-NWRA Staff
March 9, 2020

NWRA Publishes COVID-19 FAQ Document to Provide Guidance on Safe Handling of Waste During Outbreak

Arlington, VA – Today, the National Waste & Recycling Association’s (NWRA) Healthcare Waste Institute (HWI) published its latest document, COVID-2019 FAQs, to address safe handling of waste during this COVID-19 outbreak. The document aims to provide answers and guidance to commonly asked questions from NWRA member companies that do not routinely collect or process regulated medical waste. Notably, waste from homes where a patient has tested positive for COVID-19 can be managed as they would for the flu. No special precautions are necessary.

“It is important that everyone have the facts about COVID-19. As the outbreak spreads, it is important everyone understands how to safely handle waste. I applaud our Healthcare Waste Institute for preparing this timely FAQ document,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith.

At the end of January, HWI previously published interim guidance on the safe handling of waste during the outbreak.


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