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Begin With The Bin

Begin with the Bin is a public education resource developed by the National Waste & Recycling Association. The site offers information and resources related to the waste and recycling industries.

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Safety Events

Safety is one of the National Waste and Recycling Association’s top priorities.  To further our mission to make our industry safer, NWRA hosts three Safety Stand Downs annually which any company in the industry can participate.

NWRA Professional Development Series

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The Safety Committee has set the host location for the 1st Professional Development Series (PDS) event for 2017 being hosted at Republic Services hauling and training facility in Phoenix, AZ. The event will be held on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 8 AM - 2 PM.  The event will provide attendees with capability building presentations presented by subject matter experts on topics related to: Fire Prevention and Management, Heat Illness Prevention, Distracted Driving, New Driver Training, Safety Culture, Employee Engagement, Crisis Communications on Safety Issues, and Using Technology to Manage Risk. The pre-lunch session will be followed by a round table discussion that will identify how NWRA can support the attendees needs and enable NWRA to successfully deliver on our 3-year Strategic Safety Initiatives.

Republic Services
Hauling and Training Center,
4811 W. Lower Buckeye Road
Phoenix, AZ 85043

Safety Stand Down

Safety Stand Down on Backing

January 23-27, 2017

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This week-long training and awareness effort is focused around reducing accidents, fatalities and injuries related to truck backing incidents which represents a common challenge for the industry. Fatalities caused by backing vehicles continue to be a leading cause of preventable deaths for waste & recycling workers, accounting for nearly 30% of industry worker fatalities in 2015. NHTSA’s extensive research study of 10,092 fatalities of truck crashes involving cars. The study showed that large trucks were at-fault for 87 of 89 backing crash fatalities (98%) involving cars. 

Participation in the stand down means that (name of company) has joined with waste and recycling companies across the country to commit to: 

  1. Conducting  a risk assessment at job sites and review safety policies and procedures for backing.
  2. Review company policies, procedures, consider enhancements, and then training employees on any changes.
  3. Posting Stand Down materials to the company website, in employee meeting rooms and on social media sites.
  4. Using a series of five editions of Safety Monday to share with employees during the event

Register here to pledge to take part in the week-long Stand Down for safety. Participants will receive a toolkit of resources for the Stand Down upon registration.

Please note that if you participates in any of the 2016 Safety Stand Downs, you will automatically be enrolled in this 2017 Stand Down on backing. If you choose not to participate, please email to be removed from the registrants list. 

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Reducing Collisions Webinar

Did you know there are three different kinds of distracted driving? In mid-October, NWRA held a webinar on Reducing Collisions – Going Beyond Distracted Driving.  Click here to experience this informative discussion with Del Lisk, Vice President for Safety Services at Lytx, Scott Franklin, Area Safety Manager for Waste Management and Tony Hargis, NWRA National Safety Director.


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Contact Info

National Waste & Recycling Association
4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20008
T: 800-424-2869 T: 202-244-4700
F: 202-966-4824