MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2020
1. NWRA’s Healthcare
Waste Institute (HWI) published a COVID-2019 FAQs document to address
safe handling of waste during the outbreak.
THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020
NWRA urged Congress to increase funding
for the Small Business
Administration’s (SBA) lending program to $50 billion in order to fully
fund President Donald Trump’s plan to help small businesses during the
3. WIN: In North Dakota weight restrictions were lifted for truckers.
4. WIN: Virginia received a temporary waiver for overweight trucks, and hours of service extension on March 13th from the VA DOT.
MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2020
NWRA urged Congress and the Trump Administration,
letters and phone calls, to include the waste collection industry in the
national emergency declaration, exempting waste haulers from Hours of
Service (HOS) regulations.
6. NWRA sent a letter to Jim Mullen,
of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration (FMCSA) petitioning the agency to exempt the regulated
medical waste sector from Parts 390-399 of FMCSA Regulations.
NWRA penned and sent to Congress draft legislative language that
would amend federal law to include waste collection haulers in the FMCSA
HOS exemption when the president declares a national emergency.
8. WIN: In California, a 60-day extension on CDL licenses was implemented.
9. WIN: In Montana, a 90-day extension on CDL licenses was said to be expected.
10. WIN: In Oklahoma, a 30-day extension on CDL licenses was implemented.
TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020
with the Secretary of Homeland Security asking
that the waste industry be listed as critical infrastructure.
NWRA sent a letter to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
requesting the agency provide guidance to the states to issue
special weight permits during the COVID-19 pandemic.
sent many letters to state agencies seeking temporary exemptions to
certain handling requirements for managing waste and recycling during
the state of emergency. Chapters are
active in echoing these
14. WIN: The Colorado chapter was
asked by the Governor’s office to respond with specific statute(s) in
regard to the COVID-19 Letter. The chapter has isolated it to
30-20-100.5 CRS. The Governor’s
cabinet is meeting, and this letter
is said to be a topic of discussion.
15. WIN: In
an executive order issued by the Governor of Kentucky, trash collection
businesses were listed among the enterprises allowed to stay opened.
16. WIN: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment submitted a letter indicating regulatory flexibility.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2020
NWRA sent a letter to Vice President Pence and the COVID-19 Task
Force seeking temporary exemptions to certain handling requirements.
NWRA sent FMCSA a letter requesting relief on expiring commercial
driver licenses, guidance on drug
testing, and extensions for
19. NWRA joined other trade groups in signing
a letter to the Administration and Congress asking for monetary support
and tax relief, especially for small businesses.
In Florida, Limitation of hours - DEP indicated that they can extend
hours upon request for those permitted facilities; Tonnage limits – DEP
can grant a waiver if requested for tonnage limits at transfer stations
and MRFs, as well as tipping areas
and floors. Storage - DEP can
grant waiver if requested in regard to storage, recyclable materials may
be stored up to one year and yard trash for 18 months.
21. WIN: In Kentucky, a 90-day extension on CDL licenses was
22. WIN: The
Alabama Department of Emergency Management responded to the chapter and
discussed that they had chosen to mirror the FMCSA declaration in
regard to Hours-of-Service. They further responded that AL driver
and non-driver IDs have a 60-day grace period following
23. WIN: In Iowa, if you have a
driver’s license that has an expiration date of Jan. 16, 2020, or later
you do not have to renew your license at this
time. It will remain
valid for driving purposes until the declared disaster has ended. If
your vehicle registration expired Jan. 16, 2020, or later will be
considered valid until the declared disaster has ended.
WIN: Favorable media coverage: "NWRA Pushes for Regulatory Relief During COVID-19 Pandemic," Waste360
THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020
In additional letters and calls to the Vice President and Secretary
of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services, NWRA continued
making requests that the departments designate the waste and recycling
industry as critical infrastructure.
26. WIN: DHS designates waste collection “Essential
Critical Infrastructure” at the request of NWRA.
27. WIN: FMCSA exempts waste haulers from HOS Regulations in Expanded Emergency Declaration at the request of NWRA.
28. NWRA conducted a webinar on COVID-19 for the industry.
NWRA thanks the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
for providing guidance on managing waste and recycling during the
30. NWRA issued a guidance document for waste
and recycling workers to ensure the safe collection
of waste and recycling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
31. NWRA sent a notice to members that detailed the process for applying for disaster loans though the SBA.
NWRA wrote to Congress urging them to include financial
assurance from FEMA in COVID-19 economic stimulus legislation for the
waste and recycling industry related to customer bad debt and other
33. NWRA reached out to The Teamsters and the AFL-CIO to offer to work
In Texas, TCEQ Executive Directory Toby Baker’s responded with a letter
on March 19th to Darrell Smith. The Chapter is expecting something from
TCEQ and/or the Governor this week. There was a lifting of trucking
by the Governor this week. Additionally, on the 19th
Governor Abbott waived the expiration of driver licenses (including
CDLs) for 60 days.
