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Member Committees

Members of NWRA have the opportunity to be a part of various committees that help move the association, and the industry forward. Our committees cover a wide range of topics that include but are not limited to government affairs, healthcare waste, and safety. If you are interested in becoming involved in any of the committees, please contact the listed staff member.

ANSI Committee

The National Waste & Recycling Association is the Secretariat for ANSI Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) Z245 on Equipment Technology and Operations for Wastes and Recyclable Materials. The scope of the ANSI ASC Z245 is: design, manufacture, operations, installation, modification, servicing, maintenance and use of equipment, technology, including the operations of facilities and activities in which this technology is incorporated, for the purposes of collection, transportation, containment, processing, treatment, and disposal of solid wastes and collection, transportation, containment and processing of recyclable materials. The committee meets at least once a year. Membership consists of individuals and organizations having a direct and material interest in the activities of the Committee. NWRA members and nonmembers are eligible for this Committee.  Your application will be considered during the Committee’s annual meeting, which generally occurs early March.

For more information on the ANSI ASC Z245 Committee and an application for membership, contact Kirk Sander at


Awards Committee

The Awards Committee is comprised of members of the Board of Governors, Board of Trustees, and other senior level executives with companies that represent both service and supplier members. The Committee reviews proposals for the creation and establishment of new awards (e.g. Recycling Awards launched in 2015), and they guide the timeline and judging process for major award programs, including Hall of Fame, Distinguished Service, Member of the Year and Chapter Leadership Awards. The Awards Committee also collaborates with the Safety Committee on evaluation of the Driver of the Year program.

For more information on the Awards Committee, contact Jordan Weiss at

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee has oversight responsibility for the Association's brand and higher-level public and media relations, web and social media, member communications, and marketing efforts. Its members generally have public relations or marketing responsibilities within their companies. The Committee established a comprehensive communications plan in early 2015. The Committee meets almost entirely via conference call and in person at WasteExpo.

For more information on the Communications Committee, contact Brandon Wright at

Education Committee

The purpose of the Education Committee is to identify and prioritize educational topics and opportunities that align with the Association's strategic plan. The Committee works with the Educational Director to identify educational session topics for WasteExpo and assists in recommending and confirming speakers for all association education programs, including seminars and webinars. The Education Committee meets monthly via conference call and is open to any employee or representative of a NWRA service or supplier member company.

For more information on the Education Committee, contact Megan Passinger at

Future Industry Leaders Alliance (FILA) Committee

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 and socialize with peers; tour other members' facilities to gain operational insights; and be paired with industry leaders in a mentorship program. There are five board members of FILA, who meet via conference call every two months. FILA hosts an annual Fall Tour and professional development workshop each September, in addition to a reception at WasteExpo. Membership is open to emerging leaders from association member companies. Additional dues are assessed for membership in FILA.

For more information on the Future Industry Leaders Alliance Committee, email Mallory Szczepanski at

Government Affairs Committee

The Government Affairs Committee provides guidance and support to the National Waste & Recycling Association for developing positions on federal, state, and local legislative end regulatory issues of interest to the waste and recycling industry. The Committee, formerly the Government Affairs Task Force, holds monthly calls concerning congressional developments and federal regulatory actions, and helps develop written comments and testimony in response to agency proposals. This committee is open to any employee or representative of a NWRA member company.

For more information on the Government Affairs Committee, contact Jim Riley at

Healthcare Waste Institute Committee

The mission of HWI 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. HWI members are involved in advocacy, intelligence-gathering, education, and networking. Additional dues are assessed for participation in HWI.

For more information on the Healthcare Waste Institute Committee, contact Anne Germain at

Landfill Institute (LFI) Committee

LFI is a policy-making group within the association whose members are owners and operators of landfills, consultants, engineers, and attorneys providing services to landfills. LFI members are involved in public policy, advocacy, and education.

For more information on the Landfill Institute Committee, contact Anne Germain at

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee is comprised of senior level executives and staff from some of our largest supplier and hauler members. This group meets via conference call to discuss issues on growing membership, member communications, new programs and special projects that directly impact members. Membership on the committee is open to any employee or representative of a NWRA services or supplier member.

For more information on the Membership Committee, contact Mallory Szczepanski at

Recycling Committee

The Recycling Committee was formed at WasteExpo in May 2013 to address common issues facing the industry with respect to recycling collection, processing, and marketing. Items of particular interest to the committee include Extended Product Responsibility (EPR), municipal Requests for Proposals (RFP), safety practices at Materials Recovery Facilities (MRF), designs for recycling, and the economics of recycling. The Committee meets bimonthly via conference call and in-person at WasteExpo and the Recycling Summit. Membership on the committee is open to any employee or representative of a NWRA services or supplier member.

For more information on the Recycling Committee, contact Anne Germain at

Safety Committee 

The Safety Committee consists of a group of representatives from association member companies who are active and knowledgeable in safety matters with a goal of raising the level of understanding of industry safety needs and requirements. The mission of the Committee is to make a collective effort to conduct the following activities: educate, promote safe work practices and procedures; collect and disseminate information and data; promote safety awareness to to the waste and recycling industry and the general public, while supporting positive public relations efforts. As necessary, the Committee will establish task forces and ad-hoc subcommittees. The Committee and subcommittees meet in person twice a year.

For more information on the Safety Committee, contact Kirk Sander at

Statistics Committee

The Statistics Committee oversees the activities of the Manufacturer Sales Data (MSD) program. Currently, through a third-party firm, sales data is collected from manufacturers or equipment used in the waste and recycling industry. Reporting categories include: mobile equipment (loaders), roll offs, balers, compactors, two-wheel carts, containers, mobile lifter tippers, stationary loader lifters, and tarping systems. Plans to include other types of equipment are being considered. This Committee meets twice a year, once via conference call and at least one in-person meeting.

For more information on the ANSI Committee, contact Kirk Sander at

Women's Council

The Women's Council is a group of MWRA member companies and their employees that fosters the professional development of women in the industry. The Council strives to empower women with increased business opportunities as wells as financial and leadership skills through education, workshops, mentoring, and networking. In addition, the council offers scholarships to students in pursuit of a career in the industry. Membership in the Women's Council is available to any employee or representative of NWRA company. The Council has a separate dues structure that is based on the number of employees from each company who are designated as members.

For more information on the Women's Council, contact Peggy Macenas at

Workforce (Recruitment and Retention) Committee

The Workforce (Recruitment and Retention) Committee was formed to assist NWRA members to recruit, select, train, and retain a 21st Century workforce. The Committee recently published a Toolkit for the hiring of qualified drivers and mechanics titled "Recruiting Skilled Workers." The Committee meets via conference call and is open to any employee or representative of a NWRA services or supplier member.

For more information on the Workforce Committee, contact Megan Passinger at