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The Future Industry Leaders Alliance (FILA) provides education, networking with a nationwide group of industry leaders, and mentoring to future leaders to prepare them for executive advancement and professional leadership in the waste and recycling industry.

FILA members receive professional development opportunities in Leadership, Finance, Human Resources, Operations, Safety, Public Policy & Advocacy, and Business Development. Through facility tours and educational sessions, FILA members learn about emerging technologies and trends in the industry. FILA also emphasizes giving back to the industry and other charitable organizations by providing its members volunteer opportunities.

Want to learn a little more about FILA? Click here to view this FILA Fact Sheet!


FILA membership is open to members of NWRA who are 45 years of age or younger. Please complete this application or email Mallory Szczepanski at for information on how to join. 

Certificate Program

The FILA Leader Certificate is intended for mid-level managers who aspire to executive roles within the waste and recycling industry.

2020 Calendar of Events

 WasteExpo FILA Reception


2020 FILA Fall Leadership Conference September 14-16, 2020Boston, MA

The FILA Board