-NWRA Staff
March 19, 2020

NWRA Urges Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services to Designate Waste Industry as Critical Infrastructure

Arlington, VA – In letters to the secretaries of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services, the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) requested that the departments designate the waste and recycling industry as critical infrastructure during times of declared national emergencies.

“We are requesting this designation during the COVID-19 pandemic so that our members can appropriately manage waste and recycling material during this health crisis. It is crucial that regular waste collection be maintained in order to protect the public health,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith.

These letters are the latest communication from NWRA to the federal government seeking regulatory flexibility. NWRA continues to engage with Congress and state authorities as well to ensure our members have the tools and resources available to safely operate 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