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The National Waste & Recycling Association is the leading organization providing leadership, advocacy, research, education and safety expertise for the waste and recycling industries. NWRA advocates at the Federal, State and Local levels on all issues of importance to our member companies as they provide safe, economically sustainable and environmentally sound services to communities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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Bringing Safety to the Forefront

Refuse and recyclable material collectors rank fifth on the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics' list of most dangerous jobs. In 2017, the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries identified 30 fatalities among these collectors. This year, in January alone, 17 fatal incidents have occurred in the solid waste industry in the United States and Canada, with two taking place in New York.

​NWRA and SWANA reissue guidance on municipal collection contracts

The National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) recently reissued their Joint Advisory on Designing Contracts for Processing of Municipal Recyclables, which is now updated to include a preface about how China's waste import restrictions have affected the market for recyclable materials. 

NWRA’S Germain co-authors study that finds workers need more training to better handle medical waste

This week, the American Journal of Infection Control published a paper coauthored by National Waste and Recycling Association's (NWRA) Vice-President for Technical and Regulatory Affairs, Anne Germain entitled "A Pilot Survery of the US Medical Waste Industry to Determine Training Needs for Safely Handling Highly Infectious Waste." She was joined by Hal Miller and Richard Thompson, members of NWRA's Healthcare Waste Institute (HWI) as well its chair, Selin Hoboy.


(Arlington, VA) The National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) has joined with a broad collection of associations in a letter urging Congress to make infrastructure a top priority. Among the recommendations is the direct investment of $1 trillion over ten years to improve the safety and efficiency of U.S. infrastructure.

NWRA hands out awards to innovative recycling leaders

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) recognized innovators and leaders in its industry at the annual Executive Leadership Round Table (ELRT). Six awards were given to companies that have made substantial contributions to the American recycling through partnerships, public education, innovations in recycling equipment, and innovations in recycling facilities. Winners were selected by a panel of judges who are professionals in the waste and recycling industry as well as from other technology and education organizations.  

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Darrell K. Smith appointed CEO of National Waste & Recycling Association

The National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Darrell K. Smith as the trade association's President and Chief Executive Officer. The NWRA Board of Trustees announced the selection following a considered and comprehensive search for a leader who understands the invaluable contributions the waste and recycling industry makes to America, who can position the organization as an advocacy powerhouse on the national, state and local stage, and who can provide direction, motivation and new energy to the mission of the trade group.

​NWRA & SWANA issue guidance for elected officials considering emerging waste management technology solutions

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) have announced the development of a briefing for elected officials on emerging waste management technology. This brief, entitled “Effective Responses to Emerging Waste Management Technology Proposals,” was developed to provide municipal leaders with the process and resources necessary to make informed decisions when considering unsolicited proposals, unfamiliar technologies or both.

Waste and recycling companies across U.S. prepare to address industry fatality and accident rates

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) has announced the participation of several leading companies and independent waste and recycling organizations in the fourth in a series of national collaborations on improving safety in the waste and recycling industry.  The 2017 NWRA Safety Stand Down on Vehicle Backing launches on January 23 with a week-long training and awareness initiative focused around reducing accidents, fatalities and injuries related to truck backing incidents that represents a common challenge for the industry. The NWRA Safety Stand-Down on vehicle backing will include a daily focus on safety issues related to backing and will conclude on January 27, 2017.

NWRA releases white paper on the State of Organics Recovery

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) recently released a free white paper on the State of Organics Recovery. Most North Americans are not aware of the fact that organic waste is the largest portion of waste stream by weight. Yet because of this fact, organics recovery is increasingly seen as an option for increasing recovery of materials in the waste stream.