-NWRA Staff
October 19, 2021

NWRA Files Comments on PHMSA’s Proposal to Harmonize Hazard Materials Regulations with International Standards

Arlington, VA – The Healthcare Waste Institute (HWI) of the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) identified several areas of concern in comments filed with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) regarding its proposal to align certain hazardous materials rules regulating hazardous medical waste with international standards.

HWI urged PHMSA to provide clarifying guidance on proposals that address labeling and packaging requirements in its comments. HWI also requested the agency consider expediting its special permit process to avoid lengthy storage of medical waste.

“We appreciate and support efforts to harmonize with international standards,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “HWI and its member companies welcome the opportunity to discuss these proposals with the agency to address our concerns.”


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 and Recycling Association