-NWRA Staff
April 19, 2023

NWRA Applauds Reintroduction of Bipartisan Recycling and Composting Bills

Arlington, VA – The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) thanks Senate Environment & Public Works Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-DE), Ranking Member Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) for reintroducing The Recycling and Composting Accountability Act and The Recycling Infrastructure and Accessibility Act of 2023, two pieces of bipartisan legislation focused on improving recycling and composting systems in the U.S.

These bills were first introduced last year and passed in the Senate by unanimous consent. While companion legislation was introduced in the House and a hearing was held on the bills in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change in June 2022, the tight election-year legislative calendar did not permit sufficient time for their passage.

“NWRA applauds Sens. Carper, Capito and Boozman for reintroducing these bipartisan bills to improve rural recycling accessibility and data collection for recycling and composting,” stated NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “The Recycling and Composting Accountability Act and the Recycling Infrastructure and Accessibility Act are both integral to advancing America’s domestic recycling infrastructure and capabilities. We look forward to supporting this legislation again.”

NWRA has been working with congressional leaders and their staffs on these bills for over a year and a half, providing information, data and feedback on them prior to their original introduction in 2022 as well as testimony from NWRA’s then-Chairman Ben Harvey before the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee. NWRA has continued holding Capitol Hill meetings on these bills since the start of the 118th Congress in January.


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 & Recycling Association