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NWRA Unveils Program to Help Members Grow Export Opportunities

Tuesday, June 4, 2019   (0 Comments)
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June 4, 2019                       


NEEP Aims to Find New and Increase Existing Markets for Recyclables, Equipment, and Services

Arlington, VA – The National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) announced the NWRA Export Expansion Program (NEEP) to provide its member companies with the tools and resources required to access new and increase existing overseas markets for their recyclables, equipment, and services. NWRA’s partnership with Whitmer & Worrall will assist NWRA member companies’ efforts to navigate the complexities of federal agencies governing trade as well as provide opportunities to participate in trade missions.

 “As China closes its doors to foreign recyclables and our member companies continue to seek markets elsewhere, we recognized an opportunity to help our member companies make the right connections with federal agencies that have export-related services,” NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith stated. “I am pleased to announce that NWRA has partnered with Whitmer & Worrall to establish NEEP. This program will help our member companies find new opportunities for their recyclables, goods, and services as well as grow existing markets.”

Gabe Pellathy, who chairs the trade practice at Whitmer & Worrall, will lead the initiative.  Prior to joining Whitmer and Worrall, he served in senior management positions at three global fortune 500 companies, focused on international markets, and has proven experience interacting at the highest levels of federal and state government. He served in senior positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce and the International Trade Administration, leading country-specific export promotion services. In addition, Mr. Pellathy was an attorney in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative within the Executive Office of the President supporting U.S. companies in need of market access advocacy by leveraging U.S. government resources.

“Companies are often unaware of the depth of resources available within the federal government to enter new markets. I look forward to providing strategic counsel and guidance to NWRA and its members who seek to take advantage of NEEP,” said Mr. Pellathy.

Through the program, Whitmer & Worrall will employ a strategy to develop new markets for NWRA members including leveraging various resources of the federal government. NWRA will host an initial webinar for its members about the program on June 26 at 2pm.




The National Waste and Recycling Association represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states, and include companies that manage garbage, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit



Whitmer & Worrall is a bi-partisan government relations and strategic consulting firm headquartered in Washington, D.C. The firm has a successful fourteen-year record in affecting policy and providing business development services for clients across the country.  Bloomberg Government named Whitmer & Worrall one of the nation’s “top-performing” government relations firms of 2017, based on extensive performance criteria, including the firm’s 94 percent client retention rate.  As a firm, Whitmer & Worrall is committed to our clients’ long-term success.


Brandon Wright

National Waste and Recycling Association