NWRA Announces its Support for “The RECYCLE Act”

NWRA Announces its Support for “The RECYCLE Act”

Bipartisan Legislation Aims to Educate the Public to Clean Up the Recycling Stream

Arlington, VA – The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) announced today its strong support for Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Debbie Stabenow’s (D-MI) “Recycling Enhancements to Collection and Yield through Consumer Learning and Education (RECYCLE) Act of 2019.”

The legislation, set to be introduced in the Senate today, aims to increase both the quality and quantity of recycled materials. The bill would establish a consumer recycling education and outreach grant program within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in an effort to clean up America’s recycling stream.

“NWRA welcomes this bipartisan legislation as our industry works to address the challenges it faces from the loss of China as a market for recyclable commodities,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “We are pleased that the RECYCLE Act recognizes the important roles that nonproft organizations as well as public-private partnerships can play in increasing collection rates and decreasing contamination in residential recycling programs.”

Providing funding for education and outreach to inform consumers and households about what is accepted in their residential recycling programs is an important step in increasing both the quantity and quality of recycled material. NWRA looks forward to working with Senators Portman and Stabenow to encourage passage of this bill and on their future efforts to incentivize upgrades to America’s recycling infrastructure.


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