New York City’s Waste and Recycling Services Industry to Realign with NWRA’s NYC Chapter

New York City’s Waste and Recycling Services Industry to Realign Under NWRA’s New York City Chapter 

Arlington, VA – The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) and New Yorkers for Responsible Waste Management (NYRWM) announced today an agreement to realign all of New York City’s commercial waste and recycling service companies under the organizational structure of the NWRA New York City chapter.

The realignment of NWRA and NYRWM is now possible by a combination of new national leadership of NWRA and a resolution adopted by the NWRA New York City chapter in May 2018 that endorsed maintaining the open market system and rejecting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s zone franchising proposal.

“I am pleased that the entirety of New York City’s waste services industry will realign with our New York City chapter. Our industry is stronger when we work together. We look forward to supporting our new members and advocating for solutions affecting our industry,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith.

The goal of this realignment is to unify and strengthen the industry’s voice and advocacy efforts on a wide range of issues of concern to the industry, principally the current debate over whether and how best to advance the industry’s operations to meet the city’s new environmental goals while maintaining the many benefits of the existing open market system.

When completed, the NWRA New York City chapter will represent more than 50 companies, most of which are direct service providers licensed by the City’s Business Integrity Commission.


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