NWRA Releases Best Practices Guide for Temporary Workers at Recycling Facilities

NWRA Releases Best Practices Guide for Temporary Workers at Recycling Facilities 

Arlington, VA – The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) released it “Waste, Construction, Demolition, and Recycling Material Recovery Facility Temporary Worker Recommended Practices” guide. The guide comes as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported earlier this year that while the waste and recycling industry saw an increase in nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses, the rate at materials recovery facilities (MRFs) decreased significantly from 9.8 to 4.9.

“The decrease at MRFs is promising, but today’s numbers show that we have yet to make real progress out on the roads where our collections workers face numerous hazards on a daily basis. We need to redouble our efforts and make sure that we are doing all that we can to protect our employees. The numbers today demonstrate that we have serious challenges ahead,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith.

NWRA is leading the effort to reducing injuries and fatalities in the industry through engagement such as an alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, partnership with the Environmental Research & Education Foundation for a request for proposals to provide a baseline analysis for what is occurring in the industry and improving the safety message through the redesign of our weekly safety newsletter, Safety Monday.


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