35. WIN: In Maryland, weight limit restrictions were lifted per the Governor's Execitive
36. WIN: In
Tennessee, a 90-day extension on CDL licenses was implemented on March
19th. Increased size, weight limitations were implemented on March 12th.
In Connecticut, vehicle, vessel,
temporary registrations expiring
between March 10, 2020 and June 8, 2020 extended 90-days. CDL Expiration
date was extended by 90 days
38. WIN: In Nebraska, weight limit restrictions were lifted per the Governor's Executive Order.
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality submitted a letter to the
Texas Chapter of NWRA on March 19, 2020 explaining regulatory
flexibility on a case by case basis.
FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020
NWRA reached out to multiple trade associations seeking assistance
with the supply of gloves, masks, sanitizer and soap.
41. WIN: The
Arizona Governor issued on Executive Order to delay expiration dates on
license, ensuring residents over the age of 65 do
not need to visit Motor Vehicle Division offices to renew their driver
42. WIN: MA exempts motor carriers and drivers of commercial vehicles from HOS.
43. WIN: Kansas
Governor issued an Executive Order suspends hours of service weight
restrictions for persons operating motor carriers and commercial
44. WIN: Connecticut Governor listed trash and recycling collection, hauling,
and processing as essential services.
NWRA sent out a member notice with materials drivers can maintain in
their vehicles to share with authorities if they are stopped.
State Highway Patrol issued an emergency declaration providing
regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations related to
COVID-19, including sanitation.
47. WIN: Favorable media coverage:
"DHS Designates Waste Collection as Essential Critical Infrastructure," Waste 360.
In California, the State Public Health Officer designated a list of
Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers. This included individuals
who provide support to ensure the effective removal, storage, and
disposal of residential and commercial solid waste and hazardous waste.
In Nevada, the Governor’s Executive Order listed essential
including solid waste collection and
50. WIN: Oregon DMV extends CDL medical certificate grace period during state of emergency.
51. WIN: Illinois, Governor’s Stay at Home Executive Order includes waste and recycling as essential services.
Illinois, proclamations received from the State Police, from IDOT and
the Governor, combined with the recent inclusion of the waste industry
in the federal disaster proclamation, means that weight limit and hour
of service requirements have been suspended for the waste hauling
53. WIN: Iowa Department of Natural Resources published COVID-19 Enforcement and Compliance Protocol allowing regulatory flexibility.
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality released an amended
declaration of emergency and administrator order allowing regulatory
55. WIN: This week the California
Water Resources Control Board and the nine California Regional Water
Quality Control Boards published information allowing regulatory
flexibility on a case by case basis.
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services released a message to
NH Solid Waste Facility Owners and Operators allowing regulatory
flexibility on a case by case basis.
SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2020
NWRA CEO participated in a call with the insurance industry discussion
insurance facilities in the stimulus package.
58. WIN: New Jersey Governor designated waste collection as critical.
SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2020
asked Majority Leader McConnell and
Democratic Leader Schumer that
the COVID-19 economic stimulus package to prioritize assistance to
critical infrastructure industries as identified by the Department of
Homeland Security in its CISA Guidance on the Essential Critical
60. WIN: Ohio
Department of Health includes essential infrastructure excludes
individuals engaged in solid waste and recycling collection and removal
from stay at home order.
61. WIN: In an
emergency bulletin from
the West Virginia Department of
Environmental Protection, the waste and recycling industry was granted
regulatory relief as follows: Flexibility in the operational hours of
solid waste facilities (expanded hours); The relaxing of tonnage limits
state solid waste facilities; Extension of storage times at solid
waste transfer facilities; Reduction of disposal bans for recyclables
and yard waste; and Flexibility for compliance timelines for documenting
tasks required by solid waste facility
62. WIN: The
Governor of Kansas, in an Executive Order, declared that “people
working in sanitation and waste are crucial in the fight against the
spread of COVID-19 and their work must continue.
Colorado Governor’s Executive Order classified waste workers as
critical services and exempted trash, compost, and recycling collection,
processing and disposal.
