NWRA Calls on Congress to Pass Recycling Legislation Following Hearing

NWRA Calls on Congress to Pass Recycling Legislation Following Hearing

Arlington, VA – The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies held a hearing on “Strengthening Community Recycling Programs: Challenges and Opportunities.”

“The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) appreciates Congress for holding this hearing. We have worked with Congressional leaders on bipartisan solutions to increase both the quality and quantity of recycled materials with our support for Senator Rob Portman’s (R-OH) RECYCLE Act. The legislation would create a consumer recycling education and outreach grant program within the Environmental Protection Agency in an effort to clean up America’s recycling stream.

“Furthermore, we actively opposed proposed legislation that would establish product stewardship or extended producer responsibility financing schemes. On behalf of the private waste collection industry, I urge Congress to pass bipartisan, responsible legislation like the RECYCLE Act,” said Darrell Smith, NWRA president and CEO. “We will continue to work with stakeholders like Environmental Protection Agency and other federal partners to develop policies aimed at strengthening recycling programs.


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