NWRA Announces 2022 Industry Leadership Awards

NWRA Announces 2022 Industry Leadership Awards

Arlington, VA – The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) announced its 2022 Membership Award recipients across three categories for their contributions in support of the waste and recycling industry and the Association.

The 2022 honorees are as follows: Services Member of the Year Award: Shelley Sayward, Casella Waste Systems; Suppliers Member of the Year Award: Martin Mattsson, Volvo Construction Equipment North America, Inc.; Chapter Leadership Award: Brad Eisenhart, WM; Services Distinguished Service Award: Pete Keller, Republic Services, Inc.; and Suppliers Distinguished Service Award: Mike McLaughlin, McLaughlin Family Companies/New Way Trucks.

“Our member companies and their employees are the strength of NWRA. Without these individuals’ leadership and contributions, NWRA would not be the leading association in the waste industry. I congratulate them on their achievements,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith.

The honorees will be recognized at NWRA’s Executive Leadership Roundtable event in October.

About the Awards

Members of the Year are selected based upon extraordinary service to the mission and goals of NWRA and the industry over the past year.

Chapter Leadership awards are presented to members whose contributions to an NWRA chapter were particularly meritorious.

Distinguished Service awards are presented to longstanding members of NWRA who render service in pursuit of the Association’s mission and goals. These awards recognize the highest spirit of volunteerism, personal integrity, professionalism and performance in an honorable and ethical manner.

About the Winners
Services Member of the Year

Shelley Sayward, Casella Waste Systems

Services Member of the Year was awarded to Shelley Sayward of Casella Waste Systems, Inc. in Rutland, Vermont. Sayward has played an integral role in helping to positively shape much of the policy discussion on key industry issues throughout the Northeast. As a senior leader at Casella, her first term as the vice chair of NWRA’s Government Affairs Committee has provided significant insight and influence in advancing recycling and waste disposal infrastructure policy outcomes in Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont. Her positive contributions have been felt throughout the association and beyond, as she continues to be a unifying voice across several issues while advancing critical environmental health and safety infrastructure in the communities Casella serves.

Suppliers Member of the Year

Martin Mattsson, Volvo Construction Equipment North America

Mattsson was selected for his significant contributions to the industry and his service leading committees, volunteering on the Suppliers Board of Governors and supporting NWRA’s Future Industry Leaders Alliance (FILA).

Chapter Leadership

Brad Eisenhart, WM

Indiana Chapter Chair Eisenhart first took over an unexpired term of a chair who moved to a different state and has since been a steady hand on the wheel of the chapter. He has helped the chapter successfully navigate many legislative and regulatory challenges that the industry has faced over the past year.

Services Distinguished Service

Pete Keller, Republic Services, Inc.

Keller chaired the NWRA Recycling Committee from its formation in 2013 until the end of 2021 when he had to step aside due to term limits. During his time as chairman, Keller led the committee through multiple crises including China’s Green Fence, National Sword and Blue Sky initiatives and the COVID-19 pandemic challenges.

Suppliers Distinguished Service

Mike McLaughlin, McLaughlin Family Companies/New Way Trucks

McLaughlin has consistently supported the industry by volunteering on boards and committees such as the NWRA Suppliers Board of Governors. He and McLaughlin Family Companies/New Way Trucks continue to provide important financial support to NWRA and the industry.


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 various other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit www.wasterecycling.org.

Brandon Wright
National Waste and Recycling Association