64. WIN: In Delaware,
Governor John Carney
issued the fourth and fifth modifications to
his State of Emergency declaration. Governor Carney included a full list
of essential businesses, which included a Waste Management and
Remediation Services section. This section listed waste collection,
waste treatment and disposal and remediation and, other waste Management
65. WIN: Louisiana Governor listed solid waste industry as essential in Executive Order under CISA guidelines.
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection sent a bulletin on
March 22nd to WV composite lined solid waste landfills and approved
transfer stations stating regulatory flexibility.
MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2020
67. WIN: Massachusetts Governor declares waste industry essential Infrastructure during the COVID-19 crisis.
In accordance with the designation of the waste industry as critical
infrastructure, NWRA issued a Member Alert supplying all members with
a letter they can use when attempting to place orders for items
necessary to keep their employees and vehicles clean, safe, and
69. NWRA wrote to the National Governors Association,
the National League of Cities and the National
Counties asking states provide additional regulatory flexibility to the
waste and recycling industry in order to address issues related to
managing medical, residential, and commercial waste during the COVID-19
declared national emergency.
70. WIN: The Indiana Governor issued an Emergency Order suspending the expiration of CDLs until May 22, 2020.
The U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy
and Compliance issued
guidance on Compliance with DOT Drug and
Alcohol Testing Regulations. The guidance provides clarification to DOT
regulated employers, employees, and service agents on conducting DOT
drug and alcohol testing given concerns about COVID-19. This
comes after NWRA asked FMCSA in a letter sent to
Acting Administrator Mullen on March 17 requesting guidance on drug and
alcohol testing for the waste and recycling industry.
72. In a
letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, NWRA requested that
certain requirements that do not affect public health or endanger the
environment be suspended.
73. WIN: The Arizona
Governor issued an Executive Order prohibiting the closure of essential
services which included solid waste and recycling collection and
74. WIN: The Governor of Hawaii included
waste pickup and disposal as essential in an Executive Order.
75. WIN: The
Governor of Washington issued an executive order listed as essential
those who provide support to ensure the effective removal, storage, and
of residential and commercial solid waste and hazardous
76. WIN: Kansas Governor issued Executive Order prohibiting suspension of waste and recycling services.
77. WIN: The Indiana Governor listed the solid waste industry as essential.
Indiana Department of Environmental Management posted a notification on
enforcement discretion, extension of submission deadlines, and waiver
of specific regulations.
TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2020
NWRA issued an Action Alert to members asking that they contact
lawmakers in Congress to request that priority assistance be
to critical infrastructure industries as identified by the Department of
Homeland Security in its CISA Guidance on the Essential Critical
80. WIN: The United
States Department of Transportation’s
(DOT) Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a Notice of Enforcement Policy
regarding expiring driver’s licenses and medical examiner’s certificates
during the COVID-19 national emergency. NWRA wrote to FMCSA seeking
certain regulations including rules regulating driver’s
licenses. The Notice of Enforcement Policy is effective March 24, 2020
and expires on June 30, 2020.
81. WIN: Maine Governor designated waste collection as critical.
WIN: The Oklahoma Governor listed the solid waste industry as essential.
83. WIN: Favorable media coverage: "Waste Industry Asks EPA to Stay Enforcement During Pandemic," Bloomberg Environment.
84. WIN: The Governor of Mississippi issued an executive listing essential services including trash collection.
The Governor of New Mexico issued a Public Health Emergency Order that
listed all businesses
deemed essential infrastructure operations
including solid waste collection and removal, trash and recycling
collection, processing and disposal.
86. WIN: IN Wyoming, a 90 day extension on CDL licenses was implemented.
The Governor of Vermont issued an executive order that included
services or functions deemed critical to public health and safety, as
well as economic and national security. Included are trash collection
and disposal, recycling and operations.
88. WIN: The
Wisconsin Governor listed the solid waste industry as essential.
89. WIN: Kentucky
Division of Waste Management issued an Emergency Bulletin authorizing
the adjustment of hours of operations, lifting tonnage limits, storage
times. flexibility for compliance timelines for permits and allowing
recycling, yard waste comingled.
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection sent a
letter to NWRA stating regulatory flexibility is allowed on a case by
91. WIN: Missouri Department of Natural resources released a statement allowing regulatory flexibility on a case by case basis.
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection sent an email to
its regulated community allowing regulatory flexibility on a case by
93. WIN: South Dakota Department of
Environmental and Natural Resources sent a letter to NWRA indicating
that regulatory flexibility is allowed on a case by case basis.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2020
NWRA signed a multi-industry letter stating “It is imperative that the
federal, state and local governments come together
definitions of “critical infrastructure” making clear what manufacturers
must continue to operate, as well as take seriously the need to
transport those products and have the workforce available to keep
media coverage: "Coronavirus crisis 'unsung heroes' are waste management
workers, industry experts say," FOX Business.
