NWRA Comments on Proposed Municipal Standards from SWEEP

NWRA Comments on Proposed Municipal Standards from SWEEP

As Secretariat for ANSI Standards, NWRA Urges the Municipal Standard Engage in the ANSI Process

Arlington, VA – The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) provided comments on the Solid Waste Environmental Excellence Protocol (SWEEP). The standards would evaluate various aspects of municipal solid waste services.

Though it was not clear from SWEEP that it would accept comments from industry trade associations, NWRA and other associations filed comments ahead of the March 3 deadline.

“Due to the uncertainty, as to whether NWRA’s comments would be considered, the association has not developed a comprehensive set of comments,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith.

In its comments, NWRA pointed out inconsistencies between what was proposed and what was discussed at stakeholder meetings attended by NWRA and other industry trade groups, notably, that while the SWEEP standard makes landfill diversion a goal, it does not mention diversion from incineration. Therefore, we ask if the standard prefers incineration.

NWRA also mentioned in its comments that it is the Secretariat for ANSI Standards and urged “that the SWEEP Municipal Standard engage fully in the ANSI process.”


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