NWRA Encourages the Industry to Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19

NWRA Encourages the Industry to Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Requires Staff to Be Vaccinated as Delta Variant Spreads

Arlington, VA – The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) announced today that it is requiring all its employees to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. This announcement comes as NWRA encourages those working in the waste and recycling industry who are eligible to get vaccinated to do so as quickly as possible.

“If we are going to push past COVID-19 and the spreading Delta variant, we need everyone in the waste and recycling industry to get the vaccine. That is why I am announcing that NWRA will require all employees to be vaccinated,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “We all need to do our part and getting vaccinated is the next step in that process. We encourage others to do the same.”

Full approvals from the Food and Drug Administration of COVID-19 vaccines, currently being administered under emergency use authorization, are expected as early as September. Studies of these vaccines show six-month efficacy rates in excess of 90 percent in preventing symptomatic disease and resulting hospitalizations.

NWRA announced in April that its current staff is fully vaccinated. This policy will apply to new hires as NWRA follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.

For more information about the vaccine and how to get one, please visit www.cdc.gov.


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