96. NWRA joined
the US Chamber of Commerce, local chambers of commerce, and other
organizations from across the country on a letter to
Congress urging support for financial assistance in the COVID-19
economic stimulus legislation.
97. NWRA urged Congress to take up
the economic stimulus package and pass it without delay.
that it includes important financial assistance for businesses – large
and small – including loans, tax credits, and other provisions aimed at
incentivizing employers to keep workers on the payroll during the
98. NWRA Thanks
Labor Department for providing
important information to employers and employees by issuing guidance for
compliance with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
99. WIN: The Minnesota Governor Listed the solid waste
industry as essential.
100. WIN: Idaho Governor listed the solid waste industry as essential.
Vermont Director of Department of Environmental Conservation released a
statement allowing regulatory flexibility on a case by case basis.
THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2020
In a letter sent to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Peter Gaynor, the National Waste and Recycling
Association (NWRA) requested that FEMA establish a system to compensate
the waste and recycling industry for providing services to protect
public health and safety that would otherwise go unpaid. NWRA
shared copies of the letter with Vice President Mike Pence, who is
leading the nation’s COVID-19 response task force, and the House
Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery, which has
oversight of FEMA.
Montana Governor listed solid waste industry as essential in Executive Order under CISA guidelines.
104. WIN: New Hampshire Governor listed the solid waste industry as essential in Executive Order.
105. WIN: Missouri DOT granted weight relief and CDL extension for expired licenses and medical certificates.
106. WIN: In Indiana, IDEM executive team agreed routing of manifests by electronic means was authorized.
Maine Governor released and Executive Order regarding regulatory
flexibility for recycling and solid waste facility operation hours
enforced by the Department of Environmental Protection.
Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection released a letter to
all KY solid waste Management facilities allowing regulatory
106. Wisconsin DNR issued instructions on electronic submittal of documents and reports.
107. WIN: South Carolina Office of Environmental Affairs published information allowing regulatory flexibility on a case by case basis.
108. WIN: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection distributed a notification allowing regulatory flexibility.
Utah Department of Environmental Quality circulated a memorandum
regarding regulatory guidance during COVID-19, allowing for regulatory
110. WIN: Alaska Department of
Environmental Conservation, Division of Water Quality released a letter
allowing for regulatory flexibility.
111. WIN: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection allows for regulatory flexibility.
FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2020
WIN: Favorable media coverage: NWRA asks FEMA to cover noncompensated waste industry services, Waste Today.
113. WIN: Favorable press coverage: Waste collectors request regulatory suspension during COVID-19
114. WIN: The
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a temporary policy
regarding its enforcement of environmental legal obligations during the
COVID-19 pandemic. This decision came after the National
Recycling Association (NWRA) wrote to Administrator Andrew Wheeler
seeking regulatory flexibility.
115. WIN: Favorable press coverage: EPA Announces Enforcement Discretion Policy for COVID-19, Waste 360.
NWRA issued a media kit for use by its members who may receive inquiries from the press.
117. WIN: Alaska Governor issued a statewide health mandate, which lists the solid waste industry as essential.
118. WIN: North Carolina Governor listed solid waste industry as essential in Executive Order under CISA guidelines.
: In Minnesota, weight restrictions were lifted for truckers.
120. WIN: Favorable Pres Coverage: EPA Annponces Enforcement Discretion Policy for COVID-19, Waste 360.
Rhode Island Deputy Director for Environmental Protection sent a letter
to NWRA allowing regulatory flexibility on a case by case basis.
122. WIN: Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy allows regulatory flexibility on a case by case basis.
123. WIN: Washington state Department of Ecology sent a notification that regulatory flexibility is allowed on a case by case basis..
124. WIN: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency allows regulatory flexibility on a case by case basis.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released a
letter regarding enforcement discretion on signature procedures for
hazardous waste and low-level manifests and non-hazardous waste shipping
papers during the COVID-19 Emergency
MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2020
126. NWRA issued a COVID-19 media kit to its members.
127. WIN: Illinois
EPA confirmed that they will accept electronic signatures on permit
forms during the pendency of the COVID state of emergency declaration,
provided hard copy wet signatures are submitted once the emergency
declaration is lifted.
128. WIN: Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality released a statement allowing regulatory flexibility on a case by case basis.
129. WIN: North Carolina Environmental Quality allows regulatory flexibility on a case by case basis.
130. WIN: Tennessee, Governor’s Executive Order includes waste and recycling as essential services.
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has established an email box to
accept requests for the Commissioner of the MPCA to consider providing
regulatory flexibility, where possible, to assist entities in
alternative approaches to maintaining compliance.
TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2020
NWRA wrote to 14 remaining governors urging them to designate solid
waste collection as an essential service in their state.
NWRA joined many trade associations on a letter to President Donald
Trump, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and Senate and House leaders
urging support for additional financial assistance to help businesses
remain open during the COVID-19 health crisis. In the letter, the groups
propose the “COVID-19 Business and Employee Continuity and Recovery
Fund” to further assist with economic recovery.
134. WIN: Virginia
Department of Environmental Quality submitted a memo regarding COVID-19
Implications for DEQ’s Enforcement Program allowing regulatory
135. WIN: Pennsylvania Department
of Environmental Protection temporary suspends regulatory requirements
and/or permit conditions on a case by case basis.
136. WIN: Alabama Department of Environmental Management sent a letter to NWRA allowing regulatory flexibility on a case by case basis.
137. WIN: Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division released a letter allowing regulatory flexibility.
New Mexico Environment Department published recommendations for solid
waste facilities regarding COVID-19 related waste allowing regulatory
139. WIN: Arizona Department of Environmental Quality published information regarding compliance and enforcement implementation.
Montana Department of Environmental Quality published letter, DEQ
compliance and enforcement discretion, allowing regulatory flexibility.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2020
NWRA thanked President Trump for commending the vital work of the
industry. The President stated, “As we send plane loads of masks and
gloves and supplies to the communities battling the plague, and that's
what it is. It's a plague. We also send our prayers. We pray for the
doctors and the nurses. For the paramedics and the truck drivers, and
the police officers, and the sanitation workers. And above all, the
people fighting for their lives in New York and all across our land.”
142. WIN: This
week the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation published
information allowing regulatory flexibility on a case by case basis.
143. WIN: Florida, Governor’s Stay at Home Executive Order includes waste and recycling as essential services.
THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2020
NWRA published a poster its member companies can display to help
protect waste collection workers from COVID-19. The poster illustrates
best practices such as hand washing, using personal protective equipment
(PPE), and maintaining social distance.
145. NWRA wrote to the
nation’s governors requesting each state issue guidance related to the
registration of new vehicles. NWRA member companies continue to operate
and have collection vehicles that need to be properly registered with
the state motor vehicle agency before they enter service.
146. WIN: This
week Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE)
circulated a notice establishing regulatory flexibility on a case by
147. WIN: This week Oregon
Department of Environmental Quality published information allowing
regulatory flexibility on a case by case basis.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management agreed with the NWRA
recommendations to allow exchange of MSW manifest information by
149. On a phone call with White House staff, our CEO pushed for assistance
with financial assurance and personal protective equipment.
150. NWRA sent a letter and poster to city officials across the United States with important guidance for communities.
151. WIN: Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality published information allowing regulatory flexibility on a case by case basis.
North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality released a Temporary
Environmental Compliance Policy allowing regulatory flexibility.
FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2020
153. WIN: Missouri Governor declares waste industry essential Infrastructure.
153. WIN: Alabama Governor declares waste industry essential Infrastructure.
154. WIN: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources published an Environmental Compliance Roadmap allowing regulatory flexibility.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Sent a letter to NWRA-Midwest,
Vice President, in response to a request for extension of solid waste
reporting deadlines due to COVID-19. Ohio EPA responded that they “will
evaluate providing regulatory flexibility, where possible, to assist
entities in alternative approaches to maintaining compliance, such as
extending reporting deadlines and exercising enforcement discretion.”
MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020
NWRA thanked Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) for his letter to the Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the White House Coronavirus Task
Force in support of personal protective equipment (PPE) for solid waste
workers and others on the frontline.
This week the NWRA Georgia Chapter began its “Salute to Sanitation
Workers” campaign. The chapter is working closely with all Muni
Contracts and Customers to launch the campaign.
TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2020
158. NWRA produced a summary of state regulatory relief that was sent to members and made available on the website.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC),
Region 8 responded to NWRA inquiries regarding landfill construction.
The NYSDEC indicated that this qualifies as “essential”, and companies
can proceed with any new cell construction for waste to be received
through calendar year 2021.
THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2020
160. NWRA thanked Google for recognizing waste workers in the Google Doodle.