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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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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Women’s Council

The Women’s Council fosters the professional development of women in the waste industry while striving to increase their business, financial and leadership skills through education, workshops, mentoring, and networking. In addition, the Women’s Council offers scholarships to students in pursuit of a career in the environmental industry.

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To apply to be a member of NWRA's Women's Council please fill out our application and send to Peggy Macenas at

Member Testimonials

“I have been employed in the waste industry for 22 years and a member of the NWRA Women's Council since 2010. The Women’s Council has allowed me to expand my professional network and industry knowledge, forge amazing relationships and establish wonderful friendships along the way. Participating in the Women's Council has allowed me to expand my professional network and industry knowledge, forge amazing relationships and establish wonderful friendships along the way. The ability to work alongside the members of the Women’s Council to bridge those with industry knowledge with those new to the industry has been extremely rewarding. I am very proud of the Women’s Council and what we have accomplished over the years and look forward to continuing to serve the industry!"

- Tammy Holtzman, Waste Connections


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The NWRA Women’s Council is pleased to present Carts on Display, a sponsored art competition that will take place at the 2018 WasteExpo in Las Vegas from April 23 - 26, 2018.

To download the Entry packet, click here.

WasteExpo 2018

April 23 - Women's Council Board and Membership Meeting 1-3pm

April 24 - Women's Council Table at NWRA Awards Breakfast

               (Buy your ticket and come sit at the Women's Council Table)

April 25 - Join members of the Women's Council at the NWRA booth for a split pot raffle

Women's Council Presidents Tour

November 12-15, 2018 - Carmen Smothers,  2018 Women's Council President will host members at ESG Headquarters in Chattanooga.


  • NWRA Women’s Council Receives $100,000 Donation For Academic Scholarship, Read Here.
  • NWRA Women’s Council Will Award $30,000 In Scholarships and Host Art Shor at WasteExpo, Read Here.
  • NWRA Women’s Council Past President, Tammy Holtzman interviewed by Waste Today Magazine. Watch Here.
  • NWRA Women’s Council Board and Membership Meeting at WasteExpo 2017 Meeting notes: 2017-WC-WasteExpo-meeting-notes-rev.pdf
  • NWRA Women's Council 2017 Scholars: Watch Here 

Academic Scholarships

The NWRA Women’s Council established an educational scholarship program in 2007 to assist qualified individuals in their pursuit of an education that will lead to productive careers in the environmental industry. Over $142,000 in scholarships have been awarded. All Association member employees and their dependents are eligible to apply.

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors four scholarships in the amount of $7,500 each will be awarded in 2018.

Apply Here

The 2018 application will remain open until March 1, 2018.


  • Applicants must be either employed by, or be the dependents of persons employed by, members of NWRA.
  • Applicants must be United States citizens and have permanent residence in the United States.
  • Scholarships will be paid only to United States academic institutions and may be used only for tuition and fees. Recipients must be accepted or enrolled at the time of payment to the institution.
  • Applicants may be either male or female.
  • Applicants must be seeking a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, doctorate degree or equivalent. Applicants seeking an associate or technical degree may also be considered.
  • Applicants must have an intention to pursue studies that will promote a career in the environmental industry.

Selection Criteria

The selection of scholarship recipients will be made by the Scholarship Committee of the Women’s Council taking into consideration the following criteria:

  • The Applicant’s indication of interest in pursuing a career in the environmental industry;
  • The Applicant’s record of scholastic achievement;
  • The Applicant’s record of community service; and
  • The Applicant’s recommendations by instructors, employers, or other personal references.


Applicants must submit a complete application by the deadline, including their most recent transcript and a letter of recommendation.

  • Fill in the boxes, make radio button selections or use pull down menus as appropriate.
  • Items marked with red asterisk are mandatory and application cannot be submitted until they all are complete.
  • Users can save partially completed applications and complete them at a later time.
  • Follow the instructions to upload a photo, transcript, essay and letter of recommendation. The Scholarship Committee places emphasis on the essay. Applicants who have been out of school for 10 years or more may request a waiver of the transcript requirement if they are unable to obtain a transcript.

For more information about the Women’s Council Scholarship, contact Peggy Macenas at


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Carmen Smothers
(Environmental Solutions Group)


Vice President

Cheryl Waite President of Perkins 3

Cheryl Waite-Perkins


Dianne Cervantes

Kate Kanaby HR

Kate Kanabay
(Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered)
Scholarship Chair

Faith Zydowsky HR

Faith Zydowsky
(Sierra Container Group)
Fundraising Chair

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Kathy Trent
(Waste Management)

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Katie Evans
(Best Way)

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Sarah Bryant
(Petersen Industries)
Membership/Marketing Chair


Tammy Holtzman
(Waste Connections)
Past President

Peggy Macenas
Staff Liason 

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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