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1550 Crystal Drive, Suite 804, Arlington, VA 22202
T: 800-424-2869, 202-244-4700
F: 202-966-4824

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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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Landfill Operator Certification

NWRA’s certification program, specific to mangers and operators in the landfill industry, is the Certified Landfill Manager (CLM) credential. Our partner, Joyce Engineering, has been nationally recongnized by The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) with the prestigous Authorized Provider accreditation.Learn more about Joyce's expertise in education programs.

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Upcoming Training

Tuesday, July 11 - Thursday, July 13, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM CT

WCA Corporation Training Facility
8515 Hwy 6 South
Houston, TX 77083

Members - $1,095
Non-members - $1,295


NWRA developed the CLM credential to address the specialized needs of the landfill industry and NWRA members. The Certified Landfill Manager credential examination, developed in cooperation with industry experts, promotes best practices in landfill operations, management, environmental compliance and financial performance. An individual who successfully passes the certification exam has a foundational knowledge of industry best practices for landfill design, operations and management. 


Operator, landfill managers and other solid waste professionals who earn the Certified Landfill Manager (CLM) credential know how to apply industry best practices for:

  • the role of landfills in environmental protection
  • the necessary characteristics, design, permitting and equipment requirements of landfills
  • daily operational procedures
  • landfill safety
  • landfill construction and surveying practices
  • landfill monitoring systems
  • landfill financial performance


While some companies and state agencies offer landfill operator training programs, only NWRA can offer the benefit of lessons learned from its member organizations, with a landfill training program that has been around for over 20 years.  We offer training from the professionals, for the professional in the solid waste industry.  Certification validates an individual’s knowledge, skills, and ability via an independent body.


“I’d like to thank your organization for the training you guys provide regarding Landfill Management. I’ve been in the waste industry for well over 20 years and never had a clear understanding of Landfill Management. Your course was very informative and left me with a clear understanding of the day to day functions as well as the compliance concerns that go along with it. It’s a great course for new and old management in the waste industry!”

 Joe Angelle II, Regional EHS Director - WCA Waste Corporation

“I have been in the waste industry for over 20 years with a strong background in collection services.  This course allowed me to get a better understanding of the post collection side of our industry with practical information that I can apply on a day to day basis.  Highly recommend it to entry level people entering the industry or seasoned employees that just want a tune up course.”

Matthew Graham, Regional Vice President -  WCA Waste Corporation


Our Landfill Operator Certification was developed in partnership with Joyce Engineering.

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Contact Info

National Waste & Recycling Association
1550 Crystal Drive, Suite 804
Arlington, VA 22202
T: 800-424-2869 T: 202-244-4700
F: 202-966-4824