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Safety is one of the National Waste and Recycling Association’s top priorities.  To further our mission to make our industry safer, NWRA hosts three Safety Stand Downs annually which any company in the industry can participate.

NWRA Professional Development Series

As part of NWRAs mission to move the needle on industry safety, we have launced a series of professional development events taking place throughout the nation. This free, half-day event, brings safety experts to your town as part of NWRAs commitment to moving the needle of safety in the waste and recycling industry. This year's series focuses on safety culture and the top five things that employers need to know about safety and compliance.

Safety Stand Down

To further our mission to make our industry safer, NWRA hosts three targeted Safety Stand Downs annually. Each week-long Safet Stand Down campaign focuses on a seperate safety topic. NWRA provides participating companies from throughout the industry with valuable resources to distribute and use to train employees on the topic. NWRA also works with other organizations, membership associations, government agencies, and local communities to raise awareness throughout the industry about these safety issues during the campaign. One of our most recent Safety Stand Downs highlighted Back to School Safety.

2018 Safety Stand Down on Backing

This week-long training and awareness effort is focused around reducing accidents, fatalities and injuries related to truck backing incidents which represents a common challenge for the industry. Fatalities caused by backing vehicles continue to be a leading cause of preventable deaths for waste & recycling workers, accounting for nearly 30% of industry worker fatalities in 2015. NHTSA’s extensive research study of 10,092 fatalities of truck crashes involving cars. The study showed that large trucks were at-fault for 87 of 89 backing crash fatalities (98%) involving cars.

Please join NWRA and our partners the week of February 12-16, 2018 in creating a Safer, Smarter, Stronger waste & recycling industry. Members of the waste and recycling industry are asked to join in NWRA’s commitment toward significantly improving safety for the waste and recycling industry by taking part in this effort.

Participation in the stand down means that your company has joined with waste and recycling companies across the country to commit to:

  1. Conducting a risk assessment at job sites and review safety policies and procedures for backing.
  2. Review company policies, procedures, consider enhancements, and then training employees on any changes.
  3. Posting Stand Down materials to the company website, in employee meeting rooms and on social media sites.
  4. Using a series of five editions of Safety Monday to share with employees during the event

Register here to pledge to take part in the week-long Stand Down for safety. Participants will receive a toolkit of resources for the Stand Down upon registration. There will also be a question of the day and safety videos from NWRA’s Safety Director Anthony Hargis posted on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.


Question of The Day: Monday-Friday 9:30 AM EST, click here for instructions. Find us on Twitter and Facebook by typing our handle @wasterecycling.


  • NWRA Safety Stand Down on Backing Survey
  • Click Here to view the Sample Press Release
  • Click Here for instructions on how to participate