NWRA Highlights CDL Apprenticeship Program Ahead of National Apprenticeship Week

NWRA Highlights CDL Apprenticeship Program Ahead of National Apprenticeship Week

Arlington, VA – In honor of National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2023, the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) is highlighting its apprenticeship program. The program was approved in 2022 by the U.S. Department of Labor. It helps member companies hire and train waste collection drivers nationwide by establishing a nationally recognized credential for a commercial driver’s license (CDL).

“Driving for the industry offers numerous advantages, such as rising wages, set daily work schedules and the ability to return home at the end of each day’s shift,” said NWRA Interim President and CEO Jim Riley. “Despite all this, our industry’s companies continue to struggle to find enough CDL drivers.”

The waste and recycling industry has experienced a growing labor shortage over the past several years, particularly when it comes to hiring individuals with a CDL. The private sector waste and recycling industry has a commercial motor vehicle fleet of more than 100,000 waste, recycling and compost collection trucks.

Apprenticeships are instrumental in rebuilding our economy, advancing racial and gender opportunities, building a pipeline to good quality jobs and supporting underserved communities. The 9th Annual NAW is November 13-19. For information about NWRA’s apprenticeship program, contact Kirk Sander at ksander@wasterecycling.org.


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 & Recycling Association