EREF Helps Waste and Recycling Industry Improve Safety

EREF Helps Waste and Recycling Industry Improve Safety

Arlington, VA – The Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) will manage research efforts to improve safety in the waste and recycling industry as solid waste management can be a dangerous job.

“We appreciate EREF’s role as a strategic partner in this project,” said Kirk Sander, NWRA chief of staff and vice president, safety and standards. “We expect the research will help us identify practices that are working and not working so we can improve our safety posture.”

Researchers from the University of South Carolina (USC) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) will collect and aggregate data from publicly available databases and other sources. This project aims to identify factors contributing to worker fatalities and injuries and use that information to develop guidance to improve awareness of safety issues and promote safety. The goal is zero fatalities.

“EREF has long supported a better understanding of solid waste management safety by funding multiple research and educational projects. With support by project grantees USC and UNL, we will gain a better understanding of how safety incidents occur, which can lead to the development of strategies that can further reduce fatalities,” said Dr. Bryan Staley, EREF president and CEO.


The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that manage waste, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit

Brandon Wright
National Waste and Recycling Association