NWRA and SWANA Form National Alliance with OSHA

NWRA and SWANA Form National Alliance with OSHA

Arlington, VA – In a ceremony today with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt, the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) signed an alliance agreement with OSHA to promote workplace safety.

Drivers and operators from the private sector waste and recycling industry were on hand to witness NWRA President and CEO Dr. Darrell Smith and SWANA Executive Director and CEO David Biderman formally sign the agreement to enter into an alliance with OSHA. The alliance agreement is for two years and will help NWRA and SWANA coordinate with OSHA on how to make the waste and recycling industry safer.

“I am pleased to stand here today with our industry colleagues and formalize our alliance with OSHA. NWRA is committed to workplace safety and wants every employee to come home safely at the end of his or her shift. That commitment is reflected in our partnership with OSHA,” said Smith.

The alliance agreement commits the organization to collaborate in safety training and education efforts with a focus on backovers and distracted driving; slips, trips and falls; needlestick injuries; heat and cold stress; and musculoskeletal injuries.


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 www.wasterecycling.org.

Brandon Wright
National Waste and Recycling Association