NWRA Announces 2020 Federal Legislative & Regulatory Agenda

NWRA Announces 2020 Federal Legislative & Regulatory Agenda

Document Reflects Successes in 2019 and New Goals for 2020

Arlington, VA – The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) has released its 2020 Federal Legislative & Regulatory Agenda covering the Second Session of the 116th Congress. The agenda, created as a resource for congressional offices and regulatory agencies to utilize, updates the waste and recycling industry’s policy positions on important federal issues.

“NWRA’s 2020 agenda addresses 31 policy positions on important federal issues impacting the waste and recycling industry—down from 36 in 2019 due to legislative and regulatory victories on six issues while one new issue has been added,” stated NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “We will continue our effective lobbying efforts to further reduce this number so our members can go about their business and provide safe, economically sustainable and environmentally responsible services and jobs that benefit communities throughout America.”

Jim Riley, chief counsel and senior vice president for government affairs, added, “Many industries go for years without being able to remove items from their policy agendas, but we were fortunate to be able to address a half dozen in just one year on behalf of our members.”

NWRA added a policy position on federal “Bottle Bill” legislation while removing items relating to an industry exemption for Hours of Service/Electronic Logging Devices, Tax Extenders, Occupational Safety and Health Administration Injury and Illness Reporting Requirements, Association Health Plans, Department of Labor Overtime Rules and the Department of Labor Persuader Rule.


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