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How to Join

Please complete the application corresponding with your line of business for NWRA membership. If you have any questions, please contact Jackie Bessette at (703) 728-7589 or via email.


Collection and post-collection businesses, including waste/recycling collection, facilities such as landfills MRFs or composting operations.


Businesses that manufacture equipment and technology to be used in waste/recycling collection and processing.


Affiliate participation is available to individual public sector officials in the United States and Canada who manage waste collection, recycling or disposal operations, or related programs.


Member Benefits

Build Your Network

NWRA hosts dozens of events nationwide each year providing members with opportunities to network with new clients  and customers and help your business thrive. NWRA events include chapter meetings, golf outings, regional meetings and national events.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available to NWRA members to further promote your business and expand your reach across the industry.

NWRA Councils and Committees offer members the ability to focus on specific areas of interest within the industry. NWRA’s Chairman's Council, Future Industry Leadership Alliance, Healthcare Waste InstituteLandfill Institute, Recycling Committee, and Women's Council are all highly active organizations and open to all NWRA members.   

2020 Prospectus

NWRA’s signature events, regular communications tools and comprehensive educational programming deliver the best opportunities for you to reach your prospective customers. NWRA invites you to participate in our events serving as a sponsor or advertiser. Click here to learn more about our opportunities.


NWRA is the leading voice at the federal, state, and local levels on legislative and regulatory issues, working to improve the business climate for our industry and progressively make our industry safer, smarter and stronger. NWRA and its chapters work with government officials to educate them on NWRA members' priorities. NWRA also participates in legal cases in federal and state courts affecting members, and the waste and recycling industry as a whole.

Hours of Service ELD Exemption

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has granted a rare Hours of Service exemption exclusively to NWRA members that eliminates the need for them to use ELDs as otherwise is required under the new rule effective Dec. 17, 2019. NWRA will provide an updated list of its members to FMCSA on an annual basis as proof of exemption from enforcement for those companies. NWRA will also send electronic certificates of membership each year to its member companies for them to print out and carry in their vehicle fleets.

Stay Informed

NWRA is your source for the latest news and information on the waste and recycling industry.  As a member of NWRA, you and your entire staff will be eligible to receive Weekly Clips with the latest news about the industry, monthly updates from our CEO, and Safety Monday (available in English and Spanish). 

Education / Safety Training

To help you and your employees grow in the waste and recycling industry, NWRA provides education and certification programs that are second to none. Only NWRA offers the Certified Safe Driver program, Safety Seminars in cities across the U.S., and informative webinars on hot topics in the industry. In addition, are the exclusive provider of education sessions at WasteExpo, North America’s largest solid waste and recycling tradeshow.

NWRA offers an extensive library of instructional videos and training material on a variety of industry safety issues.  As a member, you’ll receive Safety Monday and have access to our safety seminars held in cities across the United States.

Data and Research

NWRA's statistics program provides members, the industry, and the public with economic analysis, data, and trends on the waste and recycling industry. This data helps you develop better business plans, provides growth projections and comparative analysis.

NWRA provides members with:

  • National level data
    • Revenue by industry
    • Employment
    • Unemployment rate
    • Hourly worker pay
    • Hourly pay for all workers
  • State level
    • Revenue
    • Employment
    • Payroll
    • Economic impact of waste, recycling and remediation industry

Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Looking for the best way to put your brand in front of the waste and recycling industry's decision makers? Sponsor an NWRA event and feel the impact. Click Here to learn more. 
  • Click Here for Arizona specific Sponsorship Opportunities.

Waste Industry Marketplace

Since 2007, NWRA’s Waste Industry Marketplace has the easiest way for NWRA members and other waste and recycling industry professionals to find the products and services you need without the clutter of an Internet search. 

The Waste Industry Marketplace is a free program that promotes and encourages NWRA members to do business with other members, delivering a new level of value by directly connecting member businesses with special offers and promotions from other NWRA member companies.

NWRA Export Expansion Program (NEEP)

The NWRA Export Expansion Program provides its member companies with the tools and resources required to access new and increase existing overseas markets for their recyclables, equipment, and services. NEEP assists its member companies’ efforts to navigate the complexities of federal agencies governing trade as well as provide opportunities to participate in trade missions. 

Help Your Bottom Line

NWRA’s Member Savings Program partners save member businesses thousands of dollars each year.

NWRA members also receive a discount on their booth space at WasteExpo, North America’s largest solid waste and recycling tradeshow.

Members save:

Members save: 

  • 12% in booths between 100 - 200 sq/ft
  • 13.3% on booths 300 - 5,000 sq/ft
  • 16% on booths 5,000+ sq/ft

10% of your spend on exhbits and advertising on Waste360 will also go to your NWRA membership dues!