The National Waste & Recycling Association is located at:

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

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Media: Jessica Mayorga at 202-364-3706 or

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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Future Industry Leaders Alliance

The Future Industry Leaders Alliance (FILA) provides education, networking and mentoring to emerging industry leaders to prepare them for executive advancement and professional leadership in the waste industry.


FILA provides opportunities for members to:

  • Improve and learn new business, financial, management and leadership skills;
  • Network and socialize with peers;
  • Tour other members’ facilities to gain operational insights;
  • Be paired with industry leaders in a mentoring program.



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

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

2017 FILA Annual Leadership Conference

Register Here

Hosted by Waste Industries, Inc. in Raleigh, NC 

September 6-7, 2017

Conference Registration Fee: $300


HYATT House North Hills Raleigh
Reference the Waste Industries Room Block for the negotiated rate
Phone: (919) 363-0771/800-993-4983


Tuesday, September 5
Suggested arrival for attendees
Check into Hotel 
Hyatt Place - North Hills: 160 Park at N Hills St, Raleigh, NC

Wednesday, September 6
8:15 AM - Leadership Training at Hyatt Place.
Leadership training provided by Hidden Brook Communications with a focus on communication and decision-making skills.
Noon – Lunch by Caroll's Kitchen, a local restaurant and job training center for women transitioning from prison.
Presentation by NWRA Leadership 
Continued Training that will adjourn at 4:45 PM
5:30 PM – Meet for Bus Transportation to dinner. Hyatt Place hotel.
6:00-9:00 PM - Dinner at Angus Barn Restaurant.
9401 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC

Thursday, September 7
8:00-8:30 am – EREF Presentation.
8:30 am – Bus ride to NC State.
9:00 AM – 11:45 am EREF/NC State Tour of Research labs. Focuses on learning how science plays a role in solid waste management.
11:45 AM – Take Bus to Neighbor 2 Neighbor Center - 1200 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Noon – 1:00 pm - Lunch by Neighbor Cater, a local business founded by N2N’s Entrepreneurship Initiative.
ESG Organics Material Management Presentation
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Entrepreneurial session in collaboration with Neighbor to Neighbor Program. 
4:00 PM Bus return to hotel 
6:00 PM – 8:00PM – Team Building – Game Night @ Kings Bowling: 141 Park at N Hills St, Raleigh, NC. (1 block from hotel) Heavy snacks and bar provided.

Friday, September 8
Suggested departure for attendees

Rooms are available at Hyatt House Raleigh North Hills
Reference the Waste Industries room block
Phone: (919)-877-9997/800-993-4983

With over 20 years in the world’s premier intelligence service, Hidden Brook Communications ( provides high quality motivational and educational presentations, workshops and conference keynote speeches in leadership, ethics, collaboration, and risk management topics.
A huge thank you to our premier sponsor, Waste Industries.

A huge thank you to our premier sponsor, Waste Industries.

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Jessica Mayorga
T: 202-364-3706

Profiles in Leadership

FILA members have been profiled in NWRA's blog.

2017 Sponsors
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FILA Leadership         


Sean Steves
(Republic Services)

Carmen Smothers web

Zach Martin
(Big Truck Rental)

Laura Hubbard web

Elizabeth Casella
(Casella Waste Systems)


Nate Davis
(Environmental Solutions Group)

Kate Kanaby HR

Josh Thompson
(Waste Industries)


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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