NWRA Requests One Category for Waste and Recycling Industry from DHS

NWRA Requests One Category for Waste and Recycling Industry from DHS

Arlington, VA – In a letter to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) urged CISA to create one category for the waste and recycling industry in addition to the five different “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” designations currently used.

“During this global health pandemic, NWRA members have been classified as ‘essential’ and are listed in five different categories. NWRA requests that CISA establish a new category for our industry, the Waste and Recycling Collection Services and Processing Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers category. We believe that as other national emergencies or natural disasters occur, a clear designation for the industry will help ensure our member companies can continue to operate safely,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith.

NWRA member companies have continued providing waste and recycling services to their customers and communities in order to protect the public’s health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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