NWRA Celebrates 60 Years of Advocating for the Waste and Recycling Industry in 2022

NWRA Celebrates 60 Years of Advocating for the Waste and Recycling Industry in 2022

Arlington, VA – This year marks 60 years since the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) was founded to advocate for the waste and recycling industry. NWRA, originally named the National Council of Refuse Disposal Trade Associations, has celebrated many accomplishments over the years and is excited to celebrate its 60th anniversary with its members, partners and the industry as a whole in 2022.

This year, the Association will launch various anniversary projects, including a video project and digital timeline produced by the NWRA Women’s Council; a social media campaign featuring NWRA’s members; and a specially designed, 60th anniversary-themed booth at WasteExpo. Additionally, NWRA will launch an official Association publication, with the first issue focused on NWRA’s 60th anniversary.

“Since our founding in 1962, NWRA has evolved to serve the advocacy needs of the waste and recycling industry, including the companies that collect and sort the waste as well as those companies that provide the equipment to do it,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “I am proud of our heritage and have tremendous confidence in our future.”

NWRA’s founding 60 years ago makes it the oldest trade association dedicated to the waste and recycling industry.

Interested in participating in one of NWRA’s 60th anniversary projects or contributing to the Association’s new publication? Please reach out to Mallory Szczepanski at mszczepanski@wasterecycling.org.


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