The Association boasts several councils which are actively engaged across many subject matter areas relevant to our industry. Read more about each council’s mandate and work below.
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.
The council is always looking for new members. If you’re interested in becoming a member of the Women’s Council, please fill out an application online. Current members may log into the member access area here.
The Women’s Council offers a bi-lingual coloring book that can be customized with your logo and a keepsake ornament. Both are available in the E-store.
For more information on the WC, contact:
The Council offers the following support to its members:
Networking and Social Opportunities
There are various outlets for members to interact with one another both professionally and personally. These opportunities are best taken advantage of by attending meetings and events, and becoming involved in one or more committees. Below are a few of our networking and social opportunities during the year:
- Two board and membership meetings are held in conjunction with WasteExpo in the spring and the other with the Executive Leadership Conference in the fall.
- The president of the Women’s Council plans a “members-only” educational conference and/or tour.
- Informal mentoring opportunities develop through relationships that are established within the Women’s Council.
- The Women’s Council’s committees are a great way for members to grow professionally as well as to acquaint themselves better with other members. Committees include:
- Education Committee. Develops education sessions offered to the industry at-large. These sessions are offered in various formats including public speakers at industry events and webinars.
- Fundraising Committee. Helps raise money to fund the Council’s programs.
- Marketing Committee. Works to promote the Women’s Council to current and prospective members and to the waste industry in general.
- Membership Committee. Keeps the members connected and involved through communications and organized social events.
- Scholarship Committee. Reviews applications for the annual academic scholarship award.
- Check out photos of some past tours and conferences.
Educational Programs and Resources
One of the primary focuses of the Women’s Council is educational programming. Programs are presented to Council members as well as the general waste industry.
- Webinars on various topics are offered each year, scheduled typically around the lunch hour to encourage participation. These sessions are open to all National Waste & Recycling Association members.
- The Women’s Council sponsors educational programs or speakers at WasteExpo in the spring and the Executive Round Table meeting in the fall.
- Visit the Association calendar of events to learn more about upcoming Women’s Council programming.
Women’s Council Member Resources
Information and resources available exclusively for Women’s Council members are available here. Current resources include a complete member roster as well as the Council’s operating guidelines, budgets, and board books from the past two years.
Waste Pro USA, Inc.
“As a relatively new person to the waste industry in 2009, joining the Women’s’ Council immediately gave me a wealth of connections. As the years have gone on and I participated more in the Women’s’ Council, I have gained friends and colleagues that have contributed to my growth as a person and a member of our industry. The Women’s’ Council programs and events are structured to teach, share resources and unify it’s members...I’m extremely proud to be part of this group that provides top-notch education, mentoring and networking opportunities, all in the name of advancing professional development.”
The Women’s Council established an educational scholarship program to assist qualified individuals in their pursuit of an education that will lead to productive careers in the environmental industry. All National Waste & Recycling Association member employees and their dependents are eligible to apply. The 2014 scholarship deadline has passed. Learn more about current and past winners.
Woman’s Council Leadership 2014
Jeanie Dubinski, Waste Pro USA
Laura Hubbard, Toter
Jean Wilson-Bredbenner, Republic Services
Secretary Membership/Education Chair
Terry Ricketts, Progressive Waste
Marketing Committee Chair
Scholarship Committee Chair
Mary Margaret Cowhey, Land and Lakes Co.
Immediate Past President
Kirsti Nelson, Otto Environmental Systems
The Association’s Chairman’s Council is a networking group for owners and senior managers of privately-held waste companies. On the group’s tour, participants visit various facilities and get to observe how other companies perform day-to-day activities and how they are handling the changing landscape of waste and recycling. This tour provides participants the opportunity to network with others, running similar type operations and dealing with similar business issues.
For more information on the Council, contact:
2014 Chairman's Council Tour Details
Learn more about this year’s Chairman’s Council Tour to Portland and Seattle here.
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 with socialize with peers
- Tour other members’ facilities to gain operational insights
- Be paired with industry leaders in a mentoring program
For more information on FILA, contact:
Jonathan Sper, Manager
FILA Supplier Chair 2014
Carmen Smothers, Bayne Thinline
FILA Hauler Chair 2014
Sean Steves, Republic Services
FILA Treasurer 2014
Jeanie Dubinski, Waste Pro USA
FILA Executive Committee At-Large Member 2014
Zach Martin, Rehrig Pacific
The mission of the Healthcare Waste Institute is to facilitate responsible healthcare waste management from all types of generators; to be the resource network for technical and regulatory assistance; to be respected as a proactive, responsive, and credible organization; and to create high value for members.
Institute members may access members-only information here.
For more information on HWI, contact:
Healthcare Waste Institute Services/Benefits
- National Waste & Recycling Association staff help HWI members interact with state and federal regulators and legislators regarding either company-specific or industry-wide advocacy issues, instead of managing such issues alone
- Association staff educate policymakers about key concerns and in-the-field industry operations
- Members get networking opportunities with the generator community
- Members get intelligence about important issues to industry
- Members get educational programs that are especially critical to companies that do not have full-time employees who monitor regulations, legislation, new technology, etc.
- There is one company, one vote in HWI decision-making.
- American Medical Waste Professionals, LLC (AMPRO)
- Angel Stream, LLC
- Assured Waste Solutions
- B2B Global Solutions, LLC
- BioCycle, Inc.
- Bondtech Corporation
- Curtis Bay Medical Waste Services, LLC
- Earth Compliance Solutions
- Earthwise Industries, Inc.
- ENCO LABS
- Golder Associates Inc.
- Healthcare Environmental Services, LLC
- IDC, Inc. Infectious Disease Control, Inc.
- Johns Refuse & Recycling,LLC/Global Environmental
- Larson-Miller Medical Waste Disposal Service
- Med-Flex, Inc.
- Medical Environmental Technologies
- OnSite Sterilization, LLC
- PharmEcology Services
- Rehrig Pacific Company
- Republic Services, Inc.
- Route Optix Management Systems, Inc.
- Schaefer Systems International, Inc.
- Secure Waste Disposal, Inc.
- Sharps Environmental Services, Inc.
- Summer Street Capital Partners
- US Army, Fort Detrick
- Waste Alliance Inc.
- Waste Management, Inc.
“We are a member of HWI because of our ability to achieve many industry advantages, including regulatory guidance and networking with peers. ... As a small business, we view our membership with HWI as a valuable asset.” - Statewide Medical Services
“[Our HWI membership] provides us with a network of knowledgeable and experienced contacts in the industry and an opportunity to stay informed about new opportunities, trends, and regulations to keep us on the cutting edge.” - OnSite Sterilization, LLC
“HWI is a way that the waste industry can stay informed and ahead of these changes, ultimately helping shape these changes in a way that carries out the Institute’s mission and improves the healthcare waste industry.” - Stericycle
The Landfill Institute is a policy-making group within the Association. Members are owners and operators of landfills and consultants, engineers, and attorneys providing services to landfills.
The Recycling Committee consists of industry professionals dedicated to solving common problems facing the recycling community.