NWRA Chairman Harvey Submits Written Testimony Before House Transportation Committee

NWRA Chairman Harvey Submits Written Testimony Before House Transportation Committee

Harvey Urges Congress to Support Incentives to Encourage States to Adopt “Move Over” Laws for Waste and Recycling Workers

Arlington, VA – National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) Chairman Ben Harvey submitted written testimony for the record on behalf of the Association before the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee’s Highways and Transit Subcommittee for its hearing on “Every Life Counts: Improving the Safety of our Nation’s Roadways.” Harvey called attention to the fact that the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) named the waste and recycling collector as the fifth most dangerous occupation and that in 2017 “Waste and Recycling” had 33 fatalities, of which 23 were transportation related.

Harvey urged Congress to use federal infrastructure legislation or surface transportation appropriations as a vehicle to enact incentives for states to adopt “Move Over” laws that include waste and recycling collection workers similar to the incentives it uses to encourage states to set and keep their legal drinking age at 21 years old. He stated, “This is an opportunity for Congress to make a real difference in improving safety with minimal effort and no additional cost.”

“Move Over laws carry an important message—take your time and slow down around waste and recycling collection trucks,” said Darrell Smith, NWRA president and CEO. “NWRA member companies have been diligent in providing advanced safety training for drivers and those who hop off the trucks to make collections. However, distracted drivers operating near a collection truck are a major hazard for waste collection workers.”

NWRA has been at the forefront of efforts to expand state “Move Over” laws to include waste and recycling vehicles.


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