-NWRA Staff
August 23, 2022

NWRA Celebrates National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week

Arlington, VA – President Joe Biden designated August 21 through August 27, 2022, as National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week. The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) has long supported hiring members of the National Guard and Reserves and allowing them to serve.

“Citizen soldiers have the unique obligation of balancing work, family, personal lives and their commitment to defending the country. Without the continued support of those around us, we could not excel,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith, a graduate of the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina.

Jonathan Taylor, NWRA’s director of government and political affairs, also a graduate of the Citadel, serves in the Washington, D.C., National Guard.

“One day, I could be on Capitol Hill working on getting legislation passed with NWRA, and the next, I could be there as a Capitol Guardian with the D.C. Army National Guard,” said Taylor. “Whenever I do the latter, I have peace of mind knowing that my coworkers at NWRA support me. The team helps me with workloads, keeps me in the loop and gives me appropriate flexibility to ease back into work when the time comes. Their support allows me to be the best soldier and the best coworker I can be. It is a blessing to work for an organization that cares so much for citizen soldiers as NWRA does.”


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 various other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit www.wasterecycling.org.

Brandon Wright
National Waste & Recycling Association