NWRA Celebrates Earth Day 2021 

NWRA Celebrates Earth Day 2021 

Arlington, VA – For the 51st annual Earth Day, the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) is honoring the work of those employed in the waste and recycling industry. These men and women have been working on the frontlines of environmental stewardship not only during the global pandemic but every day, helping safeguard public health and the environment.

“As we slowly begin to put the coronavirus pandemic behind us, it is important that we take this Earth Day to recognize the dedicated work of the men and women in our industry,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “They have overcome great challenges in the last year, while still protecting the environment and public health.”

NWRA is also doing its part to support this year’s Earth Day theme “Restore Our Earth,” which focuses on natural processes, emerging green technologies and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems. To help the public better understand the inner workings of our industry, and to ultimately reduce waste and increase recycling, NWRA is sharing two of its free and informative educational tools: the “Where Does My Garbage Go?” coloring book produced by the NWRA Women’s Council, and the “Waste & Recycling For Dummies” e-book produced by NWRA and the Environmental Research & Education Foundation.

“It’s important for us to educate people of all ages about our industry and the proper way of recycling,” added Smith. “There is a lot of inaccurate information out there, and these free tools provide a detailed look inside the inner workings of our industry. Our industry goes way beyond the curb, and our hope is that these resources help others learn about the many roles our industry plays in keeping people and the world healthy and safe.”

Few industries are so integrated into our lives as the waste and recycling industry. From traveling every road in America at least once a week collecting waste and recyclables to processing it for reuse or safe disposal, NWRA’s member companies continue working hard to protect the environment and public health. For them, every day is Earth Day.



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