures and regulatory agencies.

Nineteen of the 40 positions have full-length policy papers approved by NWRA's Government Affairs Committee that have been published and linked to the agenda.

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