NWRA Applauds Introduction of PPP Flexibility Bill in Senate

NWRA Applauds Introduction of PPP Flexibility Bill in Senate

Amends the CARES Act to Allow PPP Loan Recipients to Pay for Waste and Recycling Collection Services

Arlington, VA – The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) applauds Senators Tom Carper (D-DE), John Boozman (R-AR) and Rob Portman (R-OH) for introducing bipartisan legislation that would increase the Paycheck Protection Program’s (PPP) flexibility by specifically including payments for waste and recycling collection services as an allowable expenditure under debt forgiveness provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

“We thank Senators Carper, Boozman and Portman for introducing this NWRA-supported bill to amend the CARES Act to allow PPP funds to be used by businesses to pay for their waste and recycling collection services,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “The private sector waste and recycling industry is essential to preventing the spread of disease and illness, especially now during the COVID-19 crisis. We urge Congress to swiftly pass this legislation and send it to the president for his signature.”

NWRA conceived the idea and worked with congressional staff and legislative counsel on the language. NWRA has conducted more than 150 teleconferences with congressional staff to urge support for such a measure in both the House and Senate. Separate House legislation addressing the issue was introduced by Representatives David McKinley (R-WV) and Paul Tonko (D-NY) at the urging of NWRA last month. That bill, H.R. 6987, currently has 13 cosponsors